On the second day of competition in 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 on course was moody with intermittent rain and persistent clouds, leading many athletes to adjust their typical game plans.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, 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 position today. She was looking to regain the yellow bib that signifies the overall World Cup leader.
In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but managed to score 76.05 and advance into super finals in sixth place. Chris Lillis fell hard and landed on a knoll but skied away unharmed. Just outside super finals were Megan Smallhouse (eighth), Tasia Tanner (tenth), and Kyra Dossa (eleventh).
The final round saw Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represent the United States against six competitors. Here, Vinecki pulled out all the stops by competing a back lay-full-full as the only woman attempting a triple in today’s competition. Her efforts paid off as she earned her third individual and fourth overall win of the season while regaining her well-earned yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in her back lay-full while sitting in podium position in third place until Danielle Scott bumped her into fourth place during his final run.
The team is now heading into a much-needed rest and training period before they travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for their final World Cup of the season on March 10th.
The men had lower finishes with Derek Krueger finishing outside of finals (17th), followed by Ashton Salwan (22nd) and Ian Schoenwald (31st). In finals, Connor Curran narrowly missed superfinals (seventh) while Chris Lillis finished 12th.
Overall, despite some challenges posed by bad weather conditions on course during this competition season, both men’s and women’s teams are excited about their upcoming final World Cup event in Almaty where they hope to end their season strong with better performances than seen so far this year.