Westby ski club continues to keep ski jumping alive
WESTBY, Wis. (AP) — The Coon Valley and Westby area took a sucker punch — make that punches — to the stomach this summer when nearly a foot of rain fell, then ripped through the usually tranquil valleys.
Many of us witnessed what it did to the houses and businesses of Coon Valley as well as surrounding farms. Lives were, and remain, forever changed.
Finnish ski jump icon Matti Nykanen dies at 55
HELSINKI (AP) — Matti Nykanen, the four-time Olympic ski jumping champion whose personal life was affected by alcohol problems, has died. He was 55.
Nykanen, who also won seven World Championship gold medals, died Sunday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Nykanen became an icon of sport in Finland. He was 18 when he won his first competition in the storied Four Hills tournament, yet with boyish looks seemed even younger.
NY Gov. Cuomo wants $82M for state-run winter sports venues
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the New York authority operating state-owned winter sports venues and ski resorts in the Adirondacks to get tens of millions in additional funding.
The Democrat's state budget plan unveiled this week in Albany includes more than $82 million for the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Planning for its next three Olympic Games on Wednesday, the IOC added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — One day after setting the all-time record with her first win of the season, Sara Takanashi extended it in Sunday's ski jumping finale with her 55th World Cup victory.
The four-time World Cup winner from Japan, who ceded her season title to Maren Lundby of Norway, soared 99.0 and then 102.5 meters to earn top points for both, finishing with 250.4 to beat Daniela Iraschko-Stolz by 11.6 points and Lundby by 19.4.
Sara Takanashi claims record 54th career World Cup win
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Sara Takanashi claimed her first ski jumping World Cup win of the season to finally overtake Gregor Schlierenzauer with her record 54th career win on Saturday.
The four-time World Cup winner from Japan, who ceded her season title to Maren Lundby of Norway, soared 100.5 meters with her first jump and 96.5 in her second for a total of 227.1 points. She beat Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria by 3.0 points and Lundby by 5.4.
Rydzek leads German sweep in Nordic combined at Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Johannes Rydzek took advantage of his strength in the cross-country race to lead a German sweep of the Olympic podium on Tuesday in Nordic combined.
Fifth after the ski jump, the 26-year-old Rydzek erased a 31-second deficit in the 10-kilometer cross-country race and took the lead on the last lap to win the large hill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games.
Once again, US will meet Canada for women’s hockey gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States will play for a gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics.
Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them.
The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a score that Canada matched against the Russians later Monday to set up the gold medal showdown between the two premier women's hockey powers.
The Latest: Norway wins 2 gold, Canada and Germany share 1
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Canada set up yet another gold medal game against the United States in women's hockey, and had to share an Olympic title with Germany after a tie in the two-man bobsled.Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own record for a short program and finished in first heading into the free dance.
Johansson leads Norway to Olympic ski jumping team title
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The red handlebar mustache finally has a golden accoutrement.
After winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Robert Johansson helped Norway win the large hill team ski jumping title on Monday.
Johansson leapt 136 meters with the final jump as Norway relied on its depth to accrue 1,098.5 points and overwhelm 2014 champion Germany, which finished 22.8 points behind for silver.
The Latest: Contrasting games doubles for Hirscher, Fourcade
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Marcel Hirscher picked up his second Alpine gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, securing the giant slalom title by the largest margin of victory in the event at the Olympics in 50 years.
Martin Fourcade also collected his second gold of the games, but by the narrowest of margins. The French biathlete got the decision in a photo finish ahead of Simon Schempp in the 15-kilometer mass start.
Johansson leads qualifying for large hill ski jumping
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Robert Johansson carried his hot form into the men's large hill ski jumping final at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Johansson, with his trademark red handlebar mustache, led Friday's qualifying with 131.9 points after a leap of 135 meters at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center.
He won the bronze in the normal hill on Saturday and put himself in good position for another medal in Saturday's large hill final.
Eric Frenzel wins Olympic gold in Nordic combined
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Frenzel wasn't about to let a half-minute deficit deny him of another taste of Olympic glory.
Fifth after the ski jumping stage of the Nordic combined on Wednesday, the 29-year-old German started 38 seconds off the leader and surged ahead of Akito Watabe on the last uphill of the 10-kilometer cross-country race to defend his title in the normal hill event at the Pyeongchang Games.
Flying Finn Manninen back for another shot at Olympic glory
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Hannu Manninen couldn't resist the temptation for one more shot at Olympic glory.
