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Skiing - 21. January 2009.

Cook lands fourth at Lake Placid

Cook landed a full, double full (two flips including a full twist and a double twist) and a double full, full (two flips including a double twist and a full twist) and says competing her planned 2010 Olympic package for the first time was great.

Cook lands fourth at Lake Placid
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"I am super excited, especially because it was my first time competing the double full, full full. It's the trick that I am planning on competing at the Olympics, so it's just awesome," Cook said. "It's a new trick for me just this week and training was a little bit shaky. My coaches did a great job working with me. I don't know if I have ever been so excited in my career to have a jump like that."

Jana Lindsey (Black Hawk, SD) followed Cook in fifth, tying her career best.

According to Christensen, Cook's willingness to get back on the horse is what puts her ahead of the pack.

"She had a crash where she landed backwards on this new jump two days ago, so we got her back up and made her do another one. It was huge and that brought her back in to a good state," Christensen said. "It just shows how much of a winner she is that she's able to come back and do that. She went up there, got it done and got on the podium this weekend."

With a podium under her belt after throwing two new jumps for the first time, Cook is looking forward to what future competitions hold for her.

"It's all about preparation and momentum. We are aiming to peak at Worlds and especially next year in Vancouver," Cook said. "Basically putting down the two jumps that I plan on competing at worlds and in Vancouver and being on the podium the first week that I compete them was just really exciting. Now we are building and being on the podium builds momentum for the future."

For Christensen, the jumping venue was excellent and thee Team couldn't have asked for more in Placid.

"The jump site at Lake Placid is the best it has ever been in the 20 years I have been involved in this sport," Christensen said. "ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority) as well as the organizing committee did an amazing job here."

The Team next competes in Mont Gabriel, BC, Jan. 24-25 before heading to Utah for the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort Jan. 29-31.

2009 Nature Valley Freestyle Challenge
Lake Placid, NY - Jan. 18, 2009

1. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 189.98
2. Mengtao XU, China, 186.11
3. Emily Cook, Belmont, MA, 184.70
4. Xin Zhang, China, 183.64
5. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD, 178.05
18. Lacy Schnoor, Draper, UT, 74.65
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