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. It was another moody weather day on course with intermittent rain and persistent clouds, leading many athletes to adjust their typical game plans.
Winter Vinecki missed out on yesterday’s finals but qualified in the second position today as she looked to regain the yellow bib signifying the overall World Cup leader. The 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 her score of 76.05 was just enough to put her in sixth place to advance into super finals. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals, landing on his knoll but skied away unharmed. Just outside super finals were Megan Smallhouse who finished eighth and Tasia Tanner who finished tenth along with Kyra Dossa who finished eleventh.
The final round saw Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki representing the United States as they pulled out all their stops to take first place by competing a back lay-full-full as only woman attempting a triple today’s competition paid off for Vinecki who earned her third individual and fourth overall win of the season while also regaining the well-earned yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in her back lay-full while Danielle Scott bumped Kuhn into fourth place after he won gold medal finishing ahead of them both.
The team is headed into a much-needed rest and training period before they travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for their final World Cup of the season on Mar 10th where they hope to perform better than their male counterparts did with Derek Krueger finishing outside of finals landing in 17th followed by Ashton Salwan in 22nd and Ian Schoenwald finishing lastly at 31st with Connor Curran narrowly missing superfinals finishing seventh place and Chris Lillis finishing twelfth