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WATCH LIVE: Women’s aerials qualifying features Emily Cook

USOC Media Summit

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 29: Freestyle skier Emily Cook poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on September 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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China has been a dominant nation in aerials on many levels, yet they haven’t won women’s gold in the event yet. That could change in 2014, especially with the finals’ knockout format. Before that happens, the qualifying round must take place, though.

Women’s aerials qualifying: 8:45 a.m. ETCLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Women’s aerials final: 12:30 p.m. ETCLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

China features world champion Xu Mengtao and two-time silver medalist Li Nina, though other competitors (including Cheng Shuang and Zhang Xin) could be a threat for the podium, too.

Australia’s Lydia Lassila is the defending gold medalist, though she took some time off after giving birth to her son in 2011. She leads a pretty impressive group of Australian aerialists.

Veronika Korsunova represents Russia’s best chances while Emily Cook (pictured) and Ashley Caldwell have the best chances to win a medal for the U.S. Cook, 34, is the veteran while Caldwell, 20, represents the future (and maybe present?) of the United States program.

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