On the second day of competition in Lac-Beauport, Québec, 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.
In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but managed to secure her spot in super finals with a score of 76.05. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals but skied away unharmed. Just outside super finals were Megan Smallhouse, finishing eighth along with Tasia Tanner in 10th and Kyra Dossa in 11th. It was a close fight for the men’s podium spots with Connor Curran narrowly missing out on super finals and finishing in seventh place while Lillis finished 12th.
Ultimately, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented the United States in the final round of six competitors. Here, Vinecki pulled out all the stops to get in first place by competing a back lay-full-full as the only woman attempting a triple today’s competition. Her efforts paid off as she earned her third individual win and fourth overall win of the season and regained her well-earned yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect with her back lay-full attempt that landed her in second place behind Vinecki’s first place finish.
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 the season on Mar 10th.
RESULTS Women: Winter Vinecki (3rd), Megan Smallhouse (8th), Tasia Tanner (10th), Kyra Dossa (11th). Men: Chris Lillis (2nd), Derek Krueger (not listed), Ashton Salwan (7th), Ian Schoenwald (31st).