I grew up in Utah and started skiing when I was 3 years old. Eventually, my hatred for frozen toes surpassed my desire to hit the slopes, but that didn’t mean I lost my love of watching others speed down the mountain in winter events. I think anyone who sticks with this sport is talented, though I’m particularly fascinated by aerialists.

Anastasiya Novosad (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
Anastasiya Novosad, Ukraine, competes in the women’s aerials at Deer Valley, Park City on January 8th.
(Emily Crooks/The Signpost)

When the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup came to Utah last week, I didn’t miss it. The events were held at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.

Both the men’s and the women’s aerials were impressive; personal records were made and wipeouts were shrugged off.

In the finals, USA’s Mac Bohonnon placed second in the men’s aerials while Guangpu Qi, representing China, placed first with a record score. In the women’s aerials, USA’s Ashley Caldwell and Kiley McKinnon placed first and second, respectively.

Michael Rossi (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
Michael Rossi, USA, competes in the men’s aerials at Deer Valley, Park City on Thursday January 8th.
(Emily Crooks/The Signpost)

I hope other college students in Utah realize how special this state is. The amazing mountains are just minutes away, with great ski resorts, which provide the unique opportunity of observing athletes train or participate in competitions.

Ashley Caldwell (first place) (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
Ashley Caldwell, USA, takes first for women’s aerials at Deer Valley, Park City on January 8th.
(Emily Crooks/The Signpost)

 

Guangpu Qi (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
Guangpu Qi, China, takes first for men’s aerials at Deer Valley, Park City on January 8th.
(Emily Crooks/The Signpost)
Guangpu Qi (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
Guangpu Qi, China, takes first for men’s aerials at Deer Valley, Park City on January 8th.
(Emily Crooks/The Signpost)

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s aerials top scores:

1. Guangpu Qi, China, 138.50

2. Mac Bohonnon, USA, 128.51

3. Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukraine, 128.51

 

Women’s aerials top scores:

1. Ashley Caldwell, USA, 99.78

2. Kiley McKinnon, USA, 95.52

3. Xiaoxue Shen, China, 83.54

(From left to right) Oleksandr Abramenko (third place), Guangpu Qi (first place), and Mac Bohonnon (second place) win the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley. (Emily Steckbauer/The Signpost)
(From left to right) Oleksandr Abramenko, Guangpu Qi, and Mac Bohonnon win the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley, Park City, for men’s aerials. (Emily Crooks/The Signpost)
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