Olsen Lands Sixth at Olympic Winter Games
Madison Olsen (Park City, Utah) punched her ticket to the medal round in women’s aerials on Friday night. After advancing through the first and second round of finals with two lower degree of difficulty jumps, Olsen went for broke and attempted a full, double full for the first time on snow. She missed the landing, but finished an impressive sixth in her first Olympics.
“That was my first time doing that jump on snow, so I was definitely really nervous,” said Olsen. “But, I figured, why not do it in the super final at the Olympics? I could have hit a little bit of a better take off. I got into my twist and when I came out to land, I was just a bit under rotated. I’ll get it next time! I was really just enjoying the moment. The adrenaline was just pumping through my body and I was just super excited to be out there jumping and having a good time. Each round I was just so excited to make it through and see what I could do.”
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, Conn.) competed a well-executed full, full in the first round of finals, but went deep on her landing and missed making the second round of finals by one place. She finished 10th.
“I was actually really happy with my jump. In the air it was really good, it was just the landing that got me. I knew as soon as I landed that I probably wasn’t going to get the score that I wanted but, overall, I was happy. I didn’t finish the way that I wanted, but just to be here and be able to say that I’m an Olympian and that I compete on this stage is amazing.”
Belarusian Hanna Huskova took home the gold, landing a lay, full, full for a score of 96.14. Countrywomen Xin Shang and Fanyu Kong took home silver and bronze for China.
Aerials action continues Saturday February 17 and Sunday, February 18 with men’s qualifications and finals.