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2010 Winter Olympics: Draper's Lacy Schnoor qualifies for aerials finals

CYPRESS, British Columbia — Alta High graduate Lacy Schnoor took another step toward an Olympic medal when she qualified for finals in the women's aerial competition Saturday at Cypress Mountain.

"I'm feeling great," said Schnoor after qualifying in sixth position. "I'm feeling confident going into the final. It's a relief."

Not only does she feel "mellow," Schnoor said she has even more difficult tricks on tap for the finals on Feb. 24.

"I'll do a jump with more difficulty," she said. "I plan to do two triple twisting double (flips)."

She isn't worried about what anyone else is doing in the finals.

"I feel so good, so confident that I don't need to think about it," she said. "I am so thrilled to be in the final. I get to do it one more time, and then maybe I can take a vacation."

In addition to Schnoor, Mass., native and Park City resident, Emily Cook also qualified for the finals in fifth place. She's struggled with bruised heels, but she is feeling better than she has in a while.

"I'm feeling awesome," said Cook, a two time Olympian. "I had a great training. I'm happy to put two solid jumps down. I'm looking forward to jumping again in a couple of days."

She said any pain is just part of the experience at this point.

"I'm excited to be here and on my feet," Cook said. "It's the Olympics. You've got to do what you've got to do."

Cook, like Schnoor is trying to just enjoy the experience of competing in the games.

"I'm excited to be here and on my feet," said Cook. "Every day is a new day. Obviously you guys know that I haven't been training the last two weeks, so I am relying on my training from the last few years."

Standing at the top of the hill, Cook is just trying to focus on the task at hand.

"I was just up there appreciating the moment," she said. "To win, it's just going to take laying down the best jumps I can do."

New York native Ashley Caldwell qualified in the final position 12th, which is a thrill for the 16-year-old who was only allowed to compete in two World Cup competitions this season.

Belarus Alla Tsuper threw down a huge triple in the first round of qualifying and scored the highest mark of the day at 105.64 points. Athletes from China qualified four athletes.

Australia qualified three jumpers.

Canada's best hope, Veronika Bauer, did not qualify for the finals.