- Peter Frenette
- Ski jumping
- Saranac Lake, NY
My name is Peter Frenette . . . and I spend my days speeding down a ramp that can be 95 meters (312 feet) long that has a 38 degree angle at 95 kilometers per hour (60 mph) from a height of 120 meters (394 feet). When I take off from the end of the inrun/table I fly through the air 6 meters (20 feet) off the ground flying the farthest distance that I possibly can before landing.
And that is the key-For as far as I possibly can!
Who says Ski Jumping isn't an extreme sport?
When I'm not jumping - I'm lifting weights, running, strength training, balance training - every day - all day.
And in between it all I am traveling every week from one international FIS Ski Jumping competition to another - and back and forth home to Saranac Lake, NY and my training base in Park City, UT.
AND - I love every minute of it!
Training for and competing in ski jumping is my absolute passion and requires full time dedication.
As I continue my journey I am thankful for the support of my family and my local community sponsors.
But this year requires more - more from me - and - more financial support to realize my Sochi dream.
Look Mom, I Can Fly
I was lucky enough to have grown up in Saranac Lake, NY which is located a short 15 minute drive away from the two time Olympic village of Lake Placid. From the time I was a little kid I was involved in many winter sports including alpine and nordic skiing, but when I went to a "Learn to Fly" program at the local jumps at the age of six, I was hooked. I worked my way through the beginner's program at the jumps, and when I was 11 I took my first jump on the 90m hill. Throughout middle and high school I jumped in the local and regional circuits. I competed in the Junior Olympics for five consecutive years, consistently placing in the top five. When I was 15 I won the Chicago Supertour Competition and it was then that I realized that I could compete with the older more experienced jumpers and take my craft to the next level.
Coming of Age
During my senior year of high school (2009-2010) I spent most of the year on the road, traveling to competitions around the world. I took second and fourth place finishes in the Federation of International Ski Cup (FIS) in Lauscha, Germany and scored Continental Cup points in Korea, Norway and Japan.
In January 2010, while at the Junior World Championships in Hinterzarten Germany, where I brought home a 12th place finish, I found out that I had been named to the 2010 US Olympic Team.
Making the Olympic team is obviously the goal of any athlete, and I was ecstatic, although a bit surprised to be chosen, as I had been thinking 2014 would be my year. Needless to say I packed up my things and headed to Vancouver.
At the games I managed to hold my own in the intense international field of competition and came out with a finish of 32nd in the big hill competition.
After competing in the Olympics, as the youngest male member of the US Team, I finished out the FIS Continental Cup season in Europe. When I returned home after the 2010 season I knew that I wanted to continue to pursue my jumping career and made the tough decision to defer acceptance to the University of Denver.
Since then I have completely dedicated myself to training and competition with Sochi 2014 and the hopes of a new personal best as my motivation.
How You Can Help Me Acheive My Olympic Dream
I'm trying to raise $10,000 to help pay for my athletic expenses running up to Sochi 2014 and the FIS World Cup Circuit. New equipment is crucial in ski jumping. Your donations will help me pay for suits, boots, bindings, and skis and help me offset travel expenses and accomodations. For a long time I've relied on my family and friends and local community sponsors. I am a member of the Men's USA Ski Jumping Team, and in 2013 was the first time in my international career that I received financial assistance for my travel and accommodations from USASJ. While this was a huge help to me and my family, sponsorship help and your donations are still needed to offset training and equipment costs.
Where I've Been and How I Placed
Since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics I've been one of the top ranked member of the US Men’s Ski Jumping Team.
Just take a look at where I've been and how I've done!
27th place Harrachov, Czech Republic Ski Flying World Cup 2013
31st place Vikersund, Norway World Cup 2013
20th place Sapporo, Japan World Cup 2013
14th place Almaty, Kazakhstan Summer Grand Prix 2012
12th place Hinterzarten, Germany Summer Grand Prix 2012
1st place Park City, USA US Nationals 2012
14th place Kuopio, Finland Continental Cup 2011
10th place Iron Mountain, USA Continental Cup 2011
18th place Sapporo, Japan World Cup 2011
1st place Park City, USA US Nationals 2011
1st place and set Hill Record at Lake Placid Ski Jumping Complex USA 2010
1st place Park City, USA US Nationals 2010
32nd place Normal Hill Competition 2010 Olympics Vancouver Canada
The Realities of Funding
for the Men Ski Jumpers in the United States
After the 2006 Winter Olympics the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding, pulled its sponsorship and funding for Men’s Ski Jumping. As a result Ski Jumping as an international sport floundered in the US. There continued to be interest on the local and regional club level where Peter got his start (as a part of the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) and the Lake Placid Ski Club) but there was no formal national program and more importantly, no formalized mechanism for funding Ski Jumping. Jumpers relied on their families, personal fundraising, and what few individual sponsorships they could find to pay for their equipment needs, travel, coaching and training. In the years leading up to the 2010 Olympics, through the efforts of some very dedicated people, there was a resurgent national effort in the form of Project X – a developmental ski jumping program, and USA Ski Jumping (USASJ), for the US to compete once more on the international scene. Peter was at the right place in his career to be able to take advantage of both of these revitalizing programs. 2013 marked the first time in Peter’s international career that he received financial assistance for his travel and accommodations from the fledgling USASJ. While this was a huge help to Peter and his family, sponsorship help is still needed to offset training and equipment costs.
Other Ways You Can Help
My Rally Me will only be successful if you can help me to spread the word through your personal email, Facebook, Twitter, and even by telling your friends about it. Thanks for your help. Make sure to follow my travels leading up to Sochi on Facebook - Friends of Peter Frenette - USA Ski Jumper.