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Megan Nick notches first U.S. women’s aerials World Cup win in 3 years

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Deer Valley - Day 2

PARK CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 07: Megan Nick of the United States competes during Woman’s Aerials at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley on February 07, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Megan Nick ended a three-year victory drought for the U.S. women’s aerials program, winning her first World Cup event in negative-10-degree weather Yaroslavl, Russia, on Sunday.

Nick, 24, landed a full double full for the first time in competition to beat a field that included the last two Olympic champions -- Belarusians Alla Tsuper and Hanna Huskova -- and the reigning World Cup season champion Laura Peel of Australia.

“My goal this season was to bring the double-out to snow and compete it,” Nick said, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “Vlad [U.S. head coach Vladimir Lebedev] and I have been working on getting higher quality DD [degree of difficulty] jumps.”

The last U.S. woman to win an aerials World Cup was Kiley McKinnon in January 2018.

Nick previously finished second in a pair of World Cups last season.

She was joined on the podium Sunday by 17-year-old countrywoman Kaila Kuhn, whose third place was her best-career World Cup finish.

Three-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell and Megan Smallhouse were fifth and sixth for the U.S. team. Caldwell finished second in a World Cup in Yaroslavl on Saturday.

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