NYSEF Nordic

Day 2 of the Ski Jumping Junior Olympics brings two NYSEF skiers to the Top Eight! Peter Frenette and Nina Lussi take 2nd and 8th in Target Jump
February 29, 2008, 9:02 pm
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Nina Lussi, Matt Cook, and Danielle Lussi take a break from waxing XC skis yesterday.

The Lussi Ladies went 1-2 in the Nordic Combined Event. Danielle Lussi passed Nita Englund from the Central Division with only 300 meters to the finish line.

Today Peter Frenette took 2nd place in the Target jump Event. Nina Lussi (competing in the Men’s Class) took 8th place.

The Junior Olympics wrap up tomorrow with the Team Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Events.


Bliss Brothers Lead Americans
February 29, 2008, 8:30 pm
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Andrew Bliss scored his first ever FIS Cup points on Thursday on the brand new 2010 Olympic Jumps at the Whistler Olympic Park.  Weather forced the 2-days of competition to be squeezed into one single day, making for a very long day.  Andrew stayed focused allowing 3 of his 4 competitive jumps to be as good, or better, than his training jumps.  Against many top European jumpers from Austria, Sweden and Switzerland Andrew finished as the top American, on the K-95 meter jump, in 13th place in the morning event and 18th place in the 2nd event held in the afternoon. 

His excellent results have qualified him for this weekends Continental Cup events, another step-up from the FIS Cup event and the 2nd highest level in the world.  Only 4 Americans qualified for this event to be held on the larger K-125 and Andrew was 2nd only to his older brother Even, another former NYSEF athlete.

1st Day of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Olympics successful for NYSEF/ Eastern athletes!
February 29, 2008, 6:55 pm
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Peter Frenette (above) of Saranac Lake, NY flies high over Suicide Hill in Ishpeming, Michigan on the first day of Junior Olympics Competition. Peter jumped 60 and 64 meters for a 5th place finish in a field of over 30 athletes in the Special Ski Jumping Comp. Zach Daniels (Andover, NH) currently an athlete at Northwood School in Lake Placid had a great showing and was just over 5 points behind Peter in 6th place.

In the Women’s Competition Nina Lussi took gold with older sister Danielle edging the field with a great second jump for Bronze.  

Brattleboro’s Spencer Knickerbocker had a solid race in the NC event, finishing 9th. He had the 5th fastest time.

Lowell Bailey is loving life in Korea! 11th place in Pyeong Chang World Cup today
February 29, 2008, 9:49 am
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Lake Placid US Biathlete SuperStar Lowell Bailey skied to an 11th place this morning in Pyeong Chang, Korea. Lowell started the 12.5K Pursuit in 29th, with only 0ne miss in the first standing Lowell had quite an impressive day on the range. He was 1:07 back from winner Micheal Greis of Germany. Norway went 2-3, Halvard Hanevold and Alexander Os taking silver and bronze. Timmy Burke skied to 38th place.     B8!!

Costume Race on Sunday at MVH!
February 28, 2008, 8:16 pm
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Costume Race Sunday 3/2 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg — be creative!!
Freestyle Technique!

2 PM start (start in the xc stadium, sign up in the lodge)
$5 entry fee if you wear a costume or $10 entry fee if you are not in costume

Hope everyone can make it out there!

XC Empire State Games Recap and BKL results
February 28, 2008, 9:38 am
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A 3-way NYSEF tie for 1st in the boys Scholastic Freestyle race between Charlie Bencze (Tupper Lake), Willie Bencze (Tupper Lake) and Dan Stevens (Scotia) kicked off the ESG race weekend. On day two, Willie took home gold in the pursuit and classic leg. Charlie was second in the pursuit, 4th in classic.

Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid) led the NYSEF girls with a silver in the Freestyle race, gold in the pursuit and gold in the classic leg.

Link to full ESG results http://www.empirestategames.org/winter/results.htm 

NYSEF and Lake Placid area athletes at ESGs

Great turnout for the BKL Kids Race, results here:
ESG BKL Kids race results

start of the BKL Kids race

Wow! Billy Demong moves up 18 places in Zakopane, Poland’s World Cup Sprint!
February 26, 2008, 1:17 am
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NYSEF alum Billy Demong jumped to 21st place in yesterday’s Sprint event in Zakopane, Poland and finished the day in 3rd place. Billy had the fastest XC time over the entire WC field. Austria’s Bernhard Gruber took the win with Tommy Schmid of Switzerland in 2nd.