Frenette takes on Norway’s bigger jumps
Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette continues to have a strong 2013, finishing 31st in consecutive World Cup competitions Saturday and Sunday in Vikersund, Norway.
The results came after Frenette took 20th and 25 in Sapporo, Japan the week before.
While the competitions in Japan were straightforward ski jumping events, the ones in Norway were considered ski flying competitions, taking place on much bigger hills.
In this case, they were on a 225-meter hill with a K-point of 195 meters. The K-point is in the middle of the landing area and is used to calculate points. By comparison, the hill normally used at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid is K-90.
Overall World Cup leader, Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria, took first place on the opening day with jumps of 216.5 and 240 meters for a point total of 418.7.
Frenette jumped 160 meters for 128.7 points. Only the top 30 jumpers advanced to the second round.
On Sunday, Robert Kranjec of Slovenia took the top spot with jumps of 231.5 and 230 meters for 416.5 points. Frenette jumped 168 meters for 127.1 points.
Lussi jumps at junior worlds
Last Thursday, Lake Placid native Nina Lussi placed 30th in the junior world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. Lussi had jumps of 72 and 75.5 meters for 149 points.
Japanese jumper Sara Takanashi was first with jumps of 98.5 and 102 meters for 268 points.
Sarah Hendrickson was the top U.S. jumper, finishing sixth with jumps of 89 and 97 meters for 241 points.
On Saturday, Lussi joined fellow Americans Manon Maurer, Emilee Anderson and Hendrickson to finish eighth of eight squads in the team competition. The Americans’ 617 points was well behind the Slovenians, who finished first with 1,009 points.
Locals named to U.S. teams
For many athletes on the World Cup circuit, February is a big month because it’s when the world champsionships take place. Recently, many of those teams have named who will compete in those world championships with several locals on that list.
Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer, a 2010 Olympian who is ranked 17th overall in the World Cup luge standings, will be on the U.S. team as one of two single lugers.
Erin Hamlin, an Olympian from Remsen, will be on the women’s single team. She won the world title in 2009 when the event was in Lake Placid.
The luge world champsionships take place Friday and Saturday on the 2010 Olympic sliding track in Whistler, British Columbia.
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, Tim Burke of Paul Smiths and Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake have been selected to compete in the biathlon world championships, which start on Feb. 7 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid and Tommy Biesenmeyer of Keene have been named to the U.S. Alpine Team that will compete in Schladming, Austria, starting Feb. 4. NBC and Universal Sports Network will be covering the alpine event.