PARK CITY, UT – The 2011 backcountry.com U.S. Ski Jumping Championships wrapped up Sunday morning with the large hill competition. Both Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) won their second U.S. Championships title of the weekend. This marks Van’s 15th U.S. Championship title and Frenette’s second.
The men’s competition was eventful, with Frenette crashing on the landing of his first jump of 139 meters. Frenette combined a second jump of 133 meters to top nordic combined athlete Brett Camerota (Park City, UT). Anders Johnson (Park City, UT) rounded out the podium, grabbing his second third place finish of the weekend.
“My first jump was a really good, but it was from too high of gate. I went really far and landed too flat, so I wasn’t able to stand,” said Frenette. “It’s just nice to have good results early in the season and to go to Europe with momentum.”
Van stomped the furthest jump for the women, with her second jump of 124.5 meters. Van’s second jump pushed her onto the top step of the podium ahead of Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT), the leader after the first jump. Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT), who turned 16 today, finished the day in third.
“Everyone has been so competitive and that’s good for our team and our sport,” said Van. “We’re pushing each other every jump and everyone is improving. It keeps it interesting for everyone.”
The large hill competition results will be used to seed the cross country portion of the 2011 backcountry.com U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. After the jumps, brothers Brett Camerota and Eric Camerota (Park City, UT) take the top two starts heading into the cross country race. Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) is in fifth place, followed by Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) in sixth and Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) in eighth. Also competing from the U.S. Ski Team are Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO), Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) and Brett Denney (Steamboat Springs, CO). The second half of the event will be held at Soldier Hollow, beginning at 6 p.m.
2011 backcountry.com U.S. Ski Jumping Championships
Park City, UT
1. Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY, 260.60
2. Brett Camerota, Park City, UT, 256.90
3. Anders Johnson, Park City, UT, 239.80
4. Eric Camerota, Park City, UT, 230.20
5. Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 224.90
6. Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO, 203.40
8. Billy Demong, Vermontville, NY, 197.40
9. Mike Glasder, Cary, IL, 190.20
11. Nicholas Fairall, Andover, NH, 177.90
16. Nick Hendrickon, Park City, UT, 147.30
18. Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO, 146.60
31. Brett Denney, Steamboat Springs, CO, 55.80
1. Lindsey Van, Park City, UT, 226.00
2. Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT, 220.10
3. Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT, 206.20
4. Alissa Johnson, Park City, UT, 197.70
5. Abby Hughes, Park City, UT, 195.90