Ski jumpers return to World Cup action in Europe

After recording back to back wins at the ski jumps in Lake Placid during the last weekend of 2012, Nina Lussi headed to Europe to hit the World Cup circuit.

Competing in Schonach-Schonwald, Germany, the Lake Placid native qualified for the World Cup event on Friday with a jump of 74 meters.

The next day, Lussi jumped 78 meters for 72.6 points to take 44th place. On Sunday, the final day of competition, Lussi came in 45th with a jump of 81.5 meters for 78.8 points.

On Sunday, Lussi’s point total put her one place behind teammate Jessica Jerome, who took 44th with a jump of 84 meters for 82.7 points. Fellow teammate Sarah Hendrickson had a strong showing that day with a fifth-place finish, with jumps of 96 and 94 meters for 220.5 points.

To date, Lussi has now jumped in six World Cup competitions in three cities. Her results have consistently been in the mid- to high-40s range as she grows accustomed to jumping at the World Cup level.

She’s hoping to move up in 2013 and will be heading to Hinterzarten, Germany this weekend for more World Cup action.

Frenette breaks through

Saranac Lake’s Peter Frenette finally got back in the action on Sunday, when he qualified to jump in the World Cup competition in Bischofshofen, Germany, which is the final day of the Four Hills Tournament.

Frenette took 41st with a jump of 123 meters and 111.8 points in Bischofshofen. This was his best result of the winter season.

The result came after Frenette failed to qualify for the previous three Four Hills competitions. In the other qualifying rounds, Frenette placed 53rd in Innsbruck, Austria, 57th in Garmisch-Partenkrchen, Germany and 54th in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Frenette’s teammate Anders Johnson also had some success during the Four Hills Tournament. He made the cut at Innsbruck on Friday and finished 46th with a jump of 110 meters for 90.5 points.

Burke interviewed in Ski Trax

The Ski Trax website recently caught up with Paul Smiths native Tim Burke, who is having an outstanding winter season.

Burke took third place in a 15-kilometer mass start in Pokjuka, Slovenia in mid-December and is currently 11th in the overall World Cup standings, according to the International Biathlon Union’s website. The podium finish was Burke’s first since the 2009-2010 season when he had three and took the overall World Cup standings lead for a short period.

“I was very pleased with my results from the first World Cup period, especially considering that I did not feel 100 percent for most of the period,” Burke told Ski Trax. “I expected to feel better on the skis during the first period, but after struggling a bit with my health at the start of the season, I was forced to more or less race into shape. The biggest difference with my results during the first World Cups was that I was much more consistent on the shooting range. This was something that I have worked very hard on and I hope to continue this for the remainder of the season.”

The full interview can be found at