Aerials: American Ferguson takes first career podium in second as Chinese win at Deer Valley


“This one is for Speedy,” said American aerialist Dylan Ferguson hoisting his skis in the Deer Valley finish area, dedicating the first World Cup podium of his career to his late teammate Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson.

Ferguson, whose previous best finish was a fifth-place result in Lake Placid in January, finished second under the lights tonight behind China’s Jia Zongyang who took his second victory of the season with a top score of 128.96.

Canadian Olivier Rochon rounded out the podium in third place with a 111.78-point score in the four-man super final.

In a trial of the new Olympic format, the field was qualified to 12, then down to eight and finally a Super Finals of four – with scores reset with each round and no jump allowed twice.

“It’s a lot of strategy,” said Ferguson whose performed a full double full-full (three flips, four twists) in round one, a double full full-full (three flips, four twists) in round two and a full full full (three flips, three twists) in the Super Final. “You have to watch the other guys and see what they do and I watched everyone put really good jumps down so I knew I had to do the same thing and it worked out for me.”

It was Ferguson’s first podium in 30 career World Cup aerials starts. Teammate Scotty Bahrke finished sixth.

Tonight’s event was dedicated to the memory of U.S. Olympic silver Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson, who tragically took his own life in July, and began with the crowd hooting and hollering in a fitting tribute to the late, fun loving skier. Many jumpers also wore SB stickers on their helmets to honor Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke, who died last month due to injures she sustained while training in the Park City halfpipe only a few miles from where they were competing tonight.   

The women’s podium was once again dominated by Chinese as Xu Mengtao took her fourth victory of the season with a top score of 95.88. Her teammates Cheng Shuang and Kong Fanyu joined her on the podium in second and third, respectively.

Allison Lee was the only American woman to reach the first final round of 12 women. She finished 10th with a score of 75.83. U.S. veteran Emily Cook did not compete, opting to continue rehabbing a nagging leg injury.

“There was something special in the air tonight,” said USSA Freestyle Program Director Todd Schirman. “Everybody trained well but the biggest thing is using the strategy. Dylan used his two big jumps in the first two rounds and put himself in a good spot and he performed one of his best full-full-fulls in training today and stepped it up there in the finals. Alli Lee had a personal best. Scotty had the best jump of the entire season.”

The World Cup action in Deer Valley wraps up tomorrow night with men’s and women’s dual moguls competitions.

Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  4  2527482 JIA Zongyang  1991  CHN   128.96    1000.00
 2  9  2343160 FERGUSON Dylan  1988  USA   118.86    800.00
 3  1  2484932 ROCHON Olivier  1989  CAN   111.78    600.00
 4  18  2484526 GUSTIK Maxim  1988  BLR   109.95    500.00
 5  6  2527790 MEDULICH Petr  1991  RUS   114.00    450.00
 6  24  2398843 BAHRKE Scotty  1985  USA   108.14    400.00
 7  5  2330841 ULRICH Renato  1983  SUI   99.34    360.00
 8  22  2164970 DASHINSKI Dmitri  1977  BLR   98.53    320.00
 9  3  2416982 LIU Zhongqing  1985  CHN   101.55    290.00
 10  8  2526229 QI Guangpu  1990  CHN   96.68    260.00
 11  2  2312217 LAMBERT Thomas  1984  SUI   95.25    240.00
 12  7  2527536 KROTOV Pavel  1992  RUS   72.57    220.00
 13  27  2360140 OSIPAU Denis  1983  BLR   111.05    200.00
 14  20  2527534 BUROV Ilya  1991  RUS   108.19    180.00
 15  16  2527147 LILLIS Jonathon  1994  USA   99.22    160.00
 16  19  2306688 ISOZ Andreas  1984  SUI   93.36    150.00
 17  15  2484953 ANDRE Jean-Christophe  1989  CAN   92.04    140.00
 18  11  2074178 KRAVCHUK Stanislav  1978  UKR   91.37    130.00
 19  12  2472951 ABRAMENKO Oleksandr  1988  UKR   89.34    120.00
 20  21  2526134 LYSIANSKYI Sergii  1985  UKR   88.29    110.00
 21  17  2193294 KUSHNIR Anton  1984  BLR   85.37    100.00
 22  10  2526709 TABARA Naoya  1980  JPN   84.07    90.00
 23  23  2484608 DOBRANSKY Roman  1992  CZE   83.16    80.00
 24  34  2527740 ROSSI Michael  1994  USA   82.46    70.00
 25  31  2527991 BOHONNON Mac  1995  USA   72.26    60.00
 26  14  2529931 SLIVETS Timofei  1984  RUS   70.8    50.00
 27  33  2485223 BROWN Nevin  1989  USA   67.92    45.00
 28  32  2526702 MINAMI Takanori  1989  JPN   66.62    40.00
 29  26  2526810 BOWEN Alex  1992  USA   64.86    36.00
 30  28  2064090 GETTY Clyde  1961  ARG   56.64    32.00
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     2485212 GARDNER Hans  1989  USA       

Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2526230 XU Mengtao  1990  CHN   95.88    1000.00
 2  3  2438807 CHENG Shuang  1987  CHN   92.35    800.00
 3  5  2529016 KONG Fanyu  1993  CHN   76.56    600.00
 4  8  2527930 PEEL Laura  1989  AUS   75.27    500.00
 5  2  2406021 VOLKOVA Olga  1986  UKR   84.42    450.00
 6  15  2485033 HUSKOVA Hanna  1992  BLR   81.63    400.00
 7  6  2484528 SCHAERER Tanja  1989  SUI   80.33    360.00
 8  11  2379055 DIDENKO Nadiya  1986  UKR   74.97    320.00
 9  9  2528685 WELLS Samantha  1989  AUS   78.94    290.00
 10  12  2484519 LEE Allison  1989  USA   75.83    260.00
 11  13  2527911 MCELDUFF Renee  1991  AUS   74.62    240.00
 12  10  2527702 SCOTT Danielle  1990  AUS   71.77    220.00
 13  18  2529089 GORELIK Madison  1994  USA   70.2    200.00
 14  17  2528866 MCKINNON Kiley  1995  USA   69.55    180.00
 15  14  2529430 KORSUNOVA Veronika  1992  RUS   65.65    160.00
 16  19  2528382 GRIDNEVA Alina  1992  RUS   63.96    150.00
 17  7  2484885 POLYUK Olga  1987  UKR   56.07    140.00
 18  16  2528013 OLSEN Madison  1995  USA   49.3    130.00
 19  27  2527773 KHELMINSKAYA Yana  1993  RUS   44.12    120.00

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