Nordic

Bickner Soars 214.5 Meters

by
Tom Kelly
2016-02-18 09:00
 

VIKERSUND, Norway (Feb. 14, 2016) - Imagine soaring nearly two and a half football fields off a towering ski jump. U.S. ski jumper Kevin Bickner (Barrington, IL/Norge Ski Club) became one of only a handful of American ski jumpers to have crested the 200-meter barrier Sunday, soaring 214.5 meters at the World Ski Flying Championships in Vikersund. It was the longest jump of his career.

Bickner put down the record jump on his first ride during Sunday’s finals, earning him a second jump, finishing in the top 30 for the first time in his career. It was also his first time on a ski flying hill, including the massive HS225 meter jump in Vikersund.

"Being my first time ski flying, it took me a couple of days to figure out how to manage this big of a hill,” said Bickner. "With that said, I still didn't have perfect jumps so I hope to bring the knowledge I gained here into the next ski flying comp in Planica to improve my results. I have a high level of confidence going into Junior Worlds in Rasnov next week."

Bickner recorded what is believed to be the second longest jump by an U.S ski jumper. Alan Alborn currently holds the American record at 221.5 meters, set in qualifying for the Planica, Slovenia World Cup in March 2002.

QUOTES

Kevin Bickner
Being my first time ski flying, it took me a couple of days to figure out how to manage this big of a hill. With that said, I still didn't have perfect jumps so I hope to bring the knowledge I gained here into the next ski flying comp in Planica to improve my results. I have a high level of confidence going into Junior Worlds in Rasnov next week.

RESULTS
World Ski Flying Championships