The aerials site for the season opening World Cup event in Changchun, China. (Matt Saunders)
CHANGCHUN, China (Jan. 5) – The U.S. took a pair of fifth place finishes at the FIS World Cup aerials opener in Changchun. Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) put up a strong fight against fierce international competition. Both Cook and Ferguson had World Cup podiums last season. Youngster and 2012 Rookie of the Year Jonathon Lillis (Rochester, NY) scored a personal best World Cup finish placing seventh. Mengtao Xu and Zongyanj Jia, both of China, took the wins. The next stop for the aerials squad is Val Saint-Come, QC Jan. 12. The aerialists will then meet up with the moguls team for the first domestic event of the season at the USANA Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid Jan 17-19.
Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) took a pair of fifth place finishes at the FIS World Cup season opener in Changchun, China.
Cook competed a full, double full in her first round jump for a score of 92.70.
Ferguson competed a double full, full, full for a score of 122.62.
Cook was the only U.S. woman to move onto the finals round.
Ferguson and Jonathon Lillis were the two U.S. men to move into the finals round.
Youngster Mike Rossi, (Long Valley, NJ) posted his personal best finish, 14th in his first international World Cup.
Following the aerials opener, the team will head to Val Saint-Come, Canada Jan. 12 before meeting up with the moguls team Jan. 17-19 for the USANA Lake Placid Freestyle Cup.