Lake Placid, NY (Jan 18) – The FIS Freestyle World Cup makes its first stop in the United States this week, returning to the 1980 Olympic slopes of Lake Placid for the USANA Freestyle Cup. Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) looks to continue her moguls dominance as she seeks an 11th consecutive win. On the high flying aerials jumps, Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) will compete for her second straight podium using the new head-to-head scoring format. The event opens Thursday, Jan. 19 with moguls, followed by back-to-back aerials events on Friday and Saturday under the lights
Hannah Kearney, chasing her 11th straight World Cup victory, will lead a strong U.S. Freestyle team on the moguls slope.
Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) is eager to get his first World Cup win after finishing second last weekend in Mont Gabriel. Also watch out for Sho Kashima (S Lake Tahoe, CA) who has been putting up strong finishes this season.
Looking to thrill the hometown crowd in aerials’ new format, Emily Cook, has her eyes set on the top spot.
The U.S. Aerials team is looking to build on their success of the previous World Cup, where four athletes had personal best finishes, including Jonathan Lillis (Rochester, NY) who threw his first triple flip in World Cup competition.
The USANA Freestyle Cup aerials events will take place under the lights at the newly constructed Olympic Jumping Complex.
QUOTES Hannah Kearney (In reference to weather) When you're training in Lake Placid you have to take it all with a grain of salt. Training is always difficult yet they somehow always manage to pull off a great event on the day of competition. The challenges of a difficult training day make it all the more exciting on comp day.
Emily Cook Lake Placid is a really exciting place to compete especially with all the new athletes competing in their first world cup. The team is jumping really well, and being back here where I first started to jump and watching the younger kinds compete here is a really cool thing.