Chinese Sweep Worlds Aerials Gold
On a bluebird day in front of the Crown Prince of Norway, Mangtao Xu (women) and Guangpu Qi (men), both of China earned the World Championship titles after monster jumps earned Xu a score of 98 and Qi a massive 138.
U.S. team veterans Emily Cook and Dylan Ferguson earned 10th and 11th place finishes on the World Championship hill in Voss. Cook battled back after a rough training session and a switch of the wind from training landed Ferguson slightly back in his landing.
Cook battled back from three hard training crashes earlier in the day. Her small mistake came when her skis came slightly apart in her second flip.
"Today was a tough day but overall I am incredibly happy with this season and this event is a huge motivator as I look towards summer training," said Cook. "I couldn't be happier with my second place rank this season and am really looking forward to begin training for the Olympic season when we return to Park City."
Ferguson's full, double-full, full earned him a score of 105.31.
"The weather and the site were in unbelievable condition today," said Ferguson. "We had blue sky for the first time all week and the crowd was great. Unfortunately I didn't put down the competition jump I was hoping to. I had some really good training jumps but couldn't stick it as well as I wanted."
Canada's Travis Gerrits won silver medal in one of the highest caliber aerial competitions seen yet under the new Olympic format.
Gerrits was the sole Canadian to advance to finals from yesterday’s qualification round, where he finished sixth. Then today he had to make it through three rounds of competition – 12-man, eight-man and four-man -- to land in the silver position with a final jump score of 117.73.
“It is a victory in my eyes. I have done so much training up to this point, to finish second place today, with the crazy of the competition today, I’m just happy to be here. I’m part of the big boys now. And to qualify for the Olympics – I couldn’t be happier,” said the 21-year-old who indeed earned his Canadian Freestyle Team Method A nomination to next year’s Sochi Games with his medal here, and was the only Canadian freestyle athlete to podium at both Olympic format events this season.