Frenette, who swept the large and normal hill at U.S. Championships last year, outscored runner-up Chris Lamb of Lake Placid by 11 points. Bryan Fletcher placed third in the men’s competition that also included Olympic nordic combined gold medalist Billy Demong of Vermontville.
“Training has been going great, and it was awesome that I was able to carry it over to today,” Frenette said Saturday. “I’m really happy with my results and how everything played out.”
Frenette jumped 124.5 meters on his first attempt and a whopping 126.5 on the second to clinch the championship. Frenette is coming off a broken collarbone he suffered in mid-June.
Demong combined jumps of 117.5 and 116 to take ninth place in the competition.
In the women’s competition, Jessica Jerome won her eighth career U.S. title with jumps of 127.5 meters and 126.5 meters. Sarah Hendrickson took second and last year’s winner Lindsey Van was third. Nina Lussi of Lake Placid placed fifth with jumps of 111.5 and 112.5.
“I felt confident going into this U.S. Championships and it just seemed to fall into place,” Jerome said. “We’re a really tight-knit group, so we continue to push each other to be the best.”
Normal hill and nordic combined U.S. Championships will continue at Norge Ski Club at Fox River Grove, Ill. on Oct. 1.
Information provided by USSA and wire reports.
Photo by Tom Kelly/USSA
Nina Lussi of Lake Placid soars to a fifth-place finish at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on the 120-meter hill at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah on Saturday, July 30.