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Skiers seem to defy gravity with freestyle aerials

PARK CITY, Utah - Their fate is literally up in the air, what happens in the three seconds from launch to landing is judged with a very close eye. Before a skier even lands U.S. Freestyle Head Coach Todd Ossian knows what happened.
PARK CITY, Utah - Their fate is literally up in the air, what happens in the three seconds from launch to landing is judged with a very close eye. Before a skier even lands U.S. Freestyle Head Coach Todd Ocean knows what happened.

There is nothing like the feeling of …landing a jump and you really have to take the nerve and really make them work to your advantage, said Ossian.

The native Minnesotan was a former aerial jumper himself and lead the Australian national team for 7 years before taking over the US Aerial squad in 2010.

“Whether it happens in training or whether it happens in a world cup or if it happens in an Olympics it’s very gratifying to see the athlete’s progress and to do a new trick and to do it perfectly,” said Ossian.

With a sport this demanding and dangerous the preparation is as much mental and emotional as it is physical.

“I would say it's at least 50/ 50. I mean there is so much technical preparation. We spend the summer on the water ramps we spend a lot of time on the trampolines. But for me I spend... I think everyday working on the mental skills as well,” said Emily Cook, U.S. Olympian.

“I would say I’m a dare devil. I spend most days doing aerial flips and three twists. There is not many people that are doing that anymore so ya I’m kind of crazy. You can say but I’m you got to be strong you have to be physically and mentally strong to be one of the best athletes in the world,” said Dylan Ferguson, U.S. Olympian.

Now Ossian's team will try and land some medals in Russia.

I am feeling very confident in the team. Out team is jumping really well they have been very supportive of each other. I feel we are still out there getting better every day. I would say we have not reached out maximum potential yet but we are trying to peak at just the right time you know Sochi, and we are certainly on a good path to do that.
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