Saranac Lake native Peter Frenette had his best results of the winter World Cup season this past weekend after placing 25th on Saturday and 20th Sunday on Okuryama Hills in Sapporo, Japan.
"I'm a huge fan of the hill in Sapporo," Frenette told the Enterprise in an email. "I have always had a good feeling while jumping it, I am very confident every year when we travel to Sapporo because I know the hill suits me well."
On Saturday, Frenette had a pair of 118.5-meter jumps. Sunday, he jumped 129.5 and 114.0 meters. The finish earned Frenette his first World Cup points of the winter season.
"Pete has shown some solid and consistent jumps so far this weekend," U.S. coach Clint Jones said in a press release following Saturday's competition. "His first jump wasn't his best, but it was enough to make it into the second round. His second jump was a little better and it moved him up to a solid 25th place, his best result of the winter. Spirits are high with this result, the potential is there."
Frenette said the season has started a little slower than he was hoping, but that his jumping is really coming together and he's excited about the near future.
"This past weekend I was able to have some good jumps in competition, really for the first time all year," he said. "I have been working a lot on my takeoff, and it is really starting to work for me.
Jan Matura of Czech Republic, 32, took first on Saturday with jumps of 132 and 135 meters. It was his first World Cup win. Norwegian Tom Hilde was second with leaps of 136 and 139 meters, while third place went to Robert Kranjec of Slovenia, who jumped to 137 and 130.5 meters. The top athlete from Japan was Daiki Ito, who was sixth.
American Anders Johnson of Park City, Utah finished 41st with a jump of 109.5 meters.
On Sunday, Matura won again with jumps of 132.5 and 133 meters, while Kranjec took second with two jumps of 131 meters. Andreas Wank of Germany was third with jumps of 135.0 and 136.0 meters.
Johnson did not qualify for the final round after a jump of 105 meters.
Frenette and the World Cup tour now travel to Vikersund, Norway this weekend for a couple days of ski flying, the term for ski jumping when the hill is more than 160 meters. Vikersund is the biggest hill in the world at 195 meters.