Career-Best for Dehlinger in Aerials World Cup Opener
Quinn Dehlinger led the Americans with a career-best eighth place result in the Aerials FIS World Cup Opener in Ruka, Finland, Friday.
“The whole day was going fantastic,” Dehlinger said. “I was jumping really consistently, putting down all of my jumps. It all fell into place there at the end to put me into that result.”
This is Dehlinger’s second season competing on the triple. It’s a years’-long process to work up to the highest degree of difficulty jumps to be competitive to make the super final round. “[The process] is going just about as well as I can hope for. My goals for this season are to make as many finals as possible and to do Full double-Full Full Full, which looks like it will happen very soon.”
“Quinn competed very well. His final jump was beautiful,” said Head Aerial Coach Vladimir (Vlad) Lebedev.
Cold temperatures, wind and snow made for tricky training and competition conditions all week. Athletes had to manage the elements while still getting their jumping legs under them. “A big part of that is trusting your coach with the speed and making sure you hit a great takeoff,” explained Dehlinger.
Three Americans qualified for finals in Friday’s event, including Dehlinger. Eric Loughran and Kaila Kuhn both finished ninth.
On the men’s side Russia’s Maxim Burov won and Switzerland’s Pirmin Wener and Noe Roth finished second and third, respectively. China’s Fanyu Kong won for the women, Kazakhstan’s Zhanbota and China’s Qi Shao tied for second.
Justin Schoenefeld finished 27th and Derek Kruger 31st. Karenna Elliott finished 15th, Tasia Tanner 21st, Ashley Caldwell 27th, Winter Vinecki 28th, Megan Nick 32nd, and Dani Loeb 37th.
Competition continues Friday with a one-jump World Cup followed by the first Team event of the season.
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Friday, Dec. 03, 2021
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