North Americans dominate rain-soaked aerials event at UOP

Canadian Olympic Bronze Medalist Marion Thénault attempts a jump at the FIS Freestyle Ski Summer Grand Prix Saturday afternoon. Thénault topped the women’s division at the event, which was partially overshadowed by poor weather. Photo by Ryan Odeja/Courtesy of USSA
Photo by Ryan Odeja/Courtesy of USSA

North American skiers dominated what was a rain-soaked FIS Freestyle Ski Summer Grand Prix event over at Utah Olympic Park Saturday afternoon. Parkite and Olympic gold medalist Chris Lillis topped the men’s division, and Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Marion Thénault did the same in the women’s.

But storms only allowed for one of the event’s final rounds to complete action. For attendees, the competition was thrilling enough to make up for the shortcomings in the weather department.

Lillis continued his impressive run this series, which has him sitting in first place through two events, and Thénault wowed the local crowds, landing her Lay Double Full-Full jump attempt. The two went on to laud the series for providing what they called fantastic training and competition opportunities for high-level skiers.

Following her victory, Thénault said, “It’s really good training and I’m really glad I could be on the first step up the podium again.”

Chinese Olympian Jiaxu Sun attempts a jump Saturday at the UOP. Sun sits in 12th place in the Grand Prix series, which concludes with a third and final event Sept. 9 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Ryan Odeja/Courtesy of USSA
Photo by Ryan Odeja/Courtesy of USSA

The series next moves across the globe on Sept. 9 with a third and final event at Brisbane’s Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Center. Unfortunately for those looking to cheer on Team USA from afar, Lillis and the rest of the squad won’t be making the trip overseas. 

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