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Cook Leads USA in Aerial Finale
DAVOS, Switzerland (March 7) - The U.S. Ski Team's Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) came back from her first career win last weekend in Moscow to finish fourth in a World Cup aerial event in Davos. Scotty Bahrke (Park City, UT) was sixth with a career best score in the FIS Freestyle World Cup aerial finale. Thousands were on hand for the night event in the popular resort of Davos in eastern Switzerland.
Canada's Steve Omischl, who had clinched the title in Moscow last Saturday night, won his sixth event of the season. Evelyne Leu of Switzerland took the win in her home country as World Cup champion Jacqui Cooper of Australia failed to make finals.
"Cooker was just a little stiff on her landing on the second jump," said Aerials Head Coach Matt Christensen. Cook went with a full-double full on her first jump (two flips, three twists) and lowered her degree of difficulty on the second jump to a full-full (two flips, two twists).
Teammate Jaime Myers (Boise, ID) hit a "massive lay-full" on her second jump to move up from tenth to seventh.
Bahrke failed to match his career best fifth place, but the 2007 World Cup Rookie of the Year did set a new personal best score with 230.92.
The World Cup coaches voted U.S. Ski Team aerialist Allison Treleaven (Fort Wayne, IN) as Rookie of the Year. Treleaven, a first year World Cup skier, was top-10 in her first career World Cup in Lake Placid in January. She also won the NorAm Cup aerial title.
"This is a great honor for Allison," said Christensen. "She did a fabulous job in her rookie season."
Davos was the final stop on the World Cup aerial circuit. Moguls skiers are back in action Saturday in Are, Sweden with a dual moguls event, with ski cross action in Meiringen-Hasliberg, Switzerland. The World Cup wraps up next week with moguls and ski cross in Valmalenco, Italy.
2008 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
Davos, Switzerland - March 7, 2008
1. Steve Omischl, Canada, 253.96
2. Warren Shouldice, Canada, 250.75
3. Dmitri Dashinski, Belarus, 250.47
4. Andreas Isoz, Switzerland, 238.44
5. Renato Ulrich, Switzerland, 237.89
6. Scotty Bahrke, Park City, UT, 230.92
8. Ryan St. Onge, Winter Park, CO, 225.30
1. Evelyne Leu, Switzerland, 207.14
2. Lydia Lassila, Australia, 198.62
3. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 182.83
4. Emily Cook, Belmont, MA, 161.41
5. Olga Volkova, Ukraine, 160.52
7. Jaime Myers, Boise, ID, 143.83
8. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD, 142.91