U.S. Aerial team member, Emily Cook / Photo courtesy of the U.S. Ski Team
The U.S. Aerials team had another strong showing this weekend at the FIS Freestyle World Cup in Calgary, AB. Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) finished in seventh place, while the U.S. men were led by Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) in ninth place and Jonathan Lillis (Rochester, NY) who placed 12th in his first World Cup finals. Mengtao Xu of China was the women’s winner, with Canada’s Olivier Rochon taking the men’s top spot. Windy conditions at the site limited the event to a one-run final.
Next up for World Cup aerials action is the VISA Freestyle International, which takes place February 2-4 in Deer Valley, Utah. “As a team going into Deer Valley, [the US aerials team is] looking really good.” US Aerials Head Coach, Todd Ossian commented. “The biggest thing about Deer Valley is that it’s the best site, the most professional, and it has the biggest crowd. This is the most anticipated event of the season. It’s a huge confidence builder for the team.”
Next weekend Deer Valley will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games with athlete autograph signings along Main St. in Park City. Additionally, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with Deer Valley Resort, will host the annual Ice Men Clinic, where visitors can spend a day skiing with former Olympians and other notable U.S. Ski Team athletes.
For more information about the FIS Freestyle World Cup, including a complete list of the official results from Calgary, visit www.fis-ski.com.