Kevin Bickner finished 30th in the HS130 at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, Thursday. (Getty Images-Matthias Hangst)
LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 2, 2017) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL), 20, made another step forward in his jumping career, leading the USA on the HS130m large hill, finishing 30th at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. It was the best men’s finish on the large hill at worlds since Alan Alborn was 27th in 1999.
The event ended with high drama as Austria’s Stefan Kraft put down a stylish landing to take his second gold medal despite being out jumped in distance by both the silver medalist, Andy Wellinger of Germany, and the bronze medalist, Piotr Zyla of Poland.
On his first jump, Bickner soared 117.0 meters to finish 28th, making the top-30 cut for the second round. On his final jump, he managed only 104.0 meters and dropped to 30th.
All four Americans had qualified Wednesday night to compete in the medal round Thursday. Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) flew 107.0 meters on his first jump to finish 39th. Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) went 106.0 meters and was 40th. In his first World Championships, junior Casey Larson (Barrington, IL) was 46th with a jump of 102.5 meters.
The World Championships wrap up for ski jumping on Saturday with the four-person team event on the large hill.
Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) finished 30th in the World Championships HS130m ski jump in Lahti.
It was the best U.S. men’s finish on the large hill at World Championships since Alan Alborn was 27th in 1999.