The Nordic combined great from Finland took time out from his job as an airline pilot for Finnair to make one final comeback at his sixth Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The Latest: Wellinger withstands cold to win Olympic gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Andreas Wellinger withstood frigid temperatures and windy conditions to claim the gold medal in normal hill ski jumping.
High winds at the Alpensia Ski Jumping center during Saturday's first round resulted in a 30-minute delay of the final. The temperature was minus-11 Celsius (12 Fahrenheit) but it felt a lot colder with the wind chill.
Ski jumpers are brave souls who admit they’re crazy
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA Kevin Bickner seems like a polite, mature, smart 21-year-old from the Midwest. Except hes nuts. Like certifiably crazy.
And he doesnt dispute that opinion.
You have to have something loose up here, he said, pointing to his noggin, to find that enjoyable.
Ski jumping 101: Aerodynamics key to success
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It's the Olympic sport famed for its spectacular speed, exhilarating aerodynamics and cringe-worthy crashes. And yet ski jumping , a sport in which athletes hurtle down a ramp at 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour before jumping the length of a football field, remains relatively obscure outside of Europe and Japan.
Forfang gets ready for Olympics with ski jump win in Germany
WILLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Johann Andre Forfang of Norway defeated Kamil Stoch on Sunday to win his second World Cup ski jumping event.
Forfang soared 147.5 meters with his first effort and144.5 with his second to add to the victory he recorded in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany in 2016.
Stoch jumped 145.5 meters and 140.5 while Piotr Zyla of Poland was third with jumps of 142 and 138.5 meters, ahead of Norwegians Robert Johansson and Daniel Andre Tande, who won Saturday's competition.
Norway’s Schmid wins Nordic combined World Cup event
HAKUBA, Japan (AP) — Norway's Jan Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season on Sunday to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
After placing seventh in the ski jumping stage, Schmid erased a 1 minute, 14-second deficit in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to finish 6.6 seconds ahead of Estonia's Kristjan Ilves.
Tande beats Freitag to win ski jumping World Cup
WILLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Daniel Andre Tande of Norway defeated overall leader Richard Freitag to win his first ski jumping World Cup of the season on Saturday.
Tande soared 148 meters with his first jump and 146.5 with his second for 261.3 points to edge Freitag by 0.8 points. The German had jumps of 149.5 and 141.5 meters.
Dawid Kubacki of Poland was third after jumps of 145 and 139.5 meters, followed by teammate Kamil Stoch and Andreas Wellinger of Germany.
Lundby wins 5th straight ski jumping World Cup event
ZAO, Japan (AP) — Maren Lundby won her fifth straight World Cup ski jumping event on Sunday, building momentum for next month's Pyeongchang Olympics.
Lundby posted jumps of 97.0 and 101.0 meters on the normal hill for a total of 245.9 points, giving the Norwegian victories in six of the eight World Cup events this season.
"My jumps today were good," Lundby said. "Especially the last one. I was a bit late on the takeoff of the first jump."
Lundby wins 4th straight ski jumping World Cup event
ZAO, Japan (AP) — Maren Lundby won her fourth straight World Cup ski jumping event on Friday, building on her status as the gold-medal favorite for next month's Pyeongchang Olympics.
Lundby posted jumps of 101.5 and 100.0 meters on the normal hill for a total of 260.9 points, giving the Norwegian victories in five of the seven World Cup events this season.
Lundby claims 3rd straight ski jumping World Cup victory
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Maren Lundby won her third straight World Cup ski jumping event on Sunday to enhance her status as the gold-medal favorite for the Pyeongchang Olympics next month.
Lundby posted jumps of 95.5 and 98.5 meters for a total of 251.6 points, giving the Norwegian star victories in four of the six World Cup events this season.
Local favorite Sara Takanashi, still seeking her first win of the season, was second with 231.4 points after jumps of 90.0 and 93.0.
Lundby wins World Cup ski jumping event in Japan
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Maren Lundby of Norway continued her preparations for the Pyeongchang Olympics by winning a World Cup ski jumping event on Saturday.
Lundby had jumps of 95.5 and 93.5 meters on the normal hill for a total of 252.9 points to record her third World Cup title of the season.
Germany's Katharina Althaus produced jumps of 93.5 and 96.0 meters to finish second with 248.6 points, followed by Japan's Sara Takanashi, who received 238.2 points after two jumps of 93.0 meters.
