Eric Loughran
Eric Loughran

Olympic aerial skier Eric Loughran, a Pelham, N.H., native, made his first World Cup podium of the season with a third-place finish at China's Shimao Lotus Mountain, just south of Guangzhou.

Loughran, a 2018 Olympian, thrilled the crowd at the base of the mountain with the first podium finish of his career, executing a series of celebratory fist pumps after landing a clean back-full-double-full-full for 123.45 points.

His score came just behind China's aerial specialists Sun Jiaxu, the 2019 world silver medalist, and Olympian Wang Xindi. All three skiers executed the same jumps, though judges deemed Sun's form the best, awarding him 126.11 points out of a possible 132.75.

A 23-year-old freestyle skier, Loughran was born in Lowell and grew up in Pelham before leaving Pelham High early to train and study at the Lake Placid, N.Y., Olympic training center.

He competes for the Loon Mountain skiing team and was a member of Team USA freestyle ski team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Eric is the son of Brendan and Pannee Loughran. He has a sister, Ashley.