SAPPORO, Japan - Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake put down the best U.S. ski jumping performance in over seven years Sunday on his way to an 18th-place finish in only his second World Cup event.
With each passing ski jumping event, Frenette has shown continued improvement. He was 23rd following the first round Sunday and moved up to finish 18th.
It was the best U.S. finish since Clint Jones - now his coach - was 13th at Kuusamo, Finland in November of 2003.
Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake poses in front of the ski jumps during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
(Enterprise file photo — Peter Crowley)
Frenette soared to a 113.5 on his first ride, bumping it up a notch on his second flight which was good for 120.0 meters.
The winner of the second competition in Sapporo in as many days, was Austrian Andreas Kofler, who narrowly missed the podium Saturday. Kofler was the picture of consistency with a pair of long rides of 131.0 and 132.5 meters.
German Severin Freund took second place, while overall World Cup leader Thomas Morgenstern of Austria placed third.
Jones said this was a big step forward for Frenette.
"This was a great day for Peter and our team," Jones said. "With two good jumps and a little bit of luck, Peter scored his first World Cup points. This is such a positive step forward and should hopefully take some pressure off of Peter in upcoming competitions."
Frenette had been second on the same hill in Sapporo earlier in the week in a Continental Cup event. He set himself up well for the weekend, finishing 28th in qualifying to give himself a starting spot for the pair of World Cups.
In Saturday's opener, he was 33rd after the first jump - just missing the top 30 cut.
Next up for Frenette, a 2010 Olympian, will be the FIS World Junior Nordic Championships in Estonia.