Stoch wins 3rd straight 4 Hills Tour stop, Freitag crashes
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Olympic ski jumping champion Kamil Stoch of Poland won his third straight World Cup event on Thursday to further strengthen his lead in the Four Hills Tournament.
Stoch's main rival for the title, overall World Cup leader Richard Freitag, injured his left hip in a crash after landing his first jump. The German, runner-up to Stoch at both previous stops, didn't start in the final round.
Stoch wins again to extend 4 Hills lead
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Kamil Stoch won his second straight ski jumping World Cup to extend his lead in the Four Hills Tournament on Monday.
The Pole soared 135.5 meters with his first jump and 139.5 meters on his second for a total of 283.4 points on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen hill.
Germany's Richard Freitag was second again, as he was in Oberstdorf, with jumps of 132.0 and 137.0 for 275.8 points.
Hendrickson, Glasder earn Olympic spots in ski jumping
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Former World champion Sarah Hendrickson and Michael Glasder clinched spots in the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday as the overall winners at the U.S. Olympic trials for ski jumping.
Hendrickson was the women's winner with 263.4 total points after two jumps. She took the lead following a first jump where she covered 97.5 meters at 91.0 kph.
Defending champion Stoch wins 1st stop on Four Hills tour
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Kamil Stoch saved his best for last to win the first ski jumping World Cup of the 66th Four Hills Tournament on Saturday.
The Pole was fourth after a jump of 126 meters with his first attempt in Oberstdorf but soared 137 meters with his second for a total of 279.7 points, beating Germany's Richard Freitag by 4.2 points.
Overall World Cup leader Freitag was second in both jumps with distances of 128.5 and 127 meters.
Whitefish Winter Carnival will host Olympian ski jumper Eddie the Eagle in February to serve as grand marshal of the Grand Parade and a few lucky folks will get the chance to go backcountry skiing with the celebrity.
Michael Edwards, known as Eddie the Eagle, is a British ski jumper who in 1988 became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.
World Cup leader Freitag wins large hill ski jump event
ENGELBERG, Switzerland (AP) — World Cup leader Richard Freitag of Germany increased his lead in the overall standings by winning a ski jumping large hill event Sunday.
Freitag had leaps of 137.5 and 135 meters for a total of 286.4 points, 11.6 ahead of Olympic champion Kamil Stoch of Poland.
Stefan Kraft, the defending World Cup champion from Austria, was edged by 0.1 points into third despite jumping further than Stoch in the second round.
Japan wins 1st women’s ski jumping WCup team competition
HINTERZARTEN, Germany (AP) — Yuki Ito led Japan to victory in a women's ski jumping World Cup team event on Saturday at Adler Ski Stadium.
Ito soared 104 meters and 105 meters and combined with teammates Kaori Iwabuchi, Yuka Seto and Sara Takanashi to earn a total of 956.0 points.
Freitag leads German 1-2 at ski jumping World Cup
TITISEE-NEUSTADT, Germany (AP) — Richard Freitag led a German 1-2 Sunday to win his second ski jumping World Cup of the season and extend his overall lead.
Strong winds and heavy snow forced the event to be postponed three times and the competition to be decided by one jump rather than two.
Freitag soared 145.0 meters for 128.4 points, beating teammate Andreas Wellinger by 2.4 after his jump of 139.5 meters.
Norway beats Poland in team event at ski jumping World Cup
TITISEE-NEUSTADT, Germany (AP) — Norway's team held off Poland's challenge to win a ski jumping World Cup on Saturday.
Daniel Andre Tande led his Norwegian teammates to a total of 1083.6 points, edging the Polish team by just 0.8 of a point.
The Kristiania Sons of Norway will host a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rochester.
With a new ski jump facility to be built at Mount Frontenac, the group has asked Bryan Sanders, former U.S. Olympic ski jumper and executive director of the American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame in Red Wing, to speak about the project and the history of ski jumping in Minnesota.
When members of the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum gather for their annual banquet Saturday at Mount Frontenac, they'll have a reason to jump for joy.
That's because an Olympic-quality ski jump has won final approval from the Goodhue County Board and will be built right there at Mount Frontenac. Work is expected to start later this summer.
Minnesota golf course to become Olympic ski jump
RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A former ski resort and current golf course in southeastern Minnesota will be transformed into an Olympic ski jump suitable for world-class competition.
RED WING — Before Labor Day, Bryan Sanders hopes to see signs of excavation work on Mount Frontenac. The former ski resort and current golf course will soon be home to a new ski jump facility.
