Kushnir, Xu win aerals World Cup in Mont Gabriel; Cook, St Onge fourth
After a month break since opening their season in mid-December, the World Cup aerials tour resumed today (Jan. 16) with men’s and women’s competitions in Mont Gabriel, Canada. Defending overall titleholder Anton Kushnir of Belarus and World Championships silver medalist Xu Mengtao of China took home the wins.
Xu, a fourth-time World Cup winner, had a winning score of 192.28 to beat Belorussian Alla Tsuper in second with 187.00 points. China’s Cheng Shuang rounded out the podium in third with a score of 186.99 ahead of Emily Cook who led the U.S. Team in fourth with a score of 174.6. It was Cook’s best World Cup result since finishing third in Deer Valley January of 2009. Ashley Caldwell finished 10th at her fourth World Cup appearance.
“I'm really happy with how today went. I have been working to make some changes to my jumping in the past few months. I am starting to implement those changes now, and to have come out and finished fourth in my first event of the season gives me a lot of momentum for the upcoming events,” said Cook, who performed a full full in the semifinals and a full double full in the finals. “I also had some mistakes today, so to still finish well, knowing that there is more I can do is great. I will add double full full in upcoming events as well, and am excited to increase my degree of difficulty.”
Canadian Sabrina Guerin led the home team in fifth - a career high. Teammates Stephanie Pratte and Crystal Lee finished 17th and 19th, respectively.
On the men’s side, Kushnir took the contest with a 6.63-point advantage over China’s Qi Guangpu in second. The Ukraine’s Stanislav Kravchuk finished third with a score of 234.60. Another American took the fourth position as defending World Champion Ryan St. Onge pulled in a score of 233.22 to record his best World Cup result since wining in Moscow in 2009. It was Kushnir’s sixth career World Cup victory.
“The last time I got fourth was at the Olympics, and I can tell you this one feels a lot better than that,” said St, Onge. “I was very happy with my performance this week. I came here to get some good training in, and the plan was to compete with less degree of difficulty and work on the basics. I did that well and the good result was simply a bonus.
American Scotty Bahrke earned his seventh career World Cup top-10 result in seventh. Teammate Dylan Ferguson also cracked the top ten in ninth today.
"It was great to see a strong representation from the US Team. Five
jumpers in finals is a very strong showing for us when most of our team
is so young,” said St. Onge.
Travis Gerritis led the Canadian team at home in 10th place. Remi Belanger and Jonathan Vellner also scored in 16th and 28th, respectively.
The World Cup tour now moves to Lake Placid, NY for the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup Jan. 22-23.
More to come
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