Stanislav Kravchuk of Ukraine led a tightly packed top four in men’s aerials qualifying Friday afternoon at the Visa Freestyle International.
DEER VALLEY, Utah — Stanislav Kravchuk of Ukraine led a tightly packed top four in men’s aerials qualifying Friday afternoon at the Visa Freestyle International.
Kravchuk threw a back-full double-full-full with a degree of difficulty of 4.425 to score 124.78 points and edge Anton Kushnir of Belarus atop the qualifying list. Kushnir threw the same trick as Kravchuk and scored 124.56.
Swiss Andreas Isoz was third at 123.67, and Russia’s Dmitry Marushchak was fourth at 123.23. Rounding out the top five was Vladimir Lebedev of Russia with 116.90.
World Cup overall leader Steve Omischl of Canada, winner of three of the four competitions held this season, threw a difficult back-full double-full-full but nearly crashed on his landing and qualified 10th.
The top 12 finishers made the 7 p.m. MT final and only one American made the cut — Dylan Ferguson in 11th with a score of 99.42. Ferguson threw a back-full-full-full with a degree of difficulty of 4.050. Americans Scotty Bahrke, Zac Amidan and Ryan St. Onge each struggled with their landings and failed to advance.
Each aerialist’s final-round score will be added to their qualification score to determine the winner.