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December 7, 2013

Putting the air in the Olympics

Amesbury native Ferguson is the top U.S. freestyle skier

AMESBURY -- Dylan Ferguson has waited four years for another crack at the Olympic Games.

The aerial skier from Amesbury will have that chance starting next Saturday night when the first of five qualifiers for the 2014 Olympic Games is held in Beida Lake, China. Ferguson, who earned a spot on the 2010 United States Olympic men’s freestyle ski team before withdrawing due to series of stomach infections in the leadup to the Games, will enter the World Cup season as the top-ranked men’s aerial skier in the nation.

“It’s been a rewarding four years,” Ferguson said. “It feels like yesterday that I missed out on Vancouver (British Columbia); it definitely went by fast. I had some awesome seasons in between Vancouver and now. I’ve had great results and grown as an athlete both physically and mentally.”

Ferguson has spent the last four years training in his new hometown of Park City, Utah, with the national freestyle ski team. Taking advantage of all the resources the United States national team offers, Ferguson has climbed to top of the sport. He currently ranks fourth in the world among men’s aerial skiers, and has earned multiple trips to the podium at World Cup events.

“I feel awesome right now; my training’s going great,” Ferguson said. “I spent the entire summer training in Park City on water ramps, getting strong in the gym. I work with a sports psychologist to get mentally ready.”

Unlike in 2010 when Ferguson would occasionally break into the top 10 at international competitions, he is now one of the most consistent top finishers in World Cup events. He has been ranked No. 1 among American men for the last three years. Yesterday, he was named as the top men’s aerial skier on the 2014 United States national team.

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