The young Dylan Ferguson took second at Friday’s Visa Freestyle International in front of a home town Utah’s Deer Valley Resort. He jumped his way through three finals rounds in front of a home town crowd to seize his very first career FIS Freestyle World Cup podium. China’s Zongyang Jia narrowly defeated him. Mengtao Xu led a Chinese sweep of the women’s podium.
Ferguson spoke of the day’s competition, “I really just wanted to come into this week and have a good time and put some sweet jumps down and that’s how it went and I’m so stoked. I’ve been in the top-10 a few times and my coach said, “Deer Valley is the one – this is your spot” and I earned it I think.”
The competition at Deer Valley saw one of the first trials of the new Olympic format. The field of competition was qualified to 12, then down to eight and finally a Super Finals of four. Scores are reset each round and no jump is permitted twice. To earn his place on the podium Dylan threw down a full double full-full (three flips, four twists) in round one, a double full full-full (three flips, four twists) in round two and a flawless full full full (three flips, three twists) in the Super Final.
Teammate Scotty Bahrke finished 6th, and Alli Lee was the only woman to make it into finals finishing 10th.
The Hurricane tow-rope was dedicated to Jeret “Speedy” Peterson prior to finals. Scotty Bahrke spoke of the significance, “I felt like Speedy was jumping with me all week. All the support is just awesome.”
Dual moguls are on tap for Saturday night to finish off the Visa Freestyle International