The explosiveness of ski jumping, with athletes launching off a towering scaffold and soaring like a bird through the air. The aerobic energy of cross country skiing, with skiers powering up steep hills and accelerating on thin edge down sweeping turns in a head-to-head battle to the finish line. This is Ticket to Fly, the international ski jumping and nordic combined podcast. Each episode will take you inside the international world of ski jumping and nordic combined, bringing you into the start house and up close with the stars of the sport, hosted by noted nordic commentator Peter Graves.
Taylor Fletcher: Veteran Heads to Fourth Olympics
Steamboat Springs native Taylor Fletcher claimed a spot on his fourth Olympic team with a win in the Christmas Day Olympic Trials in Lake Placid. In his Ticket to Fly interview with Peter Graves, Fletcher speaks to the evolution he's experienced in nordic combined and the bright future he sees for future USA stars in the sport. It's an insightful look into the unique sport of nordic combined and Fletcher's own approach, how it has changed over the years and how he is approaching the Beijing Games.
Jeff Hastings: Pride of Norwich, VT
For the last few decades, few communities have produced more Olympians than Norwich, VT. In 1984, Jeff Hastings came within an eyelash of the first U.S. ski jumping Olympic medal since 1924. Today, Hastings continues to give back to the sport as a behind the scenes leader. His longtime commentary for NBC brought the sport to millions. Ticket to Fly host Peter Graves catches with Hastings on the eve of the 2021/22 Olympic season to look back at Sarajevo 1984 and to look ahead at the future of ski jumping in America.
Andreas Küttel: World Champion Reminisces About the Ski Jumping Family
The ski jumping family vividly recalls that day in 2009 when Swiss Andreas Küttel became a world champion in Liberec. Growing up in the small Swiss village of Einsiedln, Küttel became captivated by ski jumping which took from from rolling hills in the midwestern USA to towering scaffolds in Japan. Host Peter Graves talks with the personable Küttel about his career and the impact ski jumping had on his life.
Sarah Hendrickson: Passionate Sport Pioneer
Since she followed her brother off a ski jump at age six, world champion and Olympian Sarah Hendrickson's life has revolved around her passion for ski jumping. In this insightful interview with Ticket to Fly host Peter Graves, Hendrickson shares the highs and the lows of a career that put her at the pinnacle of the sport as she advocated for women's ski jumping, found success at the highest level and is now continuing to give back.
Johnny Spillane: Reflections of a Champion
Over the span of a decade, Johnny Spillane led the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team to its greatest heights with a World Championship title and three Olympic medals. Today, he reflects on his career from his boyhood home in Steamboat Springs with Ticket to Fly host Peter Graves.
Tara Geraghty-Moats: Blazing a Pathway for Women
Skier Tara Geraghty-Moats is a modern-day pioneer! In the sport of nordic combined, which matches cross country skiing with ski jumping, she's the number one ranked woman in the world, blazing a pathway for her sport and female athletes. She talks to Ticket to Fly about her sport's upcoming World Championship debut and the push for Olympic inclusion in 2026.