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 conditions, the U.S. 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 managed to advance into the super finals with a score of 76.05. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals but skied away unharmed. Megan Smallhouse finished eighth along with Tasia Tanner in 10th and Kyra Dossa in 11th. It was a close fight for the men, with Connor Curran missing out on super finals by just one place.
Ultimately, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented the United States in the final round of six competitors. Here, Vinecki pulled out all the stops to take first place 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 and regained her well-earned yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in her back lay-full routine and sat on podium position in third place until Danielle Scott bumped her into fourth place during his final competitor performance.
The team is headed into a much-needed rest and training period before they travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for their final World Cup of