The Olympic jumps in Lake Placid will play host to the nation's best ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes this weekend. (Evan Spinosa/Whiteface Lake Placid)
LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 10) – U.S. titles will be on the line this Sunday (Oct. 13) as the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships come to the Olympic village of Lake Placid as part of the annual fall Flaming Leaves Festival. Olympians Anders Johnson (Park City, UT), the defending champion, and local hero Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY), will be among favorites in the normal hill event on the K90 Olympic jump. For the women, defending champion Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) will be going for her 11th national title. Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), last year’s nordic combined champ, will be gunning for an unprecedented 21st national crown.
The Olympic village of Lake Placid will play host to the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships Sunday (Oct. 13) as part of the annual Flaming Leaves Festival.
Local favorite Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and defending champion Anders Johnson (Park City, UT), will be among the favorites, as will be Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) who won on the large hill in Park City in August.
Jumping will kick off with a trial round at 9:30 a.m. Sunday followed by two competition jumps at 11:00 a.m. The first of the jumps will count towards the nordic combined seeding and the ski jumping Championships, while the second jump is solely to crown the ski jumping champion. Nordic combined cross country (roller ski) is set for 3:00 p.m.
A special Sochi Send Off will coincide with the awards at 4:00 p.m. featuring ski jumping, nordic combined, luge, bobsled and skeleton athletes – all competing in Lake Placid over the weekend. An autograph session is scheduled for 1 p.m. featuring Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht and others.
Live music and fun including Blues, Brews and BBQ are on tap all day at the Flaming Leaves Festival both Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday evening at 9 p.m. a special screening of the women’s ski jumping movie Ready to Fly will take place at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
QUOTES Peter Frenette I'm really excited to have nationals back in Lake Placid. It's my home hill where I learned how to jump, so it's always great to come back home. Our whole team is jumping at a high level so it should be an exciting competition.
Todd Lodwick (20-time U.S. Champion) It's been productive summer with quality training. I don't want to not expect too much – theres a lot of good guys here on the team. It's awesome to be still at this at 37 and it's humbling to be a contender.