Dylan Ferguson did it again this weekend scoring his second national aerials gold at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Stratton Mountain. At age of 23, he was the oldest athlete on the podium.
“It feels good to maintain my title, and it feels even better to cap off my great season with another good result,” he said.
It was a rough day with less-than-ideal course conditions. The temperatures were rising in typical spring fashion for the end of the 2011-12 freestyle season. Stratton organizers and crews spent over 300 hours in snow cats prepping the aerials hill in anticipation of the heat. And their hard work and organization paid off. The course was unique, using scaffolding used to produce extra speed that the athletes appreciated.
Participation in the aerials championships increased 40% from last year.
“Amazing effort from Stratton and good attitudes from the athletes turned a questionable day into a very successful event with high quality jumps. The Junior Worlds Athletes arrived to the U.S. on Friday, put jet lag behind them and performed like veterans. The EADP (Elite Aerial Development Program) and domestic club of the year FLY Freestyle were outstanding taking four out of the six podiums today. The recruitment and effort to the development system is really gaining momentum, Maddy (Olsen) and Mac (Bohonnon) were outstanding and athletes and coaches alike are seeing hard work pay off,” said USSA Freestyle Director Todd Schiman.
Maddy Olsen of Park City threw down her best tricks and changed the course of her career when she won earned the top spot on the women’s podium. The win was her first career title and earned her a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
“It’s a really exciting win for me, especially since this is my first nationals. Even though the weather conditions weren’t the best we all went out there and did our best and had a good time with it. It worked out in my favor today. To be the aerials national champion is huge!” Olsen said.
EADP athlete Kiley McKinnon won silver, and Mac Bohonnon took bronze.