The United States rounded off a successful Aerials World Cup season as Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon walked away from Minsk today with the overall crystal globes.
A second place finish in the ladies' event in the Belarus capital was enough for McKinnon to secure the title, while her compatriot Ashley Caldwell topped the podium with a score of 99.63 points.
"We only jumped one day here before the contest day today, and I hadn't done any triples at all, so I was kind of nervous," said Caldwell.
"I went up and the first jump I did was nasty.
"But then the rest of the day I was just ripping into jumps and going big."
The win also saw Caldwell overtake Australian Danielle Scott to finish second in the Aerials World Cup rankings.
McKinnon, meanwhile, scored 85.30 points for her fifth podium of the season.
"It's kind of hard to describe what just happened," she said.
"It's been so long since a US woman has gotten this globe.
"It just makes me feel so honoured to represent the US."
Third place on the day went to Veronika Korsunova of Russia, with a score of 80.04.
As with McKinnon, a second place finish was enough today for Bohonnon to take the overall crown in the men's competition.
"To win a globe is a dream come true," he said.
"I've been thinking about it for a really long time.
"And to do it 10 years after Speedy [the late Jeret Peterson - the last US man to win the aerials globe] did it feels really special.
"He was a huge influence on me and motivated me to get in to the sport of aerials."
China's Qi Guangpu and Zhou Hang finished second and third in the Aerials World Cup rankings.
Today's winner was Ukrainian Oleksandr Abramenko, who scored 122.62 points, while home athlete Denis Osipau placed third.
Elsewhere, American Alex Bowen was awarded the men's trophy for rookie of the year, and the entire US team received the aerials Nations Cup trophy for their overall performance.
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