World Cup whirlwind

Aerial skier Emily Cook was the top American finisher on the women's side at last week's Freestyle International FIS World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah. She placed seventh and is hoping to qualify to her fourth Olympic team later this month. With the help of her father Don, a photographer, Cook shows us what it's like to compete on the World Cup stage.

Don Cook

Someone thought my Visa billboard should have a mustache!

Courtesy of Emily Cook

Before it all started, Columbia unveiled the new Olympic uniforms. I'm here with my teammates Dylan Ferguson and Heather McPhie as they model them. I'm working hard to wear one of these while representing Team USA in February!

Courtesy of Emily Cook

An athlete’s view of the ski jump. This is our snowy training session the night before competition.

Don Cook

Looking at the ground is one of the most important aspects of jumping. It looks like I’m saying hi to our amazing Deer Valley volunteers here, but really I’m spotting my landing.

Don Cook

A competition run, which launched me into finals.

Don Cook

Here, I'm getting ready for the next round and am happy to advance to finals!

Don Cook

A training jump during the finals. I'm about to wrap into the twist and am training a double-full-full -- a triple-twisting double-back flip.

Don Cook

Skiing away from a solid landing in the final. I love my coach’s reaction in the background. This jump was a full-full -- a double-twisting double-back flip.