Mac Bohonnon fifth in Olympic debut
February 19, 2014
USSA News Bureau
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 17) Mac Bohonnon, 18, (Madison, Conn.) pulled out an impressive fifth-place finish Monday during his first-ever Olympic appearance at the men’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games.
The USSA Team Academy student landed a full double full full, but did not advance to the four-man superfinal, where Anton Kushnir of Belarus earned gold.
"If you had told me in October that I would be at the Olympics I would have had a hard time believing you," Bohonnon said. "And then if you told me I would get fifth I definitely wouldn’t have believed you."
Bohonnon was in fourth until Guangpu Qi of China landed an impressive jump and prevented him from advancing to the four-man superfinal.
Guangpu finished fourth in the superfinal, with Australia’s David Morris winning silver and China’s Zongyang Jia taking bronze.
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Despite not advancing to the superfinal, Bohonnon was thrilled with his experience in Sochi.
"I was able to prove to myself that on the Olympic stage, with the most pressure, I can stay in my routine and not get too worked up," he said. "I’ve trained for this for six years and it’s an unbelievable feeling to see it pay off especially since the field here is insanely competitive."
The event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.