L to R: Eric Loughran, Ashley Caldwell, Kiley McKinnon, Mac Bohonnon, Winter Vinecki and Chris Lillis were the top U.S. finishers at the aerials nationals held in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Thursday. (photo: USSA)

McKinnon and Bohonnon Crowned National Aerials Champs

Lake Placid, NY – After hosting the Putnam Investment Freestyle Cup last weekend, aerials action continued at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid on Thursday with the aerials U.S. Freestyle Aerials National Championships. Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon, both of Madison, Conn., led the U.S. team, both winning the national titles.

The U.S. team was joined by competitors from Russia, Canada, Great Britain, Kazakstan and Switzerland. Stanislav Nitkin and Liubov Nikitina, both from Russia, took the wins for the day. McKinnon and Bohonnon were the top U.S. finishers, each landing a second and third place, respectively. Bohonnon competed with a double full, full, full and finished with a score of 109.05. McKinnon competed with a full, double full and finished with a score of 81.42, earning her first national title.

“I’m really excited to have the title of national champion,” said McKinnon. “I’ve been second place the past few years, so it feels good to land my jumps and earn the title. It’s definitely given me a boost of confidence.”

Coming off of a second place finish at the World Cup last weekend, Bohonnon was carrying momentum coming into nationals. Changing conditions made it difficult to get the speeds just right, but he was able to lay down yet another set of solid jumps.

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L to R: Eric Loughran, Ashley Caldwell, Kiley McKinnon, Mac Bohonnon, Winter Vinecki and Chris Lillis were the top U.S. finishers at the aerials nationals held in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Thursday. (photo: USSA)
L to R: Eric Loughran, Ashley Caldwell, Kiley McKinnon, Mac Bohonnon, Winter Vinecki and Chris Lillis were the top U.S. finishers at the aerials nationals held in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Thursday. (photo: USSA)

“I was very pleased with the way I jumped today,” said Bohonnon. “Changing conditions made our speeds inconsistent, and I left a little bit on the table, but I was happy to land all my competition jumps and come away with the title.”

Ashley Caldwell of Ashburn, Va., the winner of last weekend’s World Cup on the women’s side, accomplished another impressive feat on the Lake Placid jump site. During the super final round, she became the first U.S. woman to complete a full, double full, full in competition. She is the second woman in the world to land the trick, and finished fifth overall.

“My coaches and I had been talking about me throwing it [the full, double full, full] for a while,” said Caldwell. “Today, the landing hill was soft, and I did a nice full, full, full earlier in the day. So, we decided to go for it. When I got up there to jump I was like ‘oh wow, this is going to happen.’ I was terrified – but it was awesome.”

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The U.S. aerials team will return home to Park City, Utah for training prior to the next World Cup, the Visa Freestyle International, at Deer Valley Resort in Park City Feb. 2-4.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
U.S. Freestyle Aerials National Championships
Lake Placid, NY – Jan. 19, 2017

Women

RANK NAME NATION FIS POINTS
 1 NIKITINA Liubov RUS  360.00
 2 MCKINNON Kiley USA  288.00
 3 LAVALLEE Catrine CAN  216.00
 4 ORLOVA Alexandra RUS  180.00
 5 CALDWELL Ashley USA  162.00
 6 SPIRIDONOVA Kristina RUS  144.00
 7 VINECKI Winter USA  129.60
 8 KALMURZAYEVA Akhmarzhan KAZ  115.20
 9 TELLES Kate USA  104.40
 10 GAUDETTE Elle USA  93.60

Men

RANK NAME NATION FIS POINTS
 1 NIKITIN Stanislav RUS  360.00
 2 BUROV Maxim RUS  288.00
 3 BOHONNON Mac USA  216.00
 4 ROCHON Olivier CAN  180.00
 5 LOUGHRAN Eric USA  162.00
 6 LILLIS Christopher USA  144.00
 7 IRVING Lewis CAN  129.60
 8 GASSER Mischa SUI  115.20
 9 GERRITS Travis CAN  104.40
 10 LILLIS Jonathon USA  93.60

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