Belmont’s Emily Cook, competing in the women’s aerial freestyle skiing final, took a spill in the second round of the competition Friday, ending her quest for an Olympic medal.
Despite the disappointment, Cook's eighth place mark was still her best finish in her illustrious 15-year career.
The six-time US champion, who has competed in two prior Olympics, was ranked second in the world cup aerial skiing standings coming into the Sochi Olympics, but the 34-year-old has never medaled. She finished 11th overall in aerials in 2010 and 19th overall in 2006.
Cook scored an 82.27 on her first jump to advance to the second round of the event, sitting in fifth place before attempting the full-double full jump again in the second round. But she was unable to stick her landing on the second jump, scoring a 64.50 that would have require quite a bit of help for her to advance to the third and final round.