Ashley Caldwell Qualifies Women’s Aerial Final

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16-year-old Ashley Caldwell (Hamilton, Va.) made it to the final round in the women’s aerials competition, to be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. PST. She’s along with Emily Cook (Belmont, Mass.), Lacy Schnoor (Draper, Utah) and — Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada who qualifies to the final round.

Caldwell slips in with a 162.34 but events turned positive to her as she made it to the last round. The competition is expected to be so steep for Caldwell. She needs to defeat Alla Tsuper of Belarus who led the semi-final round d with a 195.76, followed by three Chinese: Nina Li (192.10), Xinxin Guo (189.16) and Shuang Cheng (180.91). Take note that Caldwell is only 162.34, the only thing that captures everybody’s attention compare to her rivals is her being the youngest American on the US Team.

The so-young freestyle aerialist lived in Loudoun County — until her family moved to Charleston, S.C., two years ago. That was exactly the time U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association opens the door for her and was selected for its Elite Air Program in Lake Placid, N.Y., and finally brought her to the Olympics.Caldwell advises aerial dreamers to just keep doing small jumps, work up, add twists and add flips and eventually you’re doing a full-double-full on snow and going to the Olympic Games.


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