The band was rocking and the pumped crowd was cheering as Emily Cook dominated on the hill to secure her sixth U.S. aerials title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships Saturday night at Heavenly. Fellow Massachusetts native, Dylan Ferguson, claimed the title for the men’s division, grabbing an impressive U.S. Champs three-peat.
Cook came out strong from the start landing a full double full on the first jump and following up with a full full on the second. Kiley McKinnon also had a solid performance capturing second place for the women and grabbing her second national championships podium. Madie Gorelik also stood on the national champs podium for the second time with her third place finish for the women.
“This is such an awesome end to a really great season. It’s great to have this result at Heavenly where there is so much freestyle history,” exclaimed Cook. “There are so many people here from so many freestyle years. This is a great way to head into the summer training season. I was ready to start summer training two weeks ago. This isn’t the off-season for me. This is go time!”
Ferguson had an outstanding start landing his full double full full on his first jump followed by a double full full full on his second jump to secure the win. Alex Bowen, Junior Olympics champion, got his first glance at the U.S. Championship podium with his second place finish. Jonathon Lillis rounded off the podium with his third place finish for the men’s side.
“Heavenly put on a great event here, and it’s a great end to my season,” commented Ferguson. “It puts me in a strong mindset looking towards the Olympic season and I’m just taking it day by day.”
With the monumental success the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team has had this season, the team is going to be a tough competitor to beat in less than a year at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.