August 22, 2012 (Hinterzarten, Germany) – Pete Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) placed a strong 12th place in Sunday’s final stop of the FIS Summer Grand Prix in this Black Forest village, and is clearly gaining confidence with each passing competition, all against a world-class field.
Frenette–a 2010 U.S.A. Olympian in Vancouver, said that he has long had a good feeling about the jumps here, saying…”I have had some good jumps in the past at Hinterzarten, so I was confident going into the competition. I was able to make the second round and then had a great second jump and was able to move up quite a bit. I am very satisfied with this result.” Frenette’s jumps were at 95.0 and a stunning 104.0 meters, which moved him way up in the standings. With his superb second jump the NYSEF jumper beat such legends as Anders Bardal, Simon Ammann and Michael Hayboeck. Canadian Mac Boyd-Clowes placed 19th with jumps of 96.0 and 93.5 meters.
Second place went to the winner of the competition in Courchevel, France a week ago, 18-year-old Reruhi Shimizu of Japan, who jumped with distances of 101.5 and 105.5 meters on the famed Alderschanze, while third place went to Lukas Hlava (CR). Fourth went to Norwegian Tom Hilde and fifth to Yuta Watase (JPN).
Frenette–who along with Anders Johnson and coach Clint Jones, who will travel from Zurich home this Monday morning, told the USASJ News Bureau that he still had some technical things he needs to work on…”I have been struggling with my technique a little at the beginning of the trip in Courchevel and had to work quickly to try to get back into form and it’s coming.”
The next FIS Summer Grand Prix will be in Hakuba, Japan, the U.S.A. team will not be competing there.