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Other Winter Sports - 30. January 2012.

Cook Lands In Aerials Top 10

Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) geared up for the Feb. 2-4 VISA Freestyle International with another FIS Freestyle World Cup top-ten aerials finish, taking seventh place at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, AB. Mengtao Xu of China was the women's winner, with Canada's Olivier Rochon taking the men's top spot. The U.S. men were led by Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) in ninth place and Jonathan Lillis (Rochester, NY) 12th in his first World Cup finals. Windy conditions at the site limited the event to a one-run final.

HIGHLIGHTS

    Emily Cook finished seventh in Calgary for her fourth top 10 in a row
    Dylan Ferguson was ninth, his third consecutive top 10
    Jonathan Lillis (Rochester, NY) who qualified for his first FIS Freestyle World Cup finals, finished 12th
    Extremely windy conditions limited the competition at the Canada Olympic Park to a single winner-takes-all finals format
    The VISA Freestyle International at Deer Valley, UT is the next stop for World Cup aerials action
    Deer Valley will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games with athlete autograph signings along Main St. in Park City, UT
    The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with Deer Valley Resort, will host the annual Ice Men Clinic, where patrons can spend a day skiing with former Olympians and other notable U.S. Ski Team athletes

QUOTES
Todd Ossian, Aerials Head Coach
We were really good in training today, but unfortunately we didn’t perform well in the competition. We were well prepared for the conditions, but the weather being a little crazy does affect things.

As a team going into Deer Valley, we’re looking really good. The biggest thing about Deer Valley is that it’s the best site, the most professional, and it has the biggest crowd. This is the most anticipated event of the season. It’s a huge confidence builder for the team.
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