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December 7, 2013

Putting the air in the Olympics

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

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“I feel a lot more prepared,” Ferguson said. “I feel like I’m at the top of my game. I’d like to think I was in the running for a podium finish in 2010, but that’s probably not how it was going to go. I hadn’t had great results with the tricks I was doing. I was definitely not in my prime back then. I was the second guy chosen, but I felt there were three guys who could have been selected ahead of me.”

Based on the degree of difficulty of his program, Ferguson is a near lock to make the Olympic team as long as he lands his three jumps at two or three of the five qualifiers. He is in a small group of six to 10 aerial skiers in the world who have three different jumps capable of earning high enough scores to secure a spot on the podium in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic Games.

“There’s a lot of guys that could be on the podium,” Ferguson said. “You have to have three really good tricks. A lot of guys have two. That’s great when you’re trying to make it through the first two rounds, but if you don’t have that third trick, it’s hard to beat the guys on the podium. The strategy is interesting to see who makes it to the final round and what trick they saved.”

The Dylan Ferguson Show Name: Dylan Ferguson Age: 25 Sport: Freestyle Skiing Birthplace: Amesbury Residence: Park City, Utah Standing: No. 1 ranked men's aerial skier in the United States What's next: Olympic qualifiers starting next weekend in China

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