Chinese dominate Aerials World Cup opener at home
Chinese aerialists are always in contention but at home they seem to take it up a notch. Today (Dec. 19) was no exception as Chinese jumpers claimed five of six podium spots at the World Cup aerials opener in Changchun, China.
It was a cold one in China (-12 F) as the women’s podium was a Chinese sweep led by Guo Xinxin with her third career World Cup victory. Last season’s World Cup overall runner-up Li Nina grabbed second place for her 37th career podium. Rounding out the podium was 19-year-old Mengtao Xu in third for her fourth career World Cup podium.
"The moves I performed are the ones that I am going to do in the Vancouver Olympics,” Guo told Chinese news outlet Xinhua. “I have done a lot of training in Inner Mongolia last month and I really can perform better now. I just skied normally today and won the gold."
Canadian Sabrina Guerin led the North American women in seventh, tying her career high, followed by American Emily Cook in eight place. Canadians Amber Peterson (11th) and Veronika Bauer (15th), and Americans Lacy Schnoor (17th) and Jana Lindsey (21st) will look to move up in tomorrow’s competition.
Belarus skier Anton Kushnir took the men’s event, his second career World Cup win, ahead of Chinese jumpers Lui Zhongquing in second and Wu Chao in third. Kushnir’s first jump pulled in the high score of the day of 126.11.
Once again it was a Canadian leading North American efforts as last season’s World Cup overall champion Steve Omischl took fifth. Jeret “Speedy” Peterson led the U.S. in ninth place. World Champion, American Ryan St. Onge (13th), missed competing in the finals by one spot, after a subpar landing in a qualifying round.
Canadians Ryan Blais (11th), Oliver Rochon (14th), Remi Belanger (16th) and Kyle Nissen as well Americans Dylan Ferguson (18th) and Scotty Bahrke (21st) also got their seasons started today.
"It was a disappointing day," said U.S. head freestyle coach Jeff Wintersteen. "But tomorrow's another day and we can get back on the horse."
World Cup aerials continue in Changchun tomorrow with another round of men’s and women’s competition.
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