Aerials: Li, Jia win Calgary World Cup; Cook sixth


After two days of World Cup moguls competition in Calgary, it was the aerialists’ turn today (Jan.10) as Chinese jumpers Li Nina and Jia Zongyang took home the wins.

The women’s competition was once again dominated by Chinese jumpers as defending world champion, Li claimed her 15th career World Cup victory ahead of her two teammates, World Cup overall leader Guo XinXin in third and Zhang Xin in fourth. Switzerland’s Evelyne Leu took second, climbing on her 21st career World Cup podium.

American Emily Cook led all North Americans in sixth place – her World Cup season high through three competitions. Teammates Ashley Caldwell (11th), Jana Lindsey (16th) and Lacy Schnoor (18th) also landed in the top 20. Caldwell, in particular, had a lot to smile about with such strong results in her first World Cup competition. The 15-year-old took second place at the Olympic Trials held Christmas eve (an event in which Schnoor won a guaranteed spot on the 2010 Olympic team) only a week after becoming a member of the U.S. Ski Team. 

“There was a weather change. No one was hitting good takeoffs, the snow turned into sugar. Iand it wasn’t that hard packed snow we were aiming for,” said U.S. freestyle ski team aerials coach Matt Christiansen. “The whole women’s and men’s events were not good just really bad. Not just from performance, but it was the lowest scoring semi-finals I have ever seen in my 12 years on the World Cup.”

“Actually, what Ashley did as a 15-year-old today was quite amazing,” Christensen continued. “This was her first World Cup and to make finals without even doing the higher-DD tricks she’s capable of is quite a credit to her.”

The top Canadian woman was Genevieve Tougas in tenth place, followed by Amber Peterson in 15th and Sabrina Guerin in 17th.
 
Guo now leads the World Cup standings, 44 points ahead of Li and 51 points ahead of Xu Mengtao (ninth today).

Jia, 19, topped the men’s podium for his second career World Cup victory, followed by three Belorussians in the top four. World Cup overall leader Anton Kushnir claimed second followed by teammates, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, Alexei Grishin in third and Timofei Slivets in fourth.

The top North American was last season’s world champion bronze medalist, Canadian Warren Shouldice in sixth place, followed by American Dylan Ferguson in seventh. The result was Ferguson’s World Cup career high, his previous best finish came last season when he finished 11th on the Olympic jumps of Cypress Mountain.

“Dylan did a really nice full- double full- full and he was sitting in sixth after the first jump. Speedy also did a full- double full- full and he was in second place,” Christiansen said. “But in finals the conditions changed and were really slow. Dylan had to really work that last trick to end up seventh. Speedy went for the Hhurricane and got caught up in the sludge on the jump and ended up just doing a triple twisting triple.”

U.S. Olympic Trails winner Jeret “Speedy” Peterson finished 12th ahead of teammates, World Champion Ryan St Onge in 25th and Scotty Bahrke in 28th.

Canadians Kyle Nissen finished 14th and DemocraSki (a social networking website for FIS athletes and officials) founder Ryan Blais finished 19th.

Kushnir now leads the World Cup overall standings, four points ahead of Jia in second and 128 points ahead of Slivets.

Local favorite and defending World Cup champion, Canadian Steve Omischl sat this weekend’s competition out with a minor concussion. The 31-year-old hit his head on the snow while training last week at the Canada Olympic Park. He is expected to resume training next week in Deer Valley, Utah.

The moguls skiers and aerialists now make their way to Deer Valley, Utah for the Visa Freestyle International World Cup event Jan 14-16.


