Kevin Bickner jumped to eighth place in the Einsiedeln, Switzerland Grand Prix. (U.S. Ski Team - Tom Kelly)
EINSIEDELN, Switzerland (Aug. 8, 2016) – Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; USA Nordic/Norge Ski Club) snagged a career-best finish at the FIS Grand Prix against many top World Cup jumpers, taking eighth place.
Bickner jumped 111.5 and 114.5 meters on the large hill against a strong field that included 14 nations. Maciej Kot of Poland won the Grand Prix, followed by teammate Kamil Stoch in second and Michael Hayboeck of Austria in third. Mike Glasder (Cary, IL; Norge Ski Club) was the only over U.S. athlete to participate, but did not make the final cut.
“I knew today if I jumped like I’ve been jumping the last couple of weekends, a decent result would come,” said Bickner. “But it was a little unexpected for this result to come so soon in a high level competition. It just gives me more confidence knowing it wasn’t my best performance.”
Bickner’s finish was the first top-10 result by an American in a Grand Prix or World Cup event since 2002, when Clint Jones (Steamboat Springs, CO) took second in the Innsbruck, Austria Grand Prix.
Next up, the ski jumpers head to the Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Hakuba, Japan on August 26.
Kevin Bickner took eighth place at the FIS Grand Prix in Einsiedeln, Switzerland.
It was Bickner’s best result in his career so far.
Bickner was second in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships last weekend.
It was the best ski jumping result for an American in a World Cup or Grand Prix since 2002, when Clint Jones was second in Innsbruck, Austria.
The ski jumpers next head to the Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Hakuba, Japan on August 26.