Freestyle: St. Onge wins in Moscow


American aerialist Ryan St. Onge won a World Cup freestyle competition Saturday in Moscow, Russia. The Colorado native landed a quadruple-twisting jump in front of a record crowd to clench his second World Cup win of the season.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple years working towards a goal and these two wins that I have had this season confirm that I am either there or getting real close,” St. Onge said. “When the results finally come and it’s better than you expected it’s a pretty gratifying feeling.”

Bulgarian Dmitri Dashinski was two points behind in second place, while Ukranian  Stanislav Kravchuck grabbed third. World Cup leader Canadian Steve Omischl retained his lead with a fifth place finish at the event. St. Onge now stands in second in the World Cup standings, followed by teammate Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson in third.

Americans Scotty Barhke and Dylan Ferguson also snagged top-20 results in 11th and 19th, respectively. 

“My teammates jumped really well today, too. Emily Cook jumped great and Scotty Bahrke had a great first jump. It was really fun jumping with him in the finals,” St. Onge said. “It was a pretty unique experience.”

The women’s event saw China’s Xu Mengtao and Cheng Shuang take the top two spots, followed by World Cup points leader Australian Lydia Lassila in third.

Emily Cook led the Americans in tenth place, followed by Lacy Schooner in 16th. 

The event was held on the same manmade structure that hosted a special men’s alpine slalom event in early January. The 183-foot-tall slope was built in downtown Moscow to help build excitement for the coming Winter Games in Sochi 2014.

“I looked around and there were 15,000 people in the parking lot for the qualifying jump and just streams of people still walking in,” St. Onge said. “I was wondering with the bad weather and everything if it was going to be a great event, but the weather got better, people showed up and I’m pretty sure it’s the coolest World Cup I have ever competed in.”

With two World Cup wins to his name this year St. Onge now looks to capitalize at the World Championships in Japan early next month.  

“The most important thing is World Championships coming up in the next two weeks and in the last event leading up to those landing two jumps and landing those was really important to me,” St. Onge said.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2009 FREESTYLE FIS WORLD CUP
Moscow, Russia – Feb. 14, 2009
Aerials

Men
1. Ryan St. Onge, Winter Park, CO, 249.94
2. Dmitri Dashinski, Bulgaria, 247.89
3. Stanislav Kravchuck, Ukraine, 243.64
4. Thomas Lambert, Switzerland, 241.03
5. Steve Omischl, Canada, 240.02
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11. Scotty Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 194.89
19. Dylan Ferguson, Amesbury, MA, 92.34
25. Jeret Peterson, Boise, ID, 84.73

Women
1. Mengtao Xu, China, 195.98
2. Shuang Cheng, China, 192.81
3. Lydia Lassila, Australia, 192.11
4. Shuangfei Dai, China, 183.06
5. Nina Li, China, 177.48
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10. Emily Cook, Belmont, MA, 138.37
16. Lacy Schnoor, Draper, UT, 67.72
23. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD, 44.10

American aerialist Ryan St. Onge won a World Cup freestyle competition Saturday in Moscow, Russia. The Colorado native landed a quadruple-twisting jump in front of a record crowd to clench his second World Cup win of the season.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple years working towards a goal and these two wins that I have had this season confirm that I am either there or getting real close,” St. Onge said. “When the results finally come and it’s better than you expected it’s a pretty gratifying feeling.”

Bulgarian Dmitri Dashinski was two points behind in second place, while Ukranian  Stanislav Kravchuck grabbed third. World Cup leader Canadian Steve Omischl retained his lead with a fifth place finish at the event. St. Onge now stands in second in the World Cup standings, followed by teammate Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson in third.

Americans Scotty Barhke and Dylan Ferguson also snagged top-20 results in 11th and 19th, respectively. 

“My teammates jumped really well today, too. Emily Cook jumped great and Scotty Bahrke had a great first jump. It was really fun jumping with him in the finals,” St. Onge said. “It was a pretty unique experience.”

The women’s event saw China’s Xu Mengtao and Cheng Shuang take the top two spots, followed by World Cup points leader Australian Lydia Lassila in third.

Emily Cook led the Americans in tenth place, followed by Lacy Schooner in 16th. 

The event was held on the same manmade structure that hosted a special men’s alpine slalom event in early January. The 183-foot-tall slope was built in downtown Moscow to help build excitement for the coming Winter Games in Sochi 2014.

“I looked around and there were 15,000 people in the parking lot for the qualifying jump and just streams of people still walking in,” St. Onge said. “I was wondering with the bad weather and everything if it was going to be a great event, but the weather got better, people showed up and I’m pretty sure it’s the coolest World Cup I have ever competed in.”

With two World Cup wins to his name this year St. Onge now looks to capitalize at the World Championships in Japan early next month.  

“The most important thing is World Championships coming up in the next two weeks and in the last event leading up to those landing two jumps and landing those was really important to me,” St. Onge said.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2009 FREESTYLE FIS WORLD CUP
Moscow, Russia – Feb. 14, 2009
Aerials

Men
1. Ryan St. Onge, Winter Park, CO, 249.94
2. Dmitri Dashinski, Bulgaria, 247.89
3. Stanislav Kravchuck, Ukraine, 243.64
4. Thomas Lambert, Switzerland, 241.03
5. Steve Omischl, Canada, 240.02
-
11. Scotty Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 194.89
19. Dylan Ferguson, Amesbury, MA, 92.34
25. Jeret Peterson, Boise, ID, 84.73

Women
1. Mengtao Xu, China, 195.98
2. Shuang Cheng, China, 192.81
3. Lydia Lassila, Australia, 192.11
4. Shuangfei Dai, China, 183.06
5. Nina Li, China, 177.48
-
10. Emily Cook, Belmont, MA, 138.37
16. Lacy Schnoor, Draper, UT, 67.72
23. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD, 44.10
 
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