Alex Bowen compete in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships last Thursday in Kreischberg, Austria, taking a silver medal. (photo: Getty Images-Lars Baron/courtesy USST)

U.S. Earns Two Silvers in World Champs Aerials

Kreischberg, Austria – The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team had an unbelievable day at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Kreischberg last week, with both Kiley McKinnon, of Madison, Conn., and Alex Bowen, of Springville, N.Y., taking home silver medals in aerials.

It was the first aerials medals for the USA since 2009 and first women’s since 1999. Ashley Caldwell, who landed atop the World Cup podium earlier this month at Deer Valley, finished fourth.

Alex Bowen compete in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships last Thursday in Kreischberg, Austria, taking a silver medal. (photo: Getty Images-Lars Baron/courtesy USST)
Alex Bowen compete in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships last Thursday in Kreischberg, Austria, taking a silver medal. (photo: Getty Images-Lars Baron/courtesy USST)

McKinnon was fresh off her second place result at the Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley. This was the first World Championships medal for the U.S. women since Nikki Stone’s bronze in 1999. McKinnon finished behind Austrian Laura Peel, while Mengtao Xu from China took third.

Alex Bowen, who had his highest result in a World Cup in Deer Valley—sixth place—had never broken into the top five at a World Cup before this event. Guangpu Qi of China took first place and Maxim Gustik was third.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships
Kreischberg, Austria
Jan. 15, 2015

Men’s Aerials

RK
BIB
NAME
NAT
DD BEST
1 1 Guangpu Qi CHN 5.000 139.50
2 14 Alex Bowen USA 4.525 121.27
3 7 Maxim Gustik BLR 4.525 119.91
4 3 Hang Zhou CHN 4.525 115.84
5 5 Ilya Burov RUS 4.525 106.79
6 12 Zongyang Jia CHN 4.525 90.50

 

Women’s Aerials

RK
BIB
NAME
NAT
 DD BEST
1 11 Laura Peel AUS 3.525 88.47
2 2 Kiley Mckinnon USA 3.525 88.12
3 1 Mengtao Xu CHN 4.175 86.84
4 5 Ashley Caldwell USA 4.050 79.78
5 4 Danielle Scott AUS 3.525 70.14
6 9 Hanna Huskova BLR 3.525 69.09

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