Even though it was only her fourth day on the snow this season, two-time Olympian Emily Cook earned the second spot on the podium today at Mont Gabriel in the FIS Freestyle World Cup aerials opener. Ukraine’s Olga Volkova ended up taking first barely edging out Cook. Cook landed a Full-Double Full-Full (two flips, three twists) in the Superfinals.
“I’ve been recovering from sore knees, so was pretty excited to get a lot of jumps off today. I hadn’t gotten to my full degree of difficulty until today”, said Cook.
Today’s competition saw the debut of a new World Cup aerials format in which the athletes compete in up to three individually scored rounds, culminating with the top four jumping in the Superfinal for podium placement.
Cook gave her opinion on the new system, “The old format really rewarded consistency, but I love how this is a new start on every jump. It’s a cool opportunity and it really fits my style. My success today was really due to my experience and being able to put it down when it matters.”
Four other U.S. Ski Team athletes had career best finishes today with Allison Lee scoring a career best ninth place finish. And on the men’s side Jonathan Lillis finished a career best eighth throwing a Full-Full-Full for the first time in competition (three flips, three twists). Nevin Brown was 11th and Hans Gardner was 13th — both personal bests.
The World Cup heads to Lake Placid for the USANA Freestyle Cup next.