"We're still very confident we'll be moving dirt by late August or early September," said Sanders, a former Olympic ski jumper and executive director of the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum.
RED WING, Minn. (AP) — An Olympic-level ski jump is coming to southeastern Minnesota.
Goodhue County commissioners last week approved new zoning and a permit for the ski jump south of Red Wing.
The jump is expected to bring as many as 80,000 new visitors to the Red Wing area each year, including athletes training for the Olympics. More visitors are expected as the second half of the park opens in several years.
RED WING — In the home of ski jumping in the United States, the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners unanimously paved the way for an Olympic-level ski-jumping facility to be built at Mount Frontenac just south of Red Wing.
The land, owned by the Prairie Island Indian Community, is currently home to Mount Frontenac Golf Course, and previously was home to the Mount Frontenac Ski Area.
Kraft sets world record in ski jumping
VIKERSUND, Norway (AP) — Stefan Kraft set a ski jump world record during a World Cup on Saturday.
Kraft jumped 253.5 meters while representing Austria in the first round of the team competition. That beat the mark of 252 by Robert Johansson of Norway earlier in the event.
Before Saturday, the record was 251.5, by Anders Fannemel of Norway in 2015.
Kraft wins ski jump World Cup round to take overall lead
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Austria's Stefan Kraft soared to victory in Sunday's round of the ski jumping World Cup and took the overall lead as his main title rival Kamil Stoch underperformed.
Kraft destroyed the rest of the field with a 132-meter second-round jump that lifted him into first place with a total score of 267.5 points on the Holmenkollbakken hill.
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An annual ski jumping tradition continued this weekend in Brattleboro.
Takanashi backs up WCup series win with another victory
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A day after clinching her fourth World Cup overall title with a second-place finish, Sara Takanashi won a ski jumping event Thursday at the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The 20-year-old Takanashi had 215.10 points, beating Japanese teammate Yuti Ito's 213.60. Maren Lundby of Norway, who led after the first round with a Thursday-best jump of 103 meters, finished in third place with 210.20 points.
Takanashi nears ski jumping World Cup record with 52nd win
HINZENBACH, Austria (AP) — Sara Takanashi of Japan won her second ski jumping World Cup competition in two days on Sunday to close in on the overall record for most World Cup wins.
Her 52nd career victory left Takanashi one short of the best mark set by Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria.
Warm weather forces Illinois ski competition to be postponed
FOX RIVER GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Organizers of a ski jumping competition in northern Illinois have had to postpone the even for the first time in more than a century.
The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2k0hQBt) that the weather is too warm and rainy to hold this year's Norge Ski Club's Ski Jumping Championship in Fox River Grove. This weekend would have been the 112th championship competition.
Ito beats Takanashi for 1st ski jumping World Cup title
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Yuki Ito of Japan beat compatriot Sara Takanashi on Saturday to claim her first women's ski jumping World Cup title.
Ito had jumps of 95.0 and 96.0 meters for a total of 254.3 points to finish 12.2 points ahead of Takanashi in the normal hill competition.
Maren Lunby of Norway was third with 236.9 points. Ema Klinic of Slovenia was fourth, ahead of Germany's Carina Vogt.
Tande wins 2nd leg of Four Hills Tour, Stoch takes lead
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Daniel Andre Tande beat Kamil Stoch of Poland to win the second leg of ski jumping's Four Hills Tour but couldn't prevent the double Olympic champion from claiming the tournament lead on Sunday.
The Norwegian soared 138 meters with his first jump and 142 with his second to win his first World Cup of the season with 289.2 points. Tande was 3.2 points ahead of Stoch, who jumped 135.5 and then 143 for the day's longest jump.
Stefan Kraft of Austria wins 1st leg of 65th 4-Hills Tour
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Stefan Kraft of Austria soared 139 meters in the first run and defended his lead in the second to win the opening leg of ski jumping's 65th Four Hills Tour on Friday.
The 23-year-old Kraft, the 2015 tour winner, produced the longest jump of the day and followed up with another of 134.5 meters to finish with a total of 308 points, ahead of Kamil Stoch of Poland on 305.2.
Olympic hill in Norway takes on WCup ski jumping from Russia
OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — The International Ski Federation says Lillehammer will replace Russia as host of two men's ski jumping World Cup events in December.
FIS says the 1994 Olympic venue in Norway will stage the Dec. 10-11 competitions in addition to its scheduled meeting on March 14.
The Russian venue of Nizhny Tagil was removed from the men's World Cup calendar last month.