World Cup Aerials 2009
Wow! The aerials action under the lights at Deer Valley Resort last night was unbelievably exciting. It was a perfect night for aerials competition - clear, cool and no wind. The crescent moon hung sideways right over the kickers, so as the athletes came off them, twisting, spinning and twirling, they looked like they were going to touch the moon. An enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 showed up to take it all in. Every one of the athletes interviewed thanked the crowd for their support - it truly means a lot to them, so keep it up, Park City!
Our own Park City local (and Park City Magazine blogger) Emily Cook took third place - her second podium placement of the year so far on the World Cup circuit. Congratulations, Emily! On the men's side, Parkite Jeret "Speedy" Peterson nailed two incredible jumps and was all smiles, telling the crowd that he hadn't landed anything all week, so he was quite relieved! He had a great shot at a podium position until the very last jumper pushed him down to fourth place instead of third. We're still proud of you, Speedy! Your jumps were spectacular. Luckily, another American and part time Park City local Ryan St. Onge took first place, with his family here to watch. Yahooo! Ryan appeared in our magazine a few winters ago as a model for après-ski clothes. Thanks again, Ryan.
- Excerpted from the blog FLYING HIGH AT DEER VALLEY AND PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT by Kristen Gould Case. Photos are courtesy of Don Cook whose daughter Emily competed in this event (and who also submits periodic blog entries about her experiences along the International Aerials competition circuit). Go to our Blog page to read more. Click on the photos to see enlarged views.