February 22, 2024 11:29 pm
Vinecki Triumphs in Aerials World Cup at Lac-Beauport, Reclaims World Cup Leader Position.

On the second day of competition at Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada, Winter Vinecki led the way for the Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team aerials athletes, earning her third individual win of the season.

The weather was moody on course with intermittent rain and persistent clouds, leading many athletes to adjust their typical game plans. Despite this, the U.S. team put on a show in the qualification round, advancing five women and two men into the finals. Included in this group was Winter Vinecki, who missed out on yesterday’s finals but qualified in second place today. Karenna Elliott and Derek Krueger also finished outside of finals, landing in 13th and 17th place respectively. Vinecki was determined to regain the yellow bib signifying the overall World Cup leader. Ashton Salwan finished in 22nd place and Ian Schoenwald in 31st.

In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but her score of 76.05 was just enough to put her in sixth position to advance into the super finals. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals but landed safely on his knolls. Just outside super finals were Megan Smallhouse finishing eighth along with Tasia Tanner in tenth and Kyra Dossa in eleventh place respectively. It was a close fight for men with Connor Curran narrowly missing super finals finishing seventh while Chris Lillis finished twelfth overall .

Ultimately Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented United States in final round where Vinecki pulled out all the stops by competing a back lay-full-full as only woman attempting a triple in today’s competition earning her third individual win of season , fourth overall win completed by regaining yellow leader’s bib . Kuhn toned down her difficulty during superfinals but was technically perfect with back lay-full landing third place until final competitor Danielle Scott from Australia came first scoring more points than Kuhn ending up at fourth place .

The team is now headed into a well-deserved rest and training period before they travel to Almaty Kazakhstan for their final World Cup of season on March 10th , where they hope to continue their success .

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