Jessica Jerome tallied 217.1 points to defend her large hill U.S. Championship title at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT. (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 4) – Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) secured her ninth U.S. Championship crown as she led the U.S. women to defend her large hill title. Jerome landed 119.5 meters in her first jump, followed by 117.5 meters in the second round to take the title. Defending large hill champ Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) tied the competition with teammate Anders Johnson (Park City, UT) for a title-share, the first tie in nordic U.S. Championship history.
Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) secured the 2013 large hill ski jumping U.S. Championship title, the ninth crown of her career.
Defending large hill champ Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and Anders Johnson (Park City, UT) tied for the men's 2013 U.S. Championship title.
The win marks both Frenette's and Johnson's fourth career title each.
U.S. Ski Jumping Championships took place in the summer for the fifth straight year.
Canada's Alexandra Pretorius and Maken Boyd-Clowes both won the competitions.
U.S. Champions are determined based on the top American finish.
2012 World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) and 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) both sat out the event recovering from planned off-season surgeries.
The action continues tomorrow with the 2013 men's and women's normal hill U.S. Championship.
QUOTES Jessica Jerome It feels good to defend my title. My jumping this summer technically isn't as good as it was last summer at this point technically. So I knew that I had to work a little harder and I'm definitely satisfied. 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.
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.
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.
Peter Frenette It's pretty cool to share the title with Anders. We were wondering who was going to take it, but glad it's a tie and nobody has to argue about it. It seemed like everyone had a pretty fair conditions today.
OFFICIAL RESULTS U.S. Championships Park City, UT - Aug 4, 2012 Ski Jumping – Large Hill (HS134) (Jump distances in meters) total points Men 1. Mackenzie 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
Women 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