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Frenette's broken ski
January 28, 2014 - Chris Knight
Many of us have had this experience. You get to your destination after a long flight, only to find your luggage didn't make it with you. Maybe even worse, your luggage arrives on time, but you open it up and find something missing or broken.
Now, picture this. You're a 21-year-old ski jumper who's just been named to the U.S. Olympic Team. You arrive in Whistler, British Columbia to get some training in a week before you're due to travel to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics. They unload your ski bag from the plane, you open it up and, (insert appropriate curse word) one of your skis has been mangled!
That's just what happened to Saranac Lake's Peter Frenette, according to a series of posts today on the "Friends of Peter Frenette – USA Ski Jumper" page.
"Not a good way to start out the week … Peter's skis were broken when he got to Whistler … working on that with United, but jumped well today on Mackenzie's skis. Send some positive calming good karma Peter's way."
The Mackenzie who loaned Frenette a pair of his skis is his friend Mackenzie Boyd-Klaus of Canada, who like Frenette competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and is also headed to Sochi. Who says the U.S. and Canada can't get along!
Frenette posted a picture of his wrecked ski on Twitter (@pfSKIJUMPING). I've reposted it here.
"Broken skis! A special thanks to @united baggage handlers who took such great care of my skis... #comeon," Frenette tweeted.
A couple of Frenette's followers on Facebook had some not-so-kind things to say about United, but a subsequent post (I assume from Frenette's mom) on the page urged them to chill out.
"I'm pretty sure Peter will come out all right on this one," the post reads. "His aunt is a pilot for United and was on the phone right away and United is also the official carrier and sponsor of the US Olympic Team. Let's cut them a little slack."
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