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American Karenna Elliott breaks through for first aerials World Cup win

Karenna Elliott

PARK CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 03: Karenna Elliott of Team United States takes a training run prior to Women’s Aerials Qualifications on day two of the Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort on February 03, 2023 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Karenna Elliott won an aerials World Cup on Saturday in one of the biggest breakthroughs in U.S. freestyle skiing history.

Elliott, a 23-year-old part-time fly fishing guide from Cincinnati, landed her first back full-double full in competition to score 89.18 points in Lac-Beauport, Canada.

She prevailed over Australian Danielle Scott, the world’s top-ranked aerialist, and Canadian Marion Thénault.

Elliott’s best finish in 13 previous World Cup starts dating to 2019 was ninth. She learned how to ski at age 16 and has harbored ambitions of becoming a private pilot.

Then on Sunday, American Winter Vinecki won for the third time in five World Cups this season, retaking the overall standings lead from Scott.

Vinecki landed a back lay-full-full for 97.88 points as the only woman attempting a triple on the day.

She goes into the final World Cup in Kazakhstan on March 10 bidding to become the first American man or woman to win a World Cup season aerials title since Ashley Caldwell in 2016.