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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

Women’s Results
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2526230 XU Mengtao  1990  CHN   192.28    1000.00
 2  29  2192518 TSUPER Alla  1979  BLR   187.00    800.00
 3  3  2438807 CHENG Shuang  1987  CHN   186.99    600.00
 4  31  2180102 COOK Emily  1979  USA   174.6    500.00
 5  27  2526216 GUERIN Sabrina  1985  CAN   171.60    450.00
 6  5  2529017 XU Sicun  1992  CHN   169.20    400.00
 7  10  2484528 SCHAERER Tanja  1989  SUI   162.84    360.00
 8  28  2484885 POLYUK Olga  1987  UKR   162.73    320.00
 9  7  2406021 VOLKOVA Olga  1986  UKR   162.67    290.00
 10  26  2526863 CALDWELL Ashley  1993  USA   157.78    260.00
 11  6  2416400 ZHAO Shanshan  1987  CHN   153.76    240.00
 12  2  2439777 ZHANG Xin  1985  CHN   152.10    220.00
 13  9  2379055 DIDENKO Nadiya  1986  UKR   79.06    200.00
 14  35  2472660 LEUENBERGER Nadja  1987  SUI   78.23    180.00
 15  33  2527930 PEEL Laura  1989  AUS   70.03    160.00
 15  32  2526676 AINSWORTH Sarah  1985  GBR   70.03    160.00
 17  34  2527116 PRATTE Stephanie  1992  CAN   54.73    140.00
 18  11  2485033 HUSKOVA Hanna  1992  BLR   54.66    130.00
 19  30  2526217 LEE Crystal  1988  CAN   52.76    0.00


Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  6  2193294 KUSHNIR Anton  1984  BLR   247.60    1000.00
 2  2  2526229 QI Guangpu  1990  CHN   240.97    800.00
 3  30  2074178 KRAVCHUK Stanislav  1978  UKR   234.60    600.00
 4  37  2263813 ST ONGE Ryan  1983  USA   233.22    500.00
 5  10  2472951 ABRAMENKO Oleksandr  1988  UKR   229.10    450.00
 6  1  2527482 JIA Zongyang  1991  CHN   228.18    400.00
 7  34  2398843 BAHRKE Scotty  1985  USA   227.13    360.00
 8  12  2330938 HAECHLER Christian  1983  SUI   226.33    320.00
 9  31  2343160 FERGUSON Dylan  1988  USA   225.63    290.00
 10  38  2525948 GERRITS Travis  1991  CAN   217.69    260.00
 11  14  2312217 LAMBERT Thomas  1984  SUI   206.06    240.00
 12  7  2484526 GUSTIK Maxim  1988  BLR   194.53    220.00
 13  27  2192615 ABLAEV Enver  1979  UKR   109.38    200.00
 14  5  2438904 WU Chao  1987  CHN   108.19    180.00
 15  8  2485099 MORRIS David  1984  AUS   105.88    160.00
 16  41  2526057 BELANGER Remi  1987  CAN   103.74    150.00
 17  39  2308434 LEBEDEV Vladimir  1984  RUS   103.68    140.00
 18  50  2526709 TABARA Naoya  1980  JPN   103.47    130.00
 19  49  2484608 DOBRANSKY Roman  1992  CZE   96.23    120.00
 20  48  2527534 BUROV Ilya  1991  RUS   96.14    110.00
 21  4  2330841 ULRICH Renato  1983  SUI   93.14    100.00
 22  15  2306688 ISOZ Andreas  1984  SUI   93.14    90.00
 23  33  2485223 BROWN Nevin  1989  USA   88.69    80.00
 24  29  2360140 OSIPAU Denis  1983  BLR   88.09    70.00
 25  13  2526134 LYSIANSKYI Sergii  1985  UKR   86.46    60.00
 26  9  2416982 LIU Zhongqing  1985  CHN   86.06    50.00
 27  28  2526702 MINAMI Takanori  1989  JPN   83.94    45.00
 28  35  2526218 VELLNER Jonathan  1987  CAN   83.84    40.00
 29  16  2416788 LI Ke  1985  CHN   82.66    36.00
 30  26  2485224 DEPETERS Matthew  1987  USA   81.64    32.00
 31  47  2527790 MEDULICH Petr  1991  RUS   80.19    28.00
 32  3  2304166 SHOULDICE Warren  1983  CAN   80.09    26.00
 33  40  2064090 GETTY Clyde  1961  ARG   77.57    24.00
 34  46  2527536 KROTOV Pavel  1992  RUS   76.95    22.00
 35  32  2527147 LILLIS Jonathon  1994  USA   71.73    20.00
 36  43  2527527 MARUSHCHAK Ivan  1988  RUS   71.44    19.70
 37  36  2484953 ANDRE Jean-Christophe  1989  CAN   71.07    0.00
 38  45  2528179 BELANGER DALLAIRE Samuel  1993  CAN   58.27    0.00
 39  44  2527535 NIKITIN Alexander  1992  RUS   57.1    0.00
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     2528181 LABBE-GIGUERE Marc-Antoine  1991  CAN       

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