On the second day of competition in Lac-Beauport, Québec, 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. Despite the weather challenges, the team put on a show in the qualification round, advancing five women and two men into the finals.
Vinecki was looking to regain her yellow bib as she qualified in second position after missing out on yesterday’s finals. She almost lost her balance on her landing but managed to score 76.05 points, putting her in sixth place and advancing into super finals. Chris Lillis fell hard in finals and landed on the knoll but skied away unharmed. Megan Smallhouse finished just outside super finals in eighth place while Tasia Tanner finished in tenth and Kyra Dossa in eleventh. It was a close fight for men with Connor Curran narrowly missing super finals and finishing seventh while Lillis finished twelfth.
In super finals, Kaila Kuhn toned down her difficulty while Vinecki pulled out all the stops to get in the top spot 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, completed by regaining her well-earned yellow leader’s bib. Kuhn sat in podium position until Danielle Scott bumped her into fourth place at