PARK CITY, UT (July 29) – Olympian Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) will look to defend their titles this weekend when the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. The large hill championship will take place on the 120-meter large hill jump beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30.
Frenette, who at 16 was the youngest American Olympian in Vancouver, swept both the large and normal hill competitions a year ago in Park City. He will be up against top members of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team including Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY). Park City's Anders Johnson, a two-time Olympian, is also expected to be a contender.
Van comes into this year's Championships with an amazing 15 titles, including a sweep last July in Park City. She'll face her teammates Jessica Jerome, Alissa Johnson and young Sarah Hendrickson (all Park City).
In tuneup events earlier this week, Frenette and Nick Alexander (Lebanon, NH) split wins. Jerome won both women's comps in the Springer Tournee openers with Johnson, Hendrickson and Van all taking podiums over the two days.
This year's U.S. Ski Jumping Championships are split between the Utah Olympic Park and the Norge Ski Club at Fox River Grove, IL in suburban Chicago. The normal hill championship, along with the nordic combined event, will be held there Oct. 1.
Jumping will begin with a trial round at 9:00 a.m. followed by two competition jumps.
The U.S. Championships event is a part of the Utah Olympic Park's Festival of Flight. The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships will be followed by a splash pool aerials event from noon to 3:00 p.m. and conclude with a 5:00 p.m. Flying Ace All Stars performance. All events are free.