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January 15, 2014

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One Olympic qualifier left for Ferguson

Amesbury native Dylan Ferguson competed in the fourth of five Olympic qualifiers for the United States Olympic freestyle ski team yesterday, although he did not post a performance that will help in his quest to earn a spot on the Olympic team. Ferguson placed 17th overall and third among Americans at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec City.

Ferguson will compete in the final Olympic qualifier this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the USANA Freestyle Cup. After that event, the United States Ski Team will be selected for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Ferguson’s 17th-place finish yesterday is actually his lowest finish in any of the four Olympic qualifiers. He has been the most consistent U.S. participant in the aerials, placing in the top three among Americans in all four qualifiers. However, as was the case yesterday, other Americans have had higher finishes than Ferguson’s top result — a fifth-place finish in the second qualifier in Beijing, China, in December. United States freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon placed second yesterday. Teammate Jonathon Lillis, who placed fourth in the third qualifier, also bested Ferguson yesterday with a 13th-place finish.

Despite the strong recent finishes from Bohonnon and Lillis, Ferguson figures to be the first American chosen for the United States Olympic team. He has fourth- and seventh-place finishes to his record, and he has been the top-ranked American aerials skier for the last three years.

Lago has another chance

Good news for Seabrook snowboarder Scotty Lago: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association confirmed yesterday the addition of new Olympic snowboarding qualifiers to replace the canceled events from last weekend in Breckenridge, Colo. Lago failed to qualify for the finals of the qualifier in Breckenridge, before the event was canceled due to heavy snowfall. That entire performance will be expunged from his record, and he’ll now have three more chances to secure a spot on the Olympic team for the second Games in a row.

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