Youngster Mike Rossi might be a rookie, but he's turning heads with his stellar results. A third-place finish at Deer Valley last season proved that Rossi is a force on the Aerials Team. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freestyle Team)
Mac Bohonnon was named the FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year at the final World Cup aerials event of the season Saturday at snowy Lake Placid.
Jonathan Lillis landed a career best fourth Friday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley, where Anton Kushnir of Belarus took the win for the men and Cheng Shuang led a Chinese sweep for the women.
Olympian Ashley Caldwell took second at the aerials World Cup opener on Sunday, her first competition in over two years.
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New Jersey teen Mike Rossi stunned the crowd with a career first podium in the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
Cook, Ferguson in Ninth
Dylan Ferguson and Emily Cook led the U.S. Ski Team with fifths in the aerials season opener in China.
Olympians Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) will lead the U.S. Freestyle Aerials team into the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Cup opener Jan. 5 in Changchun, China.
The U.S. Freestyle Team utilized one of their final water camps before the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Cup season to engage high tech data collection with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Sports Science staff.
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At just 19 years old, New Jersey’s Mike Rossi has an impressive résumé of NorAm success. He had seven top-10 NorAm results (including two podiums) under his belt coming into the 2011 season. Rossi then found a new gear and captured the 2011 overall title with his first two wins and three other podiums. He proved he could hang with the World Cup crowd by winning a bronze medal at U.S. Championships.
The 2012 season brought Rossi yet another opportunity to expand on his portfolio. He started by raking in six NorAm podiums, including two wins, and then by taking the silver medal at the U.S. National Championships.
However, the 2013 season was definitely Rossi's breakout year. The highlight came at beloved Deer Valley, where he landed a third-place finish, the first World Cup podium of his young career. Rossi finished the season with five top-15 results to catapult him from the C-team to the B-team.
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