Emily Cook stands atop the podium at the final World Cup event of the season in Bukovel, Ukraine (Matt Saunders).
BUKOVEL, Ukraine (Feb. 23) – Veteran Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) took the third FIS World Cup victory of her career Saturday night in Bukovel. Her win capped a strong night for U.S. Ski Team with four women in the top nine – all matching or exceeding career bests – and Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) taking second in the men’s behind Australia’s David Morris. Cook’s win in the season finale boosted her into second in the season long World Cup aerials standings. The team will return to its training center in Park City, Utah to prepare for the upcoming FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Norway March 5-10.
Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) took the top spot in the season finale FIS World Cup aerials event in Bukovel
Cook capped the evening with a full, double full in finals, earning her the top score of 83.89
Cook's two previous wins came in Moscow, the last in 2011
Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) took the top spot for the U.S. men in second, his top result of the season
Ferguson threw a full, double full, full in finals earning him a 105.31
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) earned a career best fourth while teammate Allison Lee (Manchester, CT) earned a career best fifth place
It was the first time for a World Cup in Bukovel, replacing an event originally scheduled in Kiev
Coaches reported it was one of the best sites of the season and a good site for pre World Championships preparation
The aerials team will head back to the states for some training time before the World Championship Team heads to Voss, Norway Mar. 5-10
QUOTES Emily Cook I am so happy right now. Tonight's World Cup was an incredible competition. I'm so proud to be on to of the podium but it makes me even more proud to have so many of my teammates surrounding me with incredible results. We have a really young team but the results they are posting are pretty spectacular.
Dylan Ferguson Today was just awesome! I couldn't be more satisfied to be on the podium for the last World Cup of the season. The entire team competed so well and I'm so proud of Emily. Bukovel has been such a great venue for us and everyone worked so hard to make this event run smoothly. This puts me in a really confident position moving forward to World Championships in Norway.