Kiley McKinnon soars to a career best finish at the USANA Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY. (Sarah Ely, USSA)
LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 19) - In front of a packed house, Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) earned a career best World Cup finish and Nevin Brown (Streetsboro, OH) tied his career best result at the USANA Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid. McKinnon took 10th and Brown took seventh at the venue where their young careers started. China swept the top spots yet again Saturday with Yo Yang and Zongyang Jia atop the podium. The event will broadcast on NBC Sunday Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. ET
Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) earned a career best 10th place finish at the USANA Freestyle Cup
McKinnon landed a solid full, full (two flips and two twists) to advance her to the finals.
Nevin Brown (Streetsboro, OH) earned a career best 7th place finish
Brown threw a double full, full, full (four twists and three flips), one of the highest degree of difficulty jumps in the competition, to his feet.
McKinnon was the only U.S. woman to make it through the qualification round
Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) who took third on Friday ended the evening in 14th
Both McKinnon and Brown started their careers jumping at the water ramps in Lake Placid.
McKinnon was a part of the Elite Aerial Development Program (EADP) lead by Olympic Champion, Eric Bergoust.
QUOTES Kiley McKinnon I'm really happy with my tenth place finish today, it's my best result so far in a World Cup and this has been a really great way to gain experience. My first jump was a full full and it went really well. I haven't competed a lot of them so to land it on my feet felt really good. My second jump didn't go as well as I had wanted but overall I'm extremely satisfied with a career best in Lake Placid. This gives me a great benchmark for the rest of the season.
It's an unbelievable experience to be able to compete at the place that I started my aerials career. I lived here for a year when I was younger so it really feels like home to me. To have my first coaches here cheering me on made this a really great day.
Nevin Brown I haven't had the results that i've wanted so far this season. China didn't go well at all, and even though training went well last week, I couldn't pull it together for competition. This week it seemed like it all fell into place. My coaches and I made the last minute decision to change to a double full, full, full tonight and it turned out to be a great decision. I tied my career best score of a 117 and I couldn't be happier. I love Lake Placid, I've trained their all my life and it's a really great place to be able to show some good results.
Todd Ossian, Aerial head coach Both tricks McKinnon and Brown competed tonight were new tricks for them this season and it's a great feeling for them to have achieved success. This event feels like home to them and it's a great benchmark for them looking ahead for the rest of the season. This puts them in a great position to be competitive the rest of the season. I expect that we will see both of them in a lot more finals in the upcoming events. We have the depth on our team to be able to be present in every single final and super final event.
Broadcast Schedule Sun. Jan 20, NBC, 3 p.m. Sun. Jan 20, NBC Sports Network, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan 27, NBC Sports Network, 2 p.m.
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