World Cup takes flight

Russia’s Ilia Burova flies through the night Tuesday as training started for the aerials World Cup event taking place Friday and Saturday in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Winter Vineck of the United States trains for this weekend’s World Cup aerials event in Lake Placid during the early evening hours Tuesday at the Olympic Jumping Complex. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Kazakhstan’s Ayana Zholdas eyes the landing hill Wednesday. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
American Eric Loughran soars off a jump while training on Wednesday. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Alina Gridneva of Russia soars off a doubles kicker Wednesday. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Noe Roth of Switzerland takes flight during aerials training Tuesday night. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Canada’s Felix Cormier-Boucher lands a jump during training Wednesday. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — The top aerialists on the planet have made their annual January pilgrimage to Lake Placid to compete in two World Cup competitions this week.

Training started Tuesday and continued through Thursday for the final World Cup aerials event before the Winter Olympics kickoff in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The first of two competitions was held Friday and the second one takes place today. For those who missed Friday’s aerials spectacle, there’s plenty of time to head out to the Olympic Ski Jumping complex to watch today’s action, as most of the jumping will take place under the lights at the venue.

Jumping begins today with ladies training at 1:15 p.m., which will be followed by their qualification round at 2:40 p.m. The men then take the hill for training and qualifications.

The event moves into the finals, which start at 8 p.m. and feature the top 12 women and the top 12 men who advanced from the qualification rounds. At 8:45 p.m., the remaining six women and six men will battle it out for the podium.

The evening wraps up with the medals ceremony and a fireworks display.