Women’s Results

 1  3  2351312 LI Nina  1983  CHN   195.63    1000.00
 2  19  2050898 LEU Evelyne  1976  SUI   178.99    800.00
 3  1  2324827 GUO Xinxin  1983  CHN   167.73    600.00
 4  4  2439777 ZHANG Xin  1985  CHN   165.14    500.00
 5  29  2325118 LASSILA Lydia  1982  AUS   164.81    450.00
 6  12  2180102 COOK Emily  1979  USA   157.91    400.00
 7  14  2335206 SLIVETS Assoli  1982  BLR   156.72    360.00
 8  31  2406021 VOLKOVA Olga  1986  UKR   155.29    320.00
 9  2  2526230 XU Mengtao  1990  CHN   146.70    290.00
 10  28  2526054 TOUGAS Genevieve  1987  CAN   144.88    260.00
 11  27  2526863 CALDWELL Ashley  1993  USA   133.86    240.00
 12  16  2192518 TSUPER Alla  1979  BLR   95.37    220.00
 13  6  2379055 DIDENKO Nadiya  1986  UKR   68.73    200.00
 14  9  2438807 CHENG Shuang  1987  CHN   67.85    180.00
 15  8  2304069 PETERSON Amber  1982  CAN   64.10    160.00
 16  7  2297764 LINDSEY Jana  1984  USA   63.80    150.00
 17  11  2526216 GUERIN Sabrina  1985  CAN   63.78    140.00
 18  15  2381386 SCHNOOR Lacy  1985  USA   57.10    130.00
 19  5  2484528 SCHAERER Tanja  1989  SUI   56.38    120.00
 20  40  2526885 ALLARD-RIENDEAU Laurence  1990  CAN   54.81    110.00
 21  21  2527470 ARAPBAYEVA Zhibek  1991  KAZ   53.91    100.00
 22  13  2367803 MUNRO Bree  1981  AUS   52.44    90.00
 23  20  2526676 AINSWORTH Sarah  1985  GBR   48.14    80.00
 24  30  2526217 LEE Crystal  1988  CAN   45.20    0.00
 25  18  2484885 POLYUK Olga  1987  UKR   34.65    0.00
Did not start
     2201927 BAUER Veronika  1979  CAN       

Men’s Results

 1  2  2527482 JIA Zongyang  1991  CHN   253.40    1000.00
 2  1  2193294 KUSHNIR Anton  1984  BLR   244.60    800.00
 3  30  2192130 GRISHIN Alexei  1979  BLR   230.73    600.00
 4  8  2335400 SLIVETS Timofei  1984  BLR   224.17    500.00
 5  39  2074178 KRAVCHUK Stanislav  1978  UKR   213.22    450.00
 6  29  2304166 SHOULDICE Warren  1983  CAN   210.43    400.00
 7  17  2343160 FERGUSON Dylan  1988  USA   206.27    360.00
 8  20  2193585 MARUSHCHAK Dmitry  1980  RUS   186.59    320.00
 9  32  2312217 LAMBERT Thomas  1984  SUI   178.03    290.00
 10  23  2306688 ISOZ Andreas  1984  SUI   173.44    260.00
 11  15  2485099 MORRIS David  1984  AUS   171.58    240.00
 12  10  2265753 PETERSON Jeret  1981  USA   124.34    220.00
 13  33  2526397 SHAPKIN Yury  1987  RUS   105.90    200.00
 14  19  2185631 NISSEN Kyle  1979  CAN   105.09    180.00
 15  27  2164970 DASHINSKI Dmitri  1977  BLR   102.21    160.00
 16  25  2192615 ABLAEV Enver  1979  UKR   100.20    150.00
 17  40  2472951 ABRAMENKO Oleksandr  1988  UKR   92.47    140.00
 18  6  2438904 WU Chao  1987  CHN   92.31    130.00
 19  14  2274968 BLAIS Ryan  1979  CAN   91.81    120.00
 20  28  2484526 GUSTIK Maxim  1988  BLR   89.00    110.00
 21  12  2330841 ULRICH Renato  1983  SUI   88.01    100.00
 22  4  2526229 QI Guangpu  1990  CHN   86.65    90.00
 23  36  2527471 ABLYATIFOV Ruslan  1991  KAZ   85.50    80.00
 24  3  2416982 LIU Zhongqing  1985  CHN   85.40    70.00
 25  16  2263813 ST ONGE Ryan  1983  USA   85.18    60.00
 26  11  2344518 HAN Xiaopeng  1983  CHN   84.51    50.00
 27  9  2484932 ROCHON Olivier  1989  CAN   79.65    45.00
 28  24  2398843 BAHRKE Scotty  1985  USA   78.73    40.00
 29  26  2064090 GETTY Clyde  1961  ARG   78.44    36.00
 30  13  2360140 OSIPAU Denis  1983  BLR   73.27    32.00
 31  38  2526709 TABARA Naoya  1980  JPN   72.12    28.00
 32  35  2526218 VELLNER Jonathan  1987  CAN   72.01    26.00
 33  22  2325215 THEPAUT Nicolas  1980  FRA   69.91    24.00
 34  21  2330938 HAECHLER Christian  1983  SUI   67.21    22.00
 35  31  2398649 KURATA Kotaro  1978  JPN   61.96    20.00
 36  18  2526057 BELANGER Remi  1987  CAN   48.22    0.00
 37  34  2484643 SANNIKOV Anton  1988  RUS   48.07    0.00
 38  37  2525948 GERRITS Travis  1991  CAN   0.00    0.00

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