by Ray Piwowarczyk - (posted on 12/27/17)
NBC Sunday Noon
Fox River Grove Ski Jumpers Aim for Olympics According to Norge Ski Club spokesman Charlie Sedivec, what is being titled as Olympic tryouts on the last day of December on NBC is not quite accurate. The winner of the televised ski-jumping competition will be automatically placed on the Olympic squad to compete in South Korea. All others must qualify the traditional way, compiling enough world cup points throughout the year winning world cup tournaments by placing high in the standings. Six months ago, we were hopeful that we would place our first athlete ever on the Olympic team. Now, we’re very hopeful that at least two of our skiers will make the trip to Korea, and that three skiers would not be impossible. Michael Glasder of Cary, IL, Kevin Bickner of Wauconda, IL, A.J. Brown of Fox River Grove, Il, and Casey Larsen of Barrington, IL, have been competing all over the world this past year, racking up points and honing their technical skills needed to compete at the very top level of competition. Those who have never seen a ski jumping competition will have a chance on January 27th and 28th as ski jumpers from around the world gather at Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove IL to compete in the annual ski jumping tournament. On both days, the meet will begin at noon and go till about 4 pm. Tickets are $15 at the gate, but $10 in advance at many local merchants. For further information and pre-sale locations, go to or call 847-630-4328. Attention Sports Media?: This is a very historic moment in Olympic history as the Norge Ski Club, being the oldest ski jumping club in North America, has never been represented in the Olympic games. Currently, Norge has three of the top six jumpers in the country, and could, in reality, place three skiers as part of the four man US Olympic Ski Jumping Team. Please free to call me day or night at 847-630-4328. Thank you for your consideration and support. -Charlie Sedivec