Kevin Bicknell, NPR, Fox River Grove Illinois discussed on Morning Edition

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One time suburban retreat has become a year round training facility glass there is headed to this year's winter olympics in pyongyang along with fellow nor gi members kevin bicknell and key larsen the coaching there's phenomenal and that's kind of fed our entire national team over the last fifteen years that coach is scott smith likewise lazarus smith isn't jumping at nordea since he was a kid i was very passionate about it in my dream was go to the olympics some dead made it to view a ski team and just missed out in the 1988 olympics and then i got into coaching right after that thirty years after his olympic hopes were dashed smith has become instrumental in turning a big hill in asia kogyo suburbs into olympic greats program he says part of the club's recent success can be linked to the purchase of this large ski jump from a small town in minnesota in two thousand four we knew it was a good jumped so we contacted the city they're announced if we could get the jump and they said yes so he went up there and dismantle that and that a truck down era and put it back up in here it is since says the bigger jump helps his skiers get better fast during competition distance along with style is a key factor for the judges at nordea steers land to jump gradual they start on small jumps and work their way up to the big one the us has it meddled in skijumping since he first winter olympics in nineteen twenty four and looking ahead to the competition in south korea smith in glasgow say while winning would be nice that's not their only goal i had a dream to be over to coach somebody that can make it to the olympics and the three guys that are gone i coached them all through their younger days and here they are in i would never had on olympian a now all of a sudden we have three three decades after he almost me the olympic team smith says he plans to be in the stands in young chung cheering on his skiers who trained at this unconventional facility in fox river grove illinois for npr news i'm quinn myers this is npr news and this is wnyc's.

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