Former Harris Hill jumper makes US Team

BRATTLEBORO — Former Harris Hill Ski Jumping competitors Michael Glasder, Kevin Bickner and William Rhoads all earned a podium spot at Sunday's Olympic trials in Park City, Utah.

Glasder, who just missed qualifying for Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, has made his first U.S. Olympic Team at the age of 28. He used jumps of 98 and 98.5 meters to take first place at Sunday's event.

Glasder, of Illinois, ended up with 270 points. Bickner, who made things interesting by soaring 100 meters on his second attempt, took silver with 268.6 points. Rhoads placed third with 256.6 points.

Bickner, who was born in Chicago, is the national record holder thanks to his 244.5-meter jump last March. Utah's Rhoads represented the US at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

In 2011, Glasder won the Senior Class at Harris Hill with 239.5 points. Bickner was the Junior II champion that same year on Cedar Street with 246 points, while Rhoads placed sixth.

This year's Harris Hill Ski Jump is scheduled for Feb. 17-18. Each day, the gates will open at 10 a.m., the trial rounds will start at 11 a.m., the competition will get going at noon, and awards will follow at the base of Harris Hill. The Pepsi Challenge and US Cup will take place on Feb. 17 and the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament will be held on Feb. 18.


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