Apex aerials: Omischl secures WC title; Speedy 2nd
Lacy Schnoor had a personal best in finishing eighth as the top U.S. woman at Apex Ski Area.
PENTICTON, B.C. — Jeret "Speedy" Peterson rebounded from a poor first jump to land his signature, five-twist "Hurricane" Sunday despite snow and winds as he moved up to third place in the final World Cup aerials competition of the season. Lacy Schnoor had a personal best in finishing eighth as the top U.S. woman at Apex Ski Area.
Canadian Steve Omischl clinched his second World Cup aerials title with his second win of the season, edging Peterson in the final points, 406-368. Heading into the event, Peterson led 308-306. Sunday, Omischl had 247.49 points for the 12th win of his career while teammate Kyle Nissen was runner-up (238.07) and Peterson vaulted six places to third (231.53) with his successful Hurricane, which includes three flips.
Australian Jacqui Cooper clinched her fourth women's aerials World Cup championship, collecting her third win of the winter with 198.73 points. China's Shuang Cheng was second with 195.63. Schnoor finished eighth at 155.99 while Emily Cook was 16th.
"I would have loved to win but I'm excited about landing the Hurricane with this weather," Peterson said. "I wasn't going to do it today, but I wanted to win the title and I knew I needed it after my first jump if I were gonna beat Omischl."
Laughing as he recalled how he had bloodied his face with a couple of crash landings in training while winning two aerials meets in 24 hours at Utah's Deer Valley Resort in mid-January, Peterson — the 2005 World Cup aerials champion — said, "I took a huge hit in training and I was a little hesitant about doing it. But I wanted to give myself a chance to win, so..."
"Speedy's such a stud," aerials head coach Matt Christensen. "He crashed in his first landing, so even though we had planned on not doing it — and saving it for World Championships [March 8-11 in Italy], he went out and stuck it. It was amazing.
"These were tough conditions," Christensen continued. "It was snowy and windy, and definitely not a lot of fun. Speedy was awesome and Lacy had her best result ... and Emily landed her first full double-full [three twists, two flips] in six years, so that was outstanding, too. The energy on this team now is just so great."
Christensen said the aerialists would return to Park City for a mini-camp and down time before the World Championships. The U.S. freestyle team is expected to announce the team for worlds in the coming week.
In a related development, Christensen said Scott Bahrke was chosen by coaches of all national teams on the World Cup as Rookie of the Year. "He was eighth in Mont Gabriel [Que.] last month and Scotty's had a tremendous year. The other coaches noticed, so this is a tremendous honor and a nice tribute to the way he's worked so hard," Christensen said.
FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
Men's aerials (10 make finals)
Penticton, British Columbia - Feb. 25, 2007
1. Steve Omischl, Canada, 247.49 points
2. Kyle Nissen, Canada, 238.07
3. Jeret Peterson, Boise, Idaho, 231.53
4. Sen Qiu, China, 228.77
5. Dmitri Dashinski, Belarus, 206.58
14. Dylan Ferguson
24. Zac Amidan
25. Scott Bahrke
26. Ryan St. Onge
Women's aerials (10 make finals)
1. Jacqui Cooper, Australia, 198.73
2. Shuang Cheng, China, 195.63
3. Nina Li, China, 192.99
4. Xinxin Guo, China, 173.76
5. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 168.34
8. Lacy Schnoor, Draper, Utah, 155.99
16. Emily Cook, Belmont, Mass.
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