Firm Sponsors National Champion and Olympic Ski Jumper Peter Frenette
MALONE - The Malone law firm of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter, LLP has entered into a sponsorship agreement with national champion and Olympic ski jumper Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake.
The four-year agreement extends through the Olympic year 2014 when the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. Managing partner of the law firm John Muldowney said the firm is proud to sponsor an elite athlete such as Frenette. "In addition to being a world class ski jumper, he is a fine young man and deserving of our support," he said.
In 2006, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association cut all funding to the U.S. ski jumping program. Since that time, elite jumpers have had to secure funding on their own. A year of jumping, travel, equipment and coaching can cost upwards of $25,000. This past spring, a group of dedicated individuals, most of them former jumpers and coaches, joined together to create a new initiative, USA Ski Jumping. This group has hired coaches and is working on finding major sponsors for the current team. Until sponsors can be found, however, all other expenses are covered by the jumpers and their families. Those interested can follow the progress of the team, including Frenette, on their new website: www.usaskijumping.org.
"This past year was really exciting for me. I traveled to over 11 countries on three continents to compete. I was chosen to be a member of the 2010 Olympic Team in Vancouver, which was four years earlier than I was planning on being in the Olympics," Frenette said. "Without the help of the local sponsors like FBMH Law and others, this dream would never have come true."