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U.S. jumpers fall short of finals

While the United States is catching up with the rest of the world in Nordic events such as biathlon, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, ski jumping still remains a work in progress.

None of the three Americans made the 30-man finals of the event Saturday at the Olympic Park in Whistler.

Peter Frenette, who is just shy of his 18th birthday, and Nick Alexander tied for 41st. Veteran Anders Johnson was 49th.

"I'm one of the youngest to do it, so that's good, looking forward to my career," said Frenette, who has never competed in a World Cup and was making his elite-level international debut. "It's just a starting point. Hopefully, (I'll) keep building from the Olympics and get better and hopefully be one of the best one day."

Simon Ammann of Switzerland won the gold, the first medal awarded at these Games.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 13, 2010; 7:22 PM ET
Categories:  Ski Jumping  
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