Ashley Cadwell takes a training jump before the start of the Mixed Team Aerial Finals at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships on Feb. 07, 2019 in Park City, Utah.
Another day, another podium for aerial skier Ashley Caldwell on Shimao Lotus Mountain in China.
The 25-year-old gymnast turned aerial skier known for her daredevilish triple flipping jumps added a second-place finish to her third-place result from Saturday’s competition at a two-in-one FIS World Cup weekend in freestyle skiing, capping off a season in which she made a successful return from shoulder surgery.
After finishing third behind Austalian Olympian Laura Peel and China’s Xu Sicun Saturday, Caldwell, a three-time U.S. Olympian, improved both her run and her standing Sunday, scoring 93.41 points to vault ahead of Xu.
Another Xu, Xu Mengtao, the silver medalist in aerials from the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, topped the podium, displaying a near perfect back double full full — two flips and three twists before landing — for 101.16 points out a possible 105.75.
China dominated the aerials events at Shimao, with world silver medalist Sun Jiaxu taking his second gold in as many days Sunday for a terrific full double full full — three flips and four twists — which scored 123.90 out of a possible 132.75, ahead of Switzerland’s Noe Roth and Belarusian veteran Anton Kushnir.
Caldwell wasn’t the only successful American jumper Sunday. Four other Team USA aerialists — Madison Varmette (four), Morgan Northrop (six), Megan Nick (seven) and Kaila Kuhn (eight) all finished in the top 10.
Nicholas Novak (six), Eric Loughran (nine) and Justin Schoenefeld (10) all finished among the top-10 in Sunday's men's competion. Loughran, a 2018 Olympian, notched the first podium finish of his career on Saturday when he finished third.