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April 6, 2013

Ferguson's three-peat in Heavenly

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Ferguson didn’t climb his first podium at an International event until 2012. Those moments have come more frequent since. For instance, he placed second at this year’s Ukraine World Cup.

“My season on the World Cup tour was alright,” Ferguson said. “I finished fourth, same as last year. I was hoping to be in the top three. I needed one more podium, and it didn’t happen. The tour was a little smaller than the last couple of years. There weren’t too many events, but I had a pretty good season.”

Next year’s World Cup tour will also serve as a qualifier for the 2014 Olympics in Socchi, Russia. In 2010, four Americans qualified for the Vancouver Games, so Ferguson would appear to be in great shape to attend his first Olympics next year.

“Nothing in the past will really matter,” Ferguson said. “I need to do well in those qualifiers to be on the U.S. team. I’m taking it day by day, making the best of every situation. I try to jump my best in every contest and training session. The next Olympics is obviously the big goal. I’ll just take it slow and not get too stressed out.”

The Sprint Nationals served as the last competition of the 2012-13 season for Ferguson. He will spend the spring in Park City, working out in the gym and practicing new jumps on trampolines.

“Come May and June, the water ramping starts again,” Ferguson said. “I’ll be doing new trick and perfecting everything I have at that moment in the season.”

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