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Lake Placid: Weather scraps second run; Swiss athlete Leu wins aerials

Lake Placid: Weather scraps second run; Swiss athlete Leu wins aerials{mosimage}LAKE PLACID, New York – World Cup aerials leader Evelyne Leu of Switzerland earned her second victory of the season Saturday in a competition reduced to one round because of gusting wind. The men’s event was postponed until Sunday.

After the women completed what was to be their qualifying round in light rain, with 12 to move into the finals, the wind picked up at the MacKenzie-Intervale Jumping Complex. Several hours later, organizers declared the qualifying results as the official results and said the men’s one-round contest would be held Sunday.

”We never got a chance for the men,” said Konrad Rotermund, race director for the International Ski Federation. ”Once the winds arrived and picked up, it was unsafe to jump, and there was nothing we could but wait.”

Leu’s double-twisting-double with a layout (two twists, two flips) was worth 102.98 points. Russian Anna Zukal and Canadian Amber Peterson tied for second place at 90.09 with similar double-twisting doubles.

The postponement means Sunday will be a doubleheader, with moguls starting in the morning at Whiteface Mountain, outside Lake Placid, and aerials at the MacKenzie-Intervale site.

– The Associated Press

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