American aerialist Emily Cook kicked off the World Cup season today (Jan. 15) in Mont Gabriel, Canada with a second-place performance to earn her seventh career podium.
Cook, who has been battling her way back from a knee injury, only started jumping last week.
“I am really happy with today’s result. Last week I was unsure of whether I would be able to compete, so today made me really happy,” said Cook, a 14-year U.S. Ski Team veteran. “I just had to rely on the other years of training I have behind me. Next week I hope to clean up my jumps a lot. Technically, I know I can do a lot better, so that leaves a lot of room for improvement.”
The only jumper to top Cook’s 78.78-point full double full super final score was Ukrainian Olga Volkova with the top score of 83.54 to take her first career World Cup win. Australian Laura Peel rounded out the podium in third place.
The new format requires jumpers to perform four jumps, not carrying points from one round to the other. Meaning each of the four women in the exciting super final have an equal shot to walk away with the win.
American Allison Lee, scored a ninth-place result in her second World Cup appearance. U.S. young gun Ashley Caldwell sustained a knee injury last month and will not compete this season.
On the men’s side, Russian Pavel Krotov secured his first career World Cup victory with an impressive 112.79-point score to beat Canadian Olivier Rochon, who finished second with 105.41 points. Japan’s Naoya Tabara took third with a 97.6-points score.
Five American men competed today, led by 17-year-old Jonathon Lillis in eighth place to record his career best result. Nevin Brown and Hans Gardner also cracked the top-15 in 1th2 and 13th, respectively. Dylan Ferguson finished 17th and Scotty Bahrke took 20th
Image of Emily Cook bySarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team.