LAKE PLACID - Saranac Laker Peter Frenette took first place in the 90-meter ski jumping competition during the Flaming Leaves Festival at the Olympic Jumping Complex on a rainy and sometimes windy afternoon Saturday, Oct. 6.
The 2010 Vancouver Olympian had a jump of 97 meters for 127.5 points, followed by a 96-meter jump for 126 points. That gave him a combined total of 253.5 points and put him in the lead for the Art Devlin Cup. The event was the second of three competitions in the Devlin Cup series, which concludes Friday, Dec. 28, at the New Year's Masters Ski Jumping competition.
Frenette said afterward that it wasn't his best day of jumping, but it was good enough.
Miles Lussi of Lake Placid flies through the air during the Flaming Leaves Festival ski jumping competition at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid on Saturday, Oct. 6.
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"It was a changing wind, so you never knew what you were going to get," Frenette said. "But it was all right."
The 20-year-old Frenette was also battling some jet lag. He arrived home early Friday morning after a flight from Europe, where he has been jumping in the World Cup series in Kazakhstan, Austria and Germany.
U.S. Ski Team coach Casey Colby said Frenette showed that he's competing at a high level because he overcame an early mistake in his first jump.
"Nobody would have thought Peter's jump was going to go 97 meters in that first round," Colby said.
Then in the second round, Frenette had to get off the bar a couple of times because the wind picked up. He said that didn't affect his performance.
"I've had that happen to me plenty of times before in lots of competitions," Frenette said. "You just have to keep focused on your jump so don't try to think about the wind, just think about your ski jump."
Two-time Olympian Anders Johnson of Plattsburgh claimed silver, with 243 points, recording jumps of 100.5 and 90.5 meters. Mike Glasder of Lake Forrest, Ill. placed third with 230 points, posting jumps of 90 and 93.
"The wind was swirling around quite a bit," Glasder said. "We were having some difficulties trying to make the competition fair, so that's why we had some holds."
Lake Placid's Miles Lussi claimed first place in Saturday's junior class with distances of 92 and 88, finishing with 222.5 points.
"I was pretty happy with my first couple of jumps," said Lussi, a 15-year-old sophomore at Lake Placid High School, "but my second round that counted was not quite as good. It started to rain and the conditions weren't as good as they were on the first couple jumps, so I did what I could and came out with a win, which is pretty good."
Trevor Edlund of St. Paul, Minn. captured Saturday's silver medal with jumps measuring 86 and 81.5, while earning 191 points from the five judges. Luke Daniels of Loudon, N.H. emerged as the junior event's bronze medalist. Daniels followed up his first jump of 81.5 meters with a jump of 84 and finished his two rounds with 187 points.
Several of these athletes also competed in the annual NYSEF 90-meter ski jump on Sunday, Oct. 7. Frenette was once again victorious posting a 96.5 meter jump with 127 points, followed by a 95.5 jump and 125.5 points, for a total of 252.5 points. Earning his second silver for the weekend, Johnson finished with jumps of 97.5 and 89 meters for a combined total of 237.5 points, while Andrew Bliss of Lake Placid came in third with a total of 228 points, with jumps of 95.5 and 87 meters.
Sunday's junior class found some familiar names once again claiming the podium. Lussi came in first place with 76- and 93-meter jumps, for a combined score of 197 points, Trevor Edlund took second with a total of 194 points with jumps of 80 and 89 meters, and Luke Daniels placed third with jumps of 75 and 80 meters and a total of 175 points.