Winter Vinecki, a member of the Stifel U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, took home her third individual win of the season on the second day of competition in Lac-Beauport, Quebec. The competition was marked by intermittent rain and persistent clouds, which led many athletes to adjust their typical game plans.
Despite missing out on yesterday’s finals, Vinecki qualified for the finals on the second position today. She was determined to regain the yellow bib that signifies the overall World Cup leader. In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but managed to secure her sixth place with a score of 76.05 just enough to advance into super finals. Meanwhile, Chris Lillis fell hard in finals but skied away unharmed and finished 12th while Megan Smallhouse finished eighth and Tasia Tanner finished 10th. It was a close fight for men with Connor Curran narrowly missing super finals finishing in seventh place while Lillis finished 12th.
In the final round, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented the United States as they faced off against each other for the top spot. Vinecki pulled out all the stops and performed a back lay-full-full as the only woman attempting a triple in today’s competition, earning her third individual win and fourth overall win of the season while also regaining her yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in her back lay-full performance which earned him third place podium finish until current world cup leader Danielle Scott bumped him into fourth place at last minute.
The team is now taking a well-deserved rest before heading into training period before they travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan for their final World Cup of the season on March 10th