100,000th mark: Barrington ski jumper adds Olympic milestone to his records
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- Team USA says 19-year-old American ski jumper Casey Larson has become the 100,000th man to compete at the Olympics.
Historian Bill Mallon calculated that Larson, a Barrington native and member of the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, reached the milestone by being the 16th starter in Thursday's qualifying at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Larson called the milestone "pretty cool." He says he can add it to his Olympic checklist.
Larson was one of four athletes from the United States to qualify for Saturday's normal hill final. Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder and Will Rhoads also qualified.
Mallon conducted extensive research into who would become the 100,000th male athlete to compete since the modern games began in Athens in 1896.