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Shelley Osterloh ReportingWeather conditions were tricky, but 26 women from across the country competed for the title of U.S. champion of Freesytle Aerials today. A Salt Lake woman took the title.
One minute it was clear, the next blowing sticky wet snow, but it didn’t stop the US Freestyle Aerials Championships at the Utah Olympic Park. The young woman with the highest points from two combined jumps was 19-year old Lacy Schnoor. The Alta High graduate has been sidelined with injury, but it didn’t show.
Lacy Schnoor: "I had knee surgery, I was out for about two years and this is my first year back doing doubles for the first time. And I’m doing all right."
In second was Kate Reed, 5 feet tall and 105 pounds she flies high and lands well.
Kate Reed: “As far at the whole season, I am pretty happy with it. Wasn’t as consistent, but I was doing a new trick and it was higher degree of difficulty, so I was happy I got that out of the way. Can train them more this summer and be ready for next winter."
In third was Emily Cook. She sustained a bad ankle injury just before she was to compete in the 2002 games, but is back now for her first full season on the World Cup tour and doing great. While she was on the mend, Emily helped coach some younger jumpers, and today saw some of them compete with her.
Emily Cook: "That’s the best things about Nationals is we are out here with all the development athletes and they are jumping so well -- Chloe Dewalter landing doubles and Rachel Pack doing a double full. All of these girls are jumping so well and I feel very proud to have been a part of their training an coaching them; and now to be out there jumping with them is so much fun."