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American aerialist Emily Cook today (Feb. 12) returned to Moscow, Russia with love.
The 13-year U.S. Ski Team veteran grabbed her second career World Cup win (her first also came in the Russian capitol in 2008) with a 93.06 one-jump score. Her score came in a whopping seven points ahead of second-place finisher, Ukranian jumper Olga Volkova with 85.83 points. China’s Xin Zhang took third with 84.10 points.
“I’m excited for sure, especially with such a challenging day,” said Cook of her win in windy and snowy conditions. “Staying under control was the key. I just had to trust the coaches and follow my plan.”
Saturday’s contest was a little unconventional. The jump, which was constructed of scaffolding near downtown Moscow, was not ideal and a strong headwind compounded to make for very sketchy jumping conditions, forcing both the men and the women to back off on the degree of difficulty. To address safety concerns the finals consisted of a single jump rather than the normal two.
The victory comes at a great time for Cook, who missed out on a World Championship medal at home in Deer Valley last week after leading in qualifying and the first round of jumping. The Belmont, Mass. native now owns six career World Cup podiums.
In what turned out to be a one run final, Cook was the only competitor to attempt a jump with such a high level of difficulty in the first round.
Belorussian Anton Kushnir took the men’s crown with a 119.91 point score. Ukrainian Stanislav Kravchuk took silver with 102,57 points ahead of Chinese Qi Guangpu in third with 102.57.
U.S. Scotty Bahrke led the North American in eighth place with 95.35. Canadian Travis Gerrits led his team in 10th with 93.58.
“It was really windy. There was a terrible headwind,” said Head Coach Todd Ossian about the conditions in Moscow. “Our guys had to do doubles because they couldn’t get enough speed.”
2010 FIS Rookie of the Year Ashley Caldwell (Charleston, SC) crashed in training and rather than risk an injury, opted not to compete. Caldwell did not suffer any injuries in her fall.
World Cup aerials action continues Saturday, Feb. 19, in Minsk, Belarus.
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