On the second day of competition in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada, Winter Winecki led the Stifel US Freestyle Ski Team athletes with her third individual victory of the season.
The weather was moody on this day, with intermittent rain and persistent clouds prompting many athletes to adjust their typical game plans. The American team, however, put on a show in the qualifying round, advancing five women and two men to the finals. This group included Winter Winecki, who missed yesterday’s final but finished second today. Karena Elliott and Derek Kruger also finished outside the finals, placing 13th and 17th respectively.
Winecki was determined to regain the yellow jersey that she had lost in yesterday’s competition. She performed exceptionally well in the finals but nearly lost her balance on the landing. Despite this close call, Winecki earned a score of 76.05 and advanced to the super final. Chris Lillis took a hard fall in the final but skied away unharmed just outside of contention for the superfinal. Megan Smallhouse finished eighth while Tasia Tanner finished tenth and Kira Doss finished eleventh.
In an intense battle between men’s competitors, Connor Curran narrowly missed out on qualifying for the super final with his seventh-place finish, while Chris Lillis finished twelfth overall. However, Kaila Kuhn represented the United States in a thrilling finale where she pulled out all the stops to come out on top competing in a back lay-full-full as only woman attempted a triple during today’s competition. Her efforts paid off as she earned her third individual victory of