EVENT - SKI JUMPING
HEIGHT 5'11" WEIGHT 130 lbs
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- February 13, 2010 - Alexander tied his U.S. teammate Peter Frenette for 41st place in the NH Individual Final Round.
- 2009 - First World Cup in Willingen, Germany
- 2009 Summer World Cup (Courchevel France, 15th place)
- 2009 Summer World Cup (45th place)
- 2009 Summer World Cup (33 World Cup points)
- 2010 U.S. Champion.
Club: Lebanon Outing Club
Having grown up in Lebanon, N.H., Nick Alexander was fortunate to have a 25- and 50-meter ski jump to start his jumping career as a 10-year-old. With the tremendous support of his family and the Lebanon Outing Club coaches, he was able to excel as a young jumper and earn the opportunity to attend the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y.
When he arrived for his sophomore year, he began an intense training and jumping program with the goal of making the U.S. Ski Jumping team, win a national championship and ultimately medal at a World Championship or the Olympic Winter Games. He is beginning to see the fruits of his labor. Currently, Alexander is one of the top ski jumpers in the United States. With more time spent competing in international events, he and his coaches felt this experience would spur him to the next level and ultimately make him competitive on the World Cup circuit. His ultimate goal is to be one of the pioneers in United States men's ski jumping, to help the United States be a powerful ski jumping nation.
He scored his first summer World Cup points and has been a consistent qualifier into the 50-skier World Cup field this season, along with winning his first U.S. championship.
I am a happy guy who likes to laugh and have a good time...I consider myself friendly and easy to get along with...I love music. It is a huge part of my life along with ski jumping.
I learned to ski and later to ski jump from members of the Lebanon Outing Club at storrs Hill in Lebanon, NH. I want to continue to compete for my hometown and the USA internationally.
I began ski jumping at the age of 10, but as each winter passed I strived to show more promise and talent to go along with my passion for the sport. Following my sophomore year of high school, I decided to take the next step. With the blessing of my family, I attended the National Sports Academy (NSA) in Lake Placid, New York. There I had the opportunity to go to school and train in an environment which encouraged those, who wanted to work hard enough, to excel at both.
In the summer of 2007 I accepted an invitation to train in Austria with some of the world's most elite ski jumpers. The two months I spent in Europe Pushed me harder to excel and I began seeing marked improvements in my distances and jumping style. I came back to the states with the confidence and skill necessary to be one of our nation's best jumpers. This hard work paid off at two national events at the end of that summer where I took 1st and 2nd place in the two competitions. Those results gave me the opportunity to train and compete throughout Europe the following winter for the USA with the men's ski jumping development team nick-named Project X. Project X is operating in place of the mens national ski jumping team. We are not funded by the US Ski Team and depend on donations and individual support. I had a successful 2008 winter season and was named to the A-Team for the 2008 Summer season.
The summer of 2008 was fundamental in my development as a high class ski jumper. I spent the summer in Austria again training with my close friend David Fallmann. I learned much from him and the coaches I trained with. Ski jumping became a little more simplified and I learned many new things I had never realized about ski Jumping. In the Month I was training in Austria and Germany I made a step forward to the next level in my jumping. I had the chance to test out my new style in Lillehammer, Norway at two Continental Cup Competitions. On the second day of competition I jumped 127 meters and was in 12th place. This was when I realized I had made it to the next level.
I was confident for the upcoming 2008/2009 winter season and finished the season with one of my best Continental Cup finishes and some continental cup points. Since that winter my jumps have continually improved and I continue to get top results for the USA.
Let me take a step back and provide you with a bit of ski jumpig history as it relates to the United States men's team. Up until the late 80's the United states had fielded a competitive team with notable standouts including a few world records and some outstanding World Cup finishes. As the 90's approached, those who were the backbone of the team went into retirement and since then the United States has struggled at times to field a team that threatened the world's elite jumpers.
However, Things are starting to change. As a new crop of jumpers threatens to win international competitions, our funding could improve. In the meantime, each team member is responsible for most of his expenses. The Ski Jumping Development USA team (Project X) has stepped in to fill the gap with a coaching staff and some travel support.