Cary native Michael Glasder's hopes of making the United States Olympic ski jumping team have taken him to Japan for four upcoming competitions.
Glasder, 24, currently ranks third among U.S. National team members who are competing for four open remaining spots on the American men's team. Nick Fairall earned an automatic berth by winning the Olympic Trials last month in Park City, Utah. The remaining slots will be filled based on a points system based on performances in past competitions as well as the four events that will take place this week in Sappora, Japan.
Glasder, who placed 24th overall in an event in France on Sunday, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday night that the finish had earned him some points toward making the Olympic team.
"Feeling pretty confident at the moment," Glasder wrote. "(I'm) just going to keep things rolling."
Glasder posted on his Facebook fan page on Monday that he was supposed to compete four times in Poland. But those events were cancelled due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Of the four events scheduled to take place in Japan, two will be on 90-meter hills while the other two will take place on 120-meter hills.
The U.S. Olympic ski jumping team, which will include women for the first time, will be announced later his month. The Sochi Winter Games begin Feb. 8
– Jeff Arnold