Three-time Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) landed the top result for the USA in eighth Friday night during her final Olympic appearance at the women’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games. Alla Tsuper of Belarus went on to earn the gold medal ahead of 2010 Olympic champion Mengtao Xu of China, who settled for silver. The women’s aerials event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com. Next, the men take to the aerials hill for qualifications and the final medal rounds Monday Feb. 17.
Emily winning an Olympic qualifing event at Heavenly Resort / Photo © Kirk Paulsen
Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) became the first U.S. woman in history to throw a full, full, full in competition during Friday’s qualification round, which put her in first place going into the final rounds. Caldwell was planning to unleash her game-changing jump in a later final, but she did not advance past the first final and finished 10th.
Ashley Caldwell during a World Cup final, practicing her full, full, full for Sochi and she nailed it! Photo: Steven Kornreich
Emily comments on her Olympic performance “Obviously I came here to win a medal and bring one home for Team USA, but I’m definitely trying right now to just take a moment and think about this whole career. It’s been amazing and it’s something I’m very proud of. I’m incredibly honored to be here representing Team USA. I’ve been jumping awesome and I’m happy. I’m excited for the next adventure”.
She continues, “This is definitely the last Olympics, for sure. I’m so happy. It’s been such a long road and so many ups and downs. This sport is so fun. Yes, this will be my last Olympics, but I don’t really plan on going anywhere. I’ll be around, I’ll be supporting these guys for a long time. This team is amazing and I look forward to be a part of it for a long time”.
Emily posted a photo of the Sochi aerials course during a training run. Instagram / @Emilycook02