Peter Frenette soars to his third straight U.S. title. (USSA/Tom Kelly)
PARK CITY, UT (July 30) – Olympic ski jumper Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) took his third straight U.S. title Saturday at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City. Jessica Jerome took the women's crown for her eighth career U.S. title.
Frenette, who swept the large and normal hill at U.S. Championships last year, beat the field by 11 points. Jerome beat out the women's field by jumping almost ten meters further than anyone else in both her round one and round two jumps. 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT), who swept both titles last season, was third.
HIGHLIGHTS - Frenette's third straight U.S. title - Frenette was youngest Olympian in Vancouver in 2010. - Jerome's eighth career U.S. title. - Jerome also took wins at both women's competitions in the Springer Tournee openers earlier in week. - Normal hill and nordic combined U.S. Championships will continue at Norge Ski Club at Fox River Grove, IL. on Oct. 1. - Frenette and Jerome had long jumps of the competition, at 126.5 and 127.5 meters respectively
ATHLETE COMMENTS Peter Frenette "Training has been going great, and it was awesome that I was able to carry it over to today. I'm really happy with my results and how everything played out."
Jessica Jerome "I've been skiing really well in training this season. I felt confident going into this U.S. Championships and it just seemed to fall into place. We're a really tight knit group so we continue to push each other to be the best. I just felt really good today."
U.S. Championships Park City, UT - July 30, 2011 Ski Jumping – Large Hill (Jump distances in meters) total points Men 1. Peter Frenette, Lake Placid, NY (124.5m, 126.5m) 250.3 2. Chris Lamb, Lake Placid, NY (122.5m, 123.5m ) 239.3 3. Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (120.5m, 122.5m) 234.9
Women 1, Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (127.5m, 126.5m) 242.2 2. Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT (118.5m117.5m) 217.8 3. Lindsey Van, Park City, UT (116.5m, 116.5m) 214.9