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American Casey Larson makes history with ski jump at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Making his Olympic debut at the age of 19, American Ski Jumper Casey Larson never figured he would be making any historic records at the Pyeongchang Games.

But Larson has become the 100,000th man to compete at the Olympics, according to historian Bill Mallon.

Mallon, a former professional golfer and a leading authority on the history of the games, calculated that Larson reached the historic milestone by competing in Thursday's qualifying at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Larson, one of three ski jumpers from a small town in Illinois to make the team, was one of four athletes from the United States to qualify for Saturday's normal hill final.

Mallon conducted extensive research into who would become the 100,000th male athlete to compete, across summer and winter editions since the modern games began in Athens in 1896.

After six new Olympians competed in mixed doubles curling on Thursday morning, it meant Larson, who was starter No.

16 but the 11th new Olympian to feature in qualifying, would secure the 100,000th-man milestone, according to Mallon's research.


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