Five For Friday: Aerials Skiing

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 12, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Kiley Mckinnon competes in women's aerials at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships on March 10, 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

 

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Aerials skier Kiley McKinnon, an Olympic hopeful who is coming off a world cup win last week, returns to Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, this week to try and lock down a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.

The women’s and men’s aerials competition on Friday in the Visa Freestyle International is one of seven Olympic selection events. McKinnon, who has met qualification criteria with two podium finishes, began the Olympic selection period by placing second in Deer Valley in March 2017. She then earned her career-first world cup win on Jan. 6.

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The moguls competition was held Wednesday and Thursday. Jaelin Kauf, an Olympic qualifier, had a second-place finish Wednesday and a win Thursday. Morgan Schild was third both days and also earned her spot on the Olympic team.

Moving closer to clinching an Olympic berth in aerials is two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell, who had a third-place finish in China last month.

The final Olympic selection event for aerials is next week in Lake Placid, New York.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Network; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC

Webcast: 9:45 p.m. Friday, NBC Sports App

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.