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Peterson, St. Onge primed for freestyle opener

Former World Cup champion Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and Ryan St. Onge will compete in the opening World Cup aerials meets of the season Dec. 9-10 in China.
APEX, B.C. — Former World Cup champion Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and Ryan St. Onge will compete in the opening World Cup aerials meets of the season Dec. 9-10 in China.
    After a final preseason training camp at this ski resort outside Penticton, head coach Matt Christiansen and the two athletes leave this weekend for Jilin Beida Lake, China. Emily Cook, who was on the 2006 Olympic team with Peterson and St. Onge, trained at Apex but will begin competing next month when the World Cup makes its traditional January swing through the United States and Canada, Christiansen said.
    “We had an outstanding camp. We had six days of jumping and it was good. Weather was cold but conditions were awesome, and the site is superb,” the coach said. National teams from Europe and North America were at Apex sharing in the facilities; the World Cup season originally was to have begun in Australia over Labor Day weekend, but a lack of snow forced cancellation.
    “They got up to triples [three flips] and they’re looking good. We’re looking for some good results in China,” Christiansen said. “We feel Emily can use some additional training, but she’ll be rolling next month.”
    After the two meets in China and some time at home for the holidays, the U.S. freestyle ski team resumes World Cup action Jan. 6-7 in Mont Gabriel, Que., outside Montreal, followed by three nights of competition Jan. 11-13 at the Chevrolet Freestyle International at Deer Valley, Utah, and then the Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge Jan. 18-20 in Lake Placid, New York.

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