U.S. Aerialists Miss Podium at Cypress World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 7, 2009 12:02 pm

In spite of its impressive depth, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team didn’t find the World Cup podium last night, during the test event at the 2010 Olympic site at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver. Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, ID) was the top American in sixth, and Emily Cook led the U.S. ladies, finishing eighth.

“Emily landed her second jump perfectly and just lost her ski," said coach Matt Christensen. "She would have been on the podium. She’s jumping amazing right now."

Peterson also jumped well, though didn’t quite his second jump. “I was just too far forward,” Peterson said.

“Speedy missed his takeoff on the second jump,” added Christensen.

                                                                                                     Speedy reacts to his jump in the finish

Canadian technician Steve Omischl continued his medal streak, taking the men’s gold, breaking an unusual tie with Anton Kushnir of Belarus. They tied not only in total points, but also had the same scores for each jump. Officials broke the tie using the landing points.

2006 Olympic gold medalist, Swiss veteran Evelyn Leu shined on the 2010 site, winning the women’s gold, with Chinese aerialists taking the second and third spots.

Next up, the U.S. aerialists head to Russia with love for an event under the lights in downtown Moscow. Last year at a similar contest, the crowd went into the tens of thousands. Emily Cook took her first World Cup gold, with American Scotty Bahrke (brother of 2002 Olympic moguls silver medalist, Shannon Barhke), nabbing fifth.  



Cypress Mountain, BC – Feb. 6, 2009




1. Steve Omischl, Canada, 250.96

2. Anton Kushnir, Belarus, 250.96

3. Stanislav Kravhuk, Ukraine, 250.64

4. Ryan Blais, Canada, 240.10

5. Christopher Lambert, Switzerland, 236.14


6. Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, Boise, ID, 229.31

11. Dylan Ferguson, Amesbury, MA, 179.51



1. Evelyn Leu, Switzerland, 204.96

2. Suangfei Dai, China, 192.73

3. Shuang Cheng, China, 182.41

4. Nina Li, China, 169.95

5. Mengtau Xu, China, 149.90


8. Emily Cook, Belmont, MA, 144.51

9. Lacy Schnoor, Draper, UT, 144.15

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Photo: Tom Kelly/USSA