MINSK, Belarus — Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon gave the United States its first ever World Cup title double in aerials skiing on March 1.
McKinnon becomes the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup since Nikki Stone in 1998, while Bohonnon is the first American men’s winner since Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson in 2005.
“It’s kind of hard to describe what just happened,” McKinnon said. “It’s been so long since a U.S. woman has gotten this globe. It just makes me feel so honored to represent the U.S.”
McKinnon secured her title with second place at the final round in Minsk, Belarus, as fellow American Ashley Caldwell took the event win, scoring 99.63 points with a back full-full-full. Russia’s Veronika Korsunova was third.
Bohonnon also finished his season with second place as Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko won the Minsk round with a 122.62-point score. Denis Osipau of Belarus was third.
“To win a globe is a dream come true,” Bohonnon said. “I’ve been thinking about it for a really long time. And to do it 10 years after ‘Speedy’ did it feels really special.”
Both McKinnon and Bohonnon were helped in their title push when top Chinese skiers opted to skip the final two World Cup rounds.