(photo: FIS)

Third for Bohonnon at Olympic Test Event

PyeongChang, South Korea – The world’s best aerials athletes put the 2018 Olympic site to the test on Friday, working through windy conditions to put on a show and demonstrate their sport 364 days ahead of opening ceremonies. Mac Bohonnon, of Madison, Conn., proudly led the U.S. Ski Team aerials squad, landing his second podium finish of the season with a third place.

(photo: FIS)
(photo: FIS)

Jumping on a new aerial site is an exciting opportunity, but with new sites you never know what conditions you’re going to encounter. The aerials teams battled with wind all week at the Bokwang Phoenix Park resort, resulting in shorter training sessions and difficulty determining speeds. Bohonnon, who jumped against a stacked field competing with difficult jumps, worked with his coaches to lay down three solid jumps.

“As always, our coaches absolutely crushed it,” stated Bohonnon. “I can’t thank them enough for getting the speeds right. With how deep the field is out here, you need to put down good jumps all day long. If you make one mistake, you probably aren’t going to make it in to the next round. To come out here and land all three of my jumps well is a challenge in itself, and to land on the podium feels awesome.”

Bohonnon’s super final jump was a double full, full, full, earning him a score of 116.74. Belarusian Anton Kushnir, the defending Olympic gold medalist, landed his third win of the season with a full, double full, full and a score of 119.47. China’s Qi Guangpu was second with a score of 118.55. Brother’s Chris and Jon Lillis, of Rochester, N.Y., were the other top Americans, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.

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On the women’s side, the strong Chinese team swept the podium. Mengtao Xu took the win, with her teammates Shen Xiaoxue and Yang Ya in second and third. Kiley McKinnon, of Madison, Conn., was the top U.S. women’s finisher, landing seventh. She competed a full, full for a score of 83.47

“We didn’t have great training leading into the competition day, so being able to put down my two competition jumps is a big positive for me,” said McKinnon “I would have liked to do better, but I’m happy with how I performed and ready to move on to the next World Cup.”

With strong jumpers on both the men’s and women’s teams, some of the U.S. aerialists who competed in the test event will return to jump on the Phoenix Park air site next year for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. And while the environment will most certainly be a little different, it was beneficial for the athletes to get a taste of the new site.

“It’s always interesting jumping at a new air site,” said McKinnon. “To be able to come to the Olympic test event and see what PyeongChang is all about see that they’re able to put on an awesome event is great, and I hope to be back here again next year.”

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The FIS Freestyle World Cup and Olympic test event continues Saturday with men’s and women’s moguls.

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup
PyeongChang, South Korea – Feb. 10, 2017

Men’s Aerials

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 KUSHNIR Anton BLR  119.47  1000.00  100.00
 2 QI Guangpu CHN  118.55  800.00  80.00
 3 BOHONNON Mac USA  116.74  600.00  60.00
 4 LIU Zhongqing CHN  116.37  500.00  50.00
 5 ZHOU Hang CHN  109.50  450.00  45.00
 6 JIA Zongyang CHN  90.95  400.00  40.00
 7 ISLER Dimitri SUI  94.12  360.00  36.00
 8 LILLIS Christopher USA  92.92  320.00  32.00
 9 LILLIS Jonathon USA  85.45  290.00  29.00
 10 BUROV Maxim RUS  85.40  260.00  26.00

Women’s Aerials

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 XU Mengtao CHN  96.93  1000.00  100.00
 2 SHEN Xiaoxue CHN  72.26  800.00  80.00
 3 YANG Yu CHN  70.72  600.00  60.00
 4 RAMANOUSKAYA Aliaksandra BLR  53.36  500.00  50.00
 5 PEEL Laura AUS  52.52  450.00  45.00
 6 SCOTT Danielle AUS  52.17  400.00  40.00
 7 MCKINNON Kiley USA  83.47  360.00  36.00
 8 ZHANG Xin CHN  83.47  320.00  32.00
 9 ALDABERGENOVA Zhanbota KAZ  69.61  290.00  29.00
 10 POLYUK Olga UKR  55.44  260.00  26.00

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