Aerials: Kushnir, Li take Mont Gabriel World Cup and overall titles


MONT GABRIEL, Canada (Jan. 30) – When you’re good, you’re good.

Aerials skier Anton Kushnir of Belarus is definitely good at what he does. The 25-year-old jumper landed on all six of this season’s World Cup podiums and won the last three consecutive contests leading up to the Vancouver Games. Tonight’s win came in Mont Gabriel, Canada at the final World Cup event of the season along side women’s victor and fellow World Cup leader, China’s Li Nina.

The duo also convincingly took away the crystal globes for the World Cup Aerials overall men’s and women’s titles.

“I’m happy. Every competition this year was good for me, a podium,” Kushnir told Canwest News. “I really like it here. This place seems to be very good for me. I jump well here. The Olympics, I do my best not to think about it. I just want to go there to try to do my best.”

China’s Qi Guangpu finished second on the men’s side ahead of three Swiss skiers. Renato Ulrich, Christian Haechler and Thomas Lambert finished three, four five.

With the majority of its Olympic Team athletes at a camp in Park City, Utah the U.S. Team sent younger skiers Scotty Bahrke, Matt DePeters and Nevin Brown to get some bonus World Cup experience. Bahrke led all North Americans with a season-high ninth-place finish after making his first final round of the year. Olympic bound DePeters also made the final round and ended up 11th. Brown also scored points in 23rd.

No Canadian men mad the final round at home as Travis Gerrits, four-time World Cup champion and two-time winner here Steve Omischl and Jonathan Vellner finished 14, 16, 22.

Qi finished second overall on the season ahead of teammate Jia Zongyang in third.

On the women’s, the Chinese athletes were up to their old tricks – wining. Li had the clear win with a 200.57 score, more than 15 points ahead of teammate Cheng Shuang in second. Assoli Slivets of Belarus rounded out the podium in third. It was Li’s second second win of the season and her fifth World Cup podium.

Canadian Sabrina Guerin led the North American effort in 13th place. Jamie Myers led the U.S. in 15th, her best World Cup finish since 2008. Teammate Allison Treleaven finished 22nd.

Li ended up with 436 points on the season, 90 points ahead of teammates Guo Xinxin in second and Xu Mengtao in third. 

“This has been a very good year for me,” said Li. “This year has been much, much better than last year because of a new coach, a new (approach) and doing harder jumps.”

Women’s aerials Olympic qualifying begins Feb. 20. The men qualify Feb. 22.

Images by Freestyle Canada

Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2351312 LI Nina  1983  CHN   200.57    1000.00
 2  7  2438807 CHENG Shuang  1987  CHN   184.88    800.00
 3  8  2335206 SLIVETS Assoli  1982  BLR   181.08    600.00
 4  26  2325021 GARDNER Elizabeth  1980  AUS   160.78    500.00
 5  18  2416303 DAI Shuangfei  1985  CHN   157.44    450.00
 6  2  2324827 GUO Xinxin  1983  CHN   154.57    400.00
 7  3  2526230 XU Mengtao  1990  CHN   151.98    360.00
 8  15  2484528 SCHAERER Tanja  1989  SUI   113.74    320.00
 9  11  2367803 MUNRO Bree  1981  AUS   109.65    290.00
 10  5  2439777 ZHANG Xin  1985  CHN   63.62    260.00
 11  6  2050898 LEU Evelyne  1976  SUI   83.31    240.00
 12  17  2406021 VOLKOVA Olga  1986  UKR   82.83    220.00
 13  14  2526216 GUERIN Sabrina  1985  CAN   82.21    200.00
 14  25  2000264 COOPER Jacqui  1973  AUS   76.86    180.00
 15  28  2292138 MYERS Jaime  1982  USA   70.40    160.00
 16  22  2484885 POLYUK Olga  1987  UKR   68.00    150.00
 17  4  2325118 LASSILA Lydia  1982  AUS   67.55    140.00
 18  21  2526054 TOUGAS Genevieve  1987  CAN   64.57    130.00
 19  27  2526885 ALLARD-RIENDEAU Laurence  1990  CAN   61.33    120.00
 20  24  2526676 AINSWORTH Sarah  1985  GBR   60.48    110.00
 21  12  2379055 DIDENKO Nadiya  1986  UKR   53.58    0.00
 22  30  2470914 TRELEAVEN Allison  1983  USA   51.47    0.00


Men’s Results

 1  1  2193294 KUSHNIR Anton  1984  BLR   263.55    1000.00
 2  3  2526229 QI Guangpu  1990  CHN   236.97    800.00
 3  5  2330841 ULRICH Renato  1983  SUI   215.42    600.00
 4  29  2330938 HAECHLER Christian  1983  SUI   213.58    500.00
 5  27  2312217 LAMBERT Thomas  1984  SUI   211.27    450.00
 6  10  2416982 LIU Zhongqing  1985  CHN   208.27    400.00
 7  15  2192130 GRISHIN Alexei  1979  BLR   207.16    360.00
 8  17  2164970 DASHINSKI Dmitri  1977  BLR   190.88    320.00
 9  26  2398843 BAHRKE Scotty  1985  USA   176.33    290.00
 10  8  2438904 WU Chao  1987  CHN   166.86    260.00
 11  37  2485224 DEPETERS Matthew  1987  USA   106.92    240.00
 12  16  2485099 MORRIS David  1984  AUS   105.90    220.00
 13  4  2335400 SLIVETS Timofei  1984  BLR   103.98    200.00
 14  30  2525948 GERRITS Travis  1991  CAN   101.46    180.00
 15  28  2192615 ABLAEV Enver  1979  UKR   98.87    160.00
 16  9  2271185 OMISCHL Steve  1978  CAN   97.79    150.00
 17  32  2472951 ABRAMENKO Oleksandr  1988  UKR   94.14    140.00
 18  20  2360140 OSIPAU Denis  1983  BLR   93.10    130.00
 19  21  2306688 ISOZ Andreas  1984  SUI   91.59    120.00
 20  31  2526709 TABARA Naoya  1980  JPN   90.49    110.00
 21  2  2527482 JIA Zongyang  1991  CHN   83.26    100.00
 22  35  2526218 VELLNER Jonathan  1987  CAN   77.71    90.00
 23  36  2485223 BROWN Nevin  1989  USA   62.21    80.00
 24  33  2064090 GETTY Clyde  1961  ARG   51.47    0.00
 25  18  2074178 KRAVCHUK Stanislav  1978  UKR   43.36    0.00
Did not start
     2484932 ROCHON Olivier  1989  CAN       
     2325215 THEPAUT Nicolas  1980  FRA       

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