Camplin wins women’s aerials; Peterson gets first podium of the season{mosimage}USSA — Olympic aerialist Jeret (Speedy) Peterson earned the second podium of his career Saturday in nasty weather at Deer Valley, finishing third behind Belarussian Dmitri Dashinski.

World Cup leader Alisa Camplin of Australia who won the 2002 Olympic gold medal and 2003 World Championships gold at Deer Valley won again in the women’s event while Kate Reed was the top American in fifth.

NBC will televise coverage from the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National weekend Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET. The aerials competition was the front half of a day-night doubleheader at Deer Valley. The weekend was scheduled to conclude under the lights Saturday night with dual moguls.

Dashinski, who’s No. 2 in the points behind Canadian Steve Omischl, won with 251.51 points while Omischl took second at 242.35 and Peterson completed the podium (242.30). Joe Pack bobbled his final landing and was seventh while Lane Field made his World Cup debut, finishing 15th.

“I knew I could do it. I just had to get my head [straightened away] and do it,” Peterson said after clicking with two quad-twisting triples (four twists, three flips). He completed a full, double-full, full in the qualifying round and a double-full, full, full in finals. His first podium came just over a year ago when he was second at Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

“This was some pretty fierce competition. To miss second place by just five-hundredths is outstanding; I’m psyched,” Peterson said. “This morning it was beautiful, not a single cloud and then finals came up and it got horrible windy, snow, couldn’t see a thing. I had a couple of teammates slip the in-run. It was a mess. … Deer Valley is always so buffed, so perfect, so maybe they figured they’d give us a little challenge for finals. This was fun.”

In the women’s event, Camplin scored 189.20 with teammate Lydia Ierodiaconou in second place (183.63). Reed was sixth (168.91) and Kelly Hilliman (Tonawanda, NY) 12th.

“I pretty well maxed out my jumps. Top-five, top-six, that’s about where I can get to with where I’m at now, but I’m going to be working next summer on triples [three twists], looking to get my DD [degree of difficulty] up there some more,” Reed said. “I feel I’m back on track.”

Freestyle World Cup
Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National
Deer Valley, Utah
January 31, 2004

1. Dmitri Dashinski, Belarus, 251.51 points
2. Steve Omischl, Canada, 242.35
3. Jeret Peterson, Boise, Idaho, 242.30
4. Dmitry Arkhipov, Russia, 237.85
5. Ryan Blais, Canada, 226.77
6. Martin Walti, Switzerland, 225.98
7. Joe Pack, Park City, Utah, 220.93
8. Alexei Grichin, Belarus, 219.59
9. Timofei Slivets, Belarus, 209.59
10. Cord Spero, Canada, 195.84
11. Thomas Lambert, Switzerland, 194.96
12. Warren Shouldice, Canada, 193.40
15. Lance Field, Boulder, Colo.

1. Alisa Camplin, Australia, 189.20
2. Lydia Ierodiaconou, Australia, 183.63
3. Evelyne Leu, Switzerland, 180.57
4. Liz Gardner, Australia, 178.19
5. Deidra Dionne, Canada, 176.25
6. Kate Reed, Montrose, Colo., 168.91
7. Anna Zukal, Russia, 167.56
8. Anna Belikh, Russia, 166.27
9. Olga Koroleva, Russia, 158.99
10. Trudy McIntosh, Australia, 156.74
11. Assol Slivets, Belarus, 151.26
12. Kelly Hilliman, Tonawanda, N.Y., 136.51
19. Sharlee Strebel, Layton, Utah
20. Christina Craddock, West Newton, Mass.

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