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Aerialist Cook reaches finals

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 20, 2010 09:03 PM

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Belmont's Emily Cook was among three US ski team aerialists to qualify for Wednesday's finals.

Cook, a three-time Olympian who is in the finals for the first time, qualified fifth with a score of 180.25.

She did so despite a taking on lighter training load leading up to the games while she recovered from a bruised heel.

"Every day's a new day," said Cook according to the US Ski Team website "I haven't trained much in the last six weeks, so I was really just relying on all my training from all of the years past. I'm very, very thankful to have put down two solid jumps."

She said she plans to be more aggressive with her jumps in Wednesday's finals.

"I'm going to up my degree of difficulty," Cook said, according to the website. "I downgraded a little bit today, just because of the amount of training time I had."

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