HINTERZARTEN, Germany - Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette's huge second leap shot him up to a 12th-place finish in Sunday's FIS Grand Prix, a World Cup event.
An added perk for the 20-year-old was finishing three places ahead of Simon Amman, the Swiss jumper who dominated the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada. Frenette jumped in those Olympics as a 17-year-old high school senior and did the best of the Americans.
On Sunday, he was the only American of the 49 competitors.
Peter Frenette at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia
(Enterprise file photo)
His first jump was 95 meters, but his second, 104 meters, was the fourth-longest of the day. He also got solid marks from the judges, although he lost points for wind compensation. The wind speed during his jump was the strongest of any jump in the competition.
In the women's World Cup ski jumping Friday, also in Hinterzarten, Jessica Jerome of the U.S. finished eighth with a pair of 94-meter leaps.
Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes of the U.S. did not make the final round of 30; they finished 32nd and 36th after their first jumps.