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 was moody on course with intermittent rain and persistent clouds, leading many athletes to adjust their typical game plans. However, the weather didn’t seem to significantly impact the U.S. team as they 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 the second position today. Karenna Elliott and Derek Krueger also finished outside of finals, landing in 13th and 17th place respectively. Vinecki was looking to regain the yellow bib signifying overall World Cup leader. Ashton Salwan finished in 22nd place and Ian Schoenwald in 31st.
In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but her score of 76.05 was just enough to put her in sixth position to advance into super finals. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals but landed safely on a knoll. Just outside super finals were Megan Smallhouse finishing eighth along with Tasia Tanner in tenth and Kyra Dossa in eleventh place respectively. It was a close fight for men as well with Connor Curran missing super finals by a whisker finishing seventh place while Chris Lillis finished twelfth.
Ultimately, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented the United States in the final round of six where Vinecki pulled out all stops to get into first place by competing a back lay-full-full as the only woman attempting a triple today’s competition; an effort that paid off as she earned her third individual win of the season completing by regaining well-earned yellow leader’s bib