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Jerome Repeats as U.S. Ski Jumping Champ; Frenette & Johnson Tie

At the 2013 U.S. Ski Jumping Championships last weekend in Park City, Utah, national-team member Jessica Jerome defended her large-hill title for her ninth career win at nationals. She was second overall on Saturday after Canadian Alexandra Pretorius, who nailed two jumps of 125.5 meters each for the outright victory.

Jerome was the top American with a first jump of 119.5 meters and second jump of 117.5 meters. She was followed by Canada’s Atsuko Tanaka in third.

In a USSA press release, Jerome acknowledged that her jumping this summer hasn’t been as technically good compared to years past.

“I knew that I had to work a little harder and I’m definitely satisfied,” she said. “The Canadian girls are giving me a run for my money, but it’s really good to see because it means the sport is growing as a whole. It’s nice to have competition out there. Conditions were great today and pretty consistent.”

The defending U.S. men’s large-hill champion, Peter Frenette reached another milestone — the first tie for the win in the history of ski-jumping nationals — with his USA Ski Jumping teammate Anders Johnson.

“I’ve never heard of a tie at U.S. Championships, but it’s pretty sweet that Peter and I can both take home the victory today, so I’m pleased,” Johnson, of Park City, told USSA. “Having this on my home hill has allowed me to probably have the most amount of jumps on this hill than anyone has had in the competition today. I consider both here and Lake Placid my home hills and I feel like I can do well at each place and it’s definitely an advantage that I can go home after this and go eat a nice home meal.”

With 229 points apiece, Frenette and Johnson placed third after Canada’s Maken Boyd-Clowes (127.5m, 129.5m) — the overall winner — and Mathew Rowley (123m, 129.5m) in second.



U.S. Championships

Park City, UT – Aug 4, 2012

Ski Jumping – Large Hill (HS134)

(Jump distances in meters) total points


1. Maken Boyd-Clowes, Canada (127.5m, 129.5m) 252.6

2. Mathew Rowley, Canada (123m, 129.5m) 242

T3. Anders Johnson, Park City, UT (119m, 123.5m) 229

T3. Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY (212m, 121.5m) 229


1. Alexandra Pretorius, Canada (125.5m, 125.5m) 218.8

2. Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (119.5m, 117.5m) 217.1

3. Atsuko Tanaka, Canada (120m, 120.5m) 214.4

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