U.S. aerialist St. Onge wins Canadian summer comp


LAC-BEAUPORT, Quebec — Ryan St. Onge of the U.S. freestyle team won the men’s competition, while teammate and Jana Lindsey took second place for the women Saturday at the fourth annual Mondial Acrobatx in Lac-Beauport, Quebec.
LAC-BEAUPORT, Quebec — Ryan St. Onge of the U.S. freestyle team won the men’s competition, while teammate and Jana Lindsey took second place for the women Saturday at the fourth annual Mondial Acrobatx in Lac-Beauport, Quebec.
     St. Onge, along with Lindsey and Emily Cook, traveled to Canada to compete in the water ramp aerials competition, which also featured competitors from Japan, Slovenia, Australia and France.
     The competition was head-to-head elimination. In the final round, St. Onge went up against Nicolas Thepaut of France. Both competitors did a variation on five twists, but it was St. Onge’s double full, full, double full that earned the win.
     “Ryan did awesome. He stuck to his plan from training throughout the competition and really, the bottom line is he jumped better than everyone else today,” said U.S. assistant aerials coach Brian Currutt.
     According to Currutt, the competition was especially exciting because of competitors pushing the boundaries with progressive jumping.
     “We had five different guys do quint twisting triples here. This is a huge step forward for the sport. Everyone stepped up with a higher degree of difficulty and there were some really good jumps,” he said.
     In the women’s competition, Lindsey came through each round on top, and won the semifinals with a back double full full – a jump she’s been practicing but has never thrown in competition.
     “It was a great test for her to be able to compete it and be successful with it,” Currutt said. “It’s a huge confidence builder going into winter.”
     Amber Peterson of Canada won the women’s competition for the second year in a row. Cook, who along with Lindsey had never competed at the Canadian facility went out in the first round.
     The aerialists now head back to Park City for more summer training before their World Cup season kicks off in China in December.

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