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Vinecki Triumphs in Aerials World Cup at Lac-Beauport, Reclaims World Cup Leader Position.

In the second day of competition at 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 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. Winter Vinecki missed out on yesterday’s finals but qualified in second position today. Karenna Elliott and Derek Krueger also finished outside of finals, landing in 13th and 17th place respectively. Vinecki was determined to regain her yellow bib signifying overall World Cup leader as she qualified for finals alongside Ashton Salwan and Ian Schoenwald who finished 22nd and 31st respectively.

In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but her score of 76.05 was enough to put her in sixth position to advance into the super finals where she would compete against Kaila Kuhn and Chris Lillis who finished first and second respectively in qualification rounds. Despite a close fight between these three competitors, it was Vinecki who emerged victorious by performing a back lay-full-full as the only woman attempting a triple in today’s competition earning her third individual victory of the season along with regaining her yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in his back lay-full while Lillis landed on knoll unharmed but still finished 12th.

By Editor

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