Author of Story: Peter Graves-USSA.ORG
American teen Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) qualified into the Championship round of big hill ski jumping under the lights Thursday at the FIS World Nordic Skiing Championships in Oslo. The 19-year old Olympian, skiing in his first World Championships, finished 35th.
“There was so much fog that it made it a little difficult,” said Frenette, who was 18th in a World Cup in Sapporo, Japan in January to qualify for the World Championships as the lone American jumper. “For my jump, I could only see right in front of me but that is about all you need to ski. It was fun and there were a lot of people here. You couldn’t see the crowd until you get down to the bottom, you could only here them cheering.”
The towering 134-meter Holmenkollbakken jump is one of the most imposing structures in the world, with huge wind screens flanking the takeoff. It was rebuilt specifically for the 2011 World Championships.
The event proved to be another showcase for the strong Austrian program as Gregor Schlierenzauer took the gold with jumps of 130.0 and 134.5 meters. His teammate Thomas Morgenstern took silver and four times Olympic gold medalist Simon Ammann took the bronze medal for Switzerland.
The original qualifying round on Wednesday was cancelled due to heavy fog and rescheduled just prior to Thurdsay’s planned big hill jump. In front of a capacity crowd of roaring fans, Frenette laid down a strong leap of 114.0 meters to qualify for the first round of the Championships.
The famous fog, which has plagued the championships, became a thing of utter beauty in the first round as the sun danced in and out thru the moist, gray air.
Frenette went 117.5 meters on his first round jump, which put him in 35th overall. He did not qualify for a second jump.
Gold: Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria, (130.0. 134.5), 277.5
Silver: Thomas Morgenstern, Austria, (133.0, 131.0), 277.2
Bronze: Simon Ammann, Switzerland, (129.5, 134.5), 274.3
35. Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY, (117.5), 104.7
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=JP&raceid=3053