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USA’s Bickner 18th on Normal Hill on First Day of Olympic Ski Jumping – Canada’s Boyd-Clowes 26th


February 10, 2018 (Pyeongchang, South Korea) – USA’s Kevin Bickner, of the historic Norge Ski Club, finished 18th on the Normal Hill at the Alpensia Ski Jumping facility at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games. Canada’s lone competitor Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was 26th.

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Andreas Wellinger of Germany took the gold over Johann Andre Forfang of Norway who claimed the silver while his teammate, Robert Johansson won the bronze.

Windy conditions caused multiple delays in the first Ski Jumping event of the 2018 Olympic Games. Bickner, who was 14th following the first round, was one of many skiers who were forced to overcome the mental and physical challenges of a windy competition on the world’s biggest stage.

“I just had a really good jump in the right conditions and everything came together,” said Bickner of his first round jump. “The second round was a little more challenging with the wild wind and frequent delays. The jump wasn’t quite as good but I’m still pretty satisfied with my result.”

Bickner was one of four American athletes who qualified for the competition. USA Nordic athlete Michael Glasder, also of the Norge Ski Club, was 32nd, just missing the top 30 cut for the final round. USA Nordic athlete and Norge Ski Club member Casey Larson was 39th in the first Olympic competition of his young career.

And USA Nordic Athlete Will Rhoads of Park City Ski and Snowboard finished 46th in his Olympic debut. It was a strong performance by all of the US athletes, with Bickner’s 18th marking the best Olympic result on the Normal Hill since Alan Alborn was 11th in 2002.

Results here.

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