USSA names World Junior Nordic Team
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 17) – Continental Cup podium performers Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) lead a squad of 12 nordic combined and ski jumping athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to the World Junior Nordic Championship Team Monday. The squad, which includes athletes from USSA clubs across the nation, will compete in Otepaa, Estonia Jan. 27-30.
Frenette will lead the men's ski jumping team after a strong start to his season. The Olympian showed his strength with a second in Sapporo, Japan at the Continental Cup, automatically qualifying him for the team. He followed that with the best U.S. World Cup finish in seven years Sunday, finishing 18th.
On the women's side Hendrickson will lead a talented group of women's ski jumpers. Hendrickson has reached the podium four times this season including a win at a Continental Cup this summer in Bischofsgrun, Germany. She's four-for-four in top 10's on the winter tour, including a near miss for a win in Vikersund, finishing second in December.
U.S. Ski Team member Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) will lead the nordic combined squad, competing in his fifth and final World Junior Championships. Hendrickson, who was top 15 a year ago at World Juniors, has been in the points three times on the Continental Cup this season including a pair of strong top 20s at Steamboat Springs in December.
Final spots for the team were selected after some challenging weather conditions and tight competition at the Junior World Team tryouts in Ishpeming, MI. Despite weather conditions, the hill made for some exciting jumps.
"It was a great battle for the final spot on the nordic combined team between Tyler Smith (Park City, UT) and Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) with Smith edging out Loomis to earn his first trip to the World Junior Championships," said World Junior Team Coach Martin Bayer.
This is the first time the women will be able to compete for a Team Championship medal in a women's World Championship event." said U.S. Nordic Program director John Farra. "These three teams are filled with talent, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do at the Championships."
The World Junior Nordic Championships begin Jan. 27 in Otepaa, Estonia with nordic combined and women's ski jumping events. The cross country team were named Jan. 7.
2011 World Junior Nordic Championship Teams
Nick Hendrickson, Park City, UT (U.S. Ski Team/Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Michael Ward, Aspen, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Cliff Field, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Erik Lynch, Steamboat Springs, CO (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Tyler Smith, Park City, UT (Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Men's Ski Jumping
Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY (USA Ski Jumping/New York Ski Education Foundation)
Brian Wallace, Woodbury, MN (St. Paul Ski Club)
Christian Friberg, Roseville, MN (St. Paul Ski Club)
Women's Ski Jumping
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT (Women's Ski Jumping USA/Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Avery Ardovino, Park City, UT (Women's Ski Jumping USA/Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Nita Englund, Iron Mountain, MI (Women's Ski Jumping USA/Kiwanis Ski Club)
Nina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY (Women's Ski Jumping USA/New York Ski Education Foundation)
2011 World Junior Nordic Championships Schedule
Thurs., Jan. 27 - Nordic combined HS100/10k and Women's Ski Jumping HS100
Fri., Jan. 28 - Men's Ski Jumping HS100
Sat., Jan. 29 - Nordic combined HS100/5k and Men's and Women's Ski Jumping Team HS100
Sun., Jan. 30 - Nordic combined HS100/4x5k