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 this, the U.S. team put on a show in the qualification round, advancing five women and two men into the finals.
In finals, Vinecki almost lost her balance on her landing but managed to advance into the super finals with a score of 76.05. Chris Lillis also advanced into super finals but fell hard and landed on his knoll, while Megan Smallhouse finished just outside of super finals in eighth place. It was a close fight for the men’s podium spots with Ashton Salwan finishing seventh and Ian Schoenwald finishing 31st.
In the final round, Kaila Kuhn and Winter Vinecki represented the United States. Here, 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 by regaining the well-earned yellow leader’s bib from Danielle Scott who bumped her into fourth place at the final competitor position. Kuhn toned down her difficulty in super finals but was technically perfect in her back lay-full while maintaining podium position until Scott bumped him out at third place due to technical perfection during his final run which made him more efficient than Kuhn despite being less difficult than usual for him