Emily Cook claimed her sixth U.S. aerials title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships Saturday night at Heavenly. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
HEAVENLY, CA (March 30) – With a band playing and a rocking crowd on the hill, Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) claimed her sixth U.S. aerials title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships Saturday night. Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) took the title for the men, scoring a U.S. Champs three-peat. Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) and Alex Bowen (Springville, NY) took second, while Madie Gorelik (Park City, UT) and Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY) walked away in third place.
Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) claimed her sixth U.S. aerials title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships Saturday night at Heavenly.
Cook landed a full double full on the first jump and a full full on the second.
Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) scored a U.S. Champs three-peat, winning the title for the men.
Ferguson landed a full double full full on his first jump and a double full full full on his second.
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) earned her second national championships podium, taking second place for the women.
Junior Olympics champion Alex Bowen (Springville, NY) stood on his first U.S. Championship podium with a second place finish.
It was also a second national champs podium for Madie Gorelik (Park City, UT), who took third place for the women.
The event was judged in the traditional aerial two-jump format which combined the athletes’ two jump scores, so each jump counted.
Despite the warm March weather, the hill was in good shape because of manmade snow and the cold temperatures Saturday night.
Heavenly put on a great event with a live band, and a rowdy crowd added to the atmosphere on the hill.
Saturday’s aerials event closed another successful Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships. Sunday’s dual moguls event was moved to Saturday because of an approaching storm.
QUOTES Emily Cook 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. 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!
Dylan Ferguson Heavenly put on a great event here, and it's a great end to my season. It puts me in a strong mindset looking towards the Olympic season and I'm just taking it day by day. Hoping I do well in those first few events next year so I'm on that Olympic team.
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