Connecticut native Kiley McKinnon has only been competing in aerials for a few years, but she has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. After being introduced to aerials by a friend, McKinnon showed early promise, finishing fifth in her very first competition, which happened to be 2011 U.S. National Championships.
Early on in the 2012 season, McKinnon followed up her debut success by landing a victory in just her second NorAm competition ever. Four wins later, McKinnon wrapped up the overall NorAm title in her first year on the tour. A silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Championships and a bronze at the FIS Junior World Championships capped her stellar season.
The 2013 season followed suit with four top-ten World Cup results and a silver at U.S. Championships to cap off her career-best season. Winter 2014 was a recovery year for McKinnon after she suffered a shoulder injury halfway through the season, but she came back in 2015 better than ever, scoring her first World Cup podium at the season opener in Beijing.
From there, she never looked back, landing on the podium four more times and jumping to a silver medal at the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. McKinnon's consistent jumping - with five podiums in the season's seven events - lead her to the first aerials crystal globe for the US ladies since the great Nikki Stone did it back in 1998.
McKinnon picked up the 2015/16 right where she left off the season before, scoring a third place podium at the season-opener in Beijing. While it would be her podium on the year, she would score three more top-10s in the next five events of the season, finishing the season ranked sixth on the aerials leadboard.
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|1608110.01.2014||Aerials||Deer Valley||USA||World Cup||16||150.00|
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