Freestyle: St Onge wins in Deer Valley, Cook third


The Friday night lights were bright at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah tonight, but the World Cup aerials stars out shined them by a mile. American Ryan St Onge won the men’s competition, while teammate Emily Cook got back on the podium in third.
The Friday night lights were bright at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah tonight, but the World Cup aerials stars out shined them by a mile. American Ryan St Onge won the men’s competition, while teammate Emily Cook got back on the podium in third.

“During the second jump I knew I was either going to be way too big and land on my head or if I could somehow get my feet under me, I knew it was going to be the biggest scoring jump that I could possibly do,” said St Onge. “I came in a little fast, and I hit a good takeoff and I just stretched for my life and somehow my feet got down and I was so happy.”

Joining St Onge on the podium were China’s Liu Zhongquing in second and World Cup leader Canadian Steve Omischl in third. The win was St Onge’s sixth career win and his first since 2007. He landed a full double full, full to the delight of the home crowd. Knowing he landed a winning run, he pumped is firsts, throwing the U.S. fans into a frenzy. The win boosts St Onge into third in the aerials standings behind teammate Jeret Peterson in second.

“When Ryan does perfect jumps no one can touch him. He’s that good,” said U.S. aerials coach Matt Christensen. “Tonight his second jump, the double full full, was by far the best one that’s ever been done on snow. It was amazing.”

Fellow American Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson was just off the podium in fourth. Peterson has yet to finish out of the top ten at a World Cup competition this season.

Chinese women took the top two spots, with Li Nina finishing first and Guo Xinxin in second. Cook’s third-place finish marked her second podium of the year after taking third in Lake Placid.

“The crowd was awesome, I try to not see them till the end, but once it’s over I get a good look at them, and I’m excited to go see my friends,” said Cook. “It was just a good call to come back down to a trick that I’ve trained for years and years and get myself back on the podium.”

Cook was the only American woman to make the finals. Lacy Schnoor finished 13th.

World Cup leader Australian Lydia Lassila didn’t make the finals after failing to stick the landing  of her qualifying jump.

Cook is now in sixth in the World Cup standings. Lassila retains the lead, followed by Li in second.

The aerialists now head to the site of the 2010 Olympics in Cypress, BC for a World Cup competition next weekend.  

The 2009 Visa Freestyle International wraps up tomorrow with a halfpipe competition in the morning and dual moguls under the lights back at Deer Valley at night. 

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