The USANA Lake Placid Freestyle Cup will take place this Thursday through Saturday, January 17-19 on the 1980 Olympic slopes of Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain bringing freestyle skiing stars in moguls and aerials together for the first time this season.
The USANA Cup will mark Olympic champion Hannah Kearney's (Norwich, VT) return to competition after a training crash took her off the slopes in October. "I spend my summers at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, so the town feels like a second home to me," said Kearney. "I am especially excited to compete at Whiteface this year because it is my first event of the season and I couldn't think of a better place to rejoin the World Cup circuit."
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) will be looking to continue her winning streak after sweeping the first two international competitions. Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) and Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) will lead a team of young aerials athletes against fierce international competition.
Thursday's mogul competition will be broadcast live on the USSA Network from 1:45-3:15 p.m. EST with aerials streaming Friday from 8:15-9:10 p.m. EST. The event will be televised by NBC on Jan. 20 at 3:00 p.m. EST along with additional coverage on NBC Sports Network on Jan 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Lake Placid is the first of two World Cups stops in the U.S. with the Park City, UT, Jan 31- Feb 2 Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort and the VISA U.S. GrandPrix Freeskiing Halfpipe Competition at Park City Mountain Resort.
Also coming to Park City later in the season at Canyons Resort is one of my favorites - the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix, February 25 - March 2, 2013 the world's best male and female Skicross (SX) and Snowboardcross (SBX) riders race head-to-head top to bottom!
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