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Aerials, Women

Date14 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationEkstrim-Park Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants22 from 9 countries
Venue detailsInrun Distance: 70 m
Inrun Gradient: 27°
Kicker #1: 3.60 m - 56° - 2.10 m
Kicker #2: 6.00 m - 66° - 3.55 m
Kicker #3: 6.00 m - 66° - 3.60 m
Kicker #4: 7.50 m - 71.5° - 4.20 m
Kicker #6: 7.50 m - 71.5° - 4.25 m
Landing Distance: 26 m
Landing Gradient: 39°
Start Elevation: ?
Table Distance: 23 m
Table Gradient: 0°
Vertical Drop: ?

Belarus free skiiers concentrate on the aerials, and they were led in Sochi by Alla Tsuper, competing in her fifth Winter Olympics, but one that lacked an Olympic medal. Tsuper had retired after the 2010 Winter Olympics and had a baby, but came back in 2013 for one last shot at the Olympics. The 2013/14 World Cup season was her first full World Cup season since 2008/09. The week before this event started, Tsuper announced that this was it – she would retire after Sochi. However, the heavy favorite was China’s Li Nina, who led the season’s World Cup standings, had won the World Championship in 2005, 2007, and 2009, and had won silvers in this event at Torino and Vancouver.

The aerials were conducted as a series of elimination races. Twelve of the 23 starters made it out of qualifying to the final, six qualifying on the first run and six on the second run. The 12 finalists skiied three runs, with eight advancing to the second run, and four to the final, medal run. Tsuper and Li both made it to the medal run, accompanied by Li’s teammate Xu Mengtao, and the defending champion, Australian Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila, now competing in her fourth Winter Olympics. Tsuper went first on the final run, and landed her back full-full-full perfectly, scoring 98.01. Li was next and when she fell on the landing of her back double-full, double-full, having to be helped off the snow by her trainer, it virtually guaranteed medals to the other skiiers. Ierodiaconou-Lassila and Xu both stumbled on their landings, giving the gold medal to Tsuper, despite their higher difficulty. Xu took the silver medal with Ierodiaconou-Lassila winning her second Olympic medal, a bronze.

One original entrant never made it to Sochi. Brazilian Laís Souza had competed at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as a gymnast, but then turned to freestyle skiing, and had qualified for the aerials at Sochi. She would have been the first Olympic gymnast to ever compete at the Winter Olympics, but in late January, while training in Park City, Utah, Souza fell on a landing and broke her neck. She was paralyzed from the neck down despite surgery to stabilize her neck.

PosSkierNOC
1Alla TsuperBLRGold
2Xu MengtaoCHNSilver
3Lydia LassilaAUSBronze
4Li NinaCHN
5Cheng ShuangCHN
6Zhanbota AldabergenovaKAZ
7Laura PeelAUS
8Emily CookUSA
9Danielle ScottAUS
10Ashley CaldwellUSA
11Veronika KorsunovaRUS
12Assol SlivetsRUS
13Zhang XinCHN
14Tanja SchärerSUI
15Olha PoliukUKR
16Anastasiya NovosadUKR
17Nadiya MokhnatskaUKR
18Samantha WellsAUS
19Zhibek ArapbayevaKAZ
20Aleksandra OrlovaRUS
21Hanna HuskovaBLR
22Josi SantosBRA
DNSNadiya DidenkoUKR

Qualifying Round 1 (14 February 2014 — 17:45)

Top 6 finishers advanced to final 1.

Judge #1Helene HouseCAN
Judge #2Olivier GrangeFRA
Judge #3Oksana KushchenkoRUS
Judge #4William McNiceUSA
Judge #5Hanka KalužíkováCZE
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
13Ashley CaldwellUSA101.25bFFF4.050Q
218Li NinaCHN86.71bFdF3.525Q
320Danielle ScottAUS85.36bFF3.150Q
44Cheng ShuangCHN83.19bdFF3.525Q
511Emily CookUSA80.01bFdF3.525Q
619Assol SlivetsRUS78.40bLPF3.500Q
722Samantha WellsAUS78.12bFF3.150
823Aleksandra OrlovaRUS76.27bLF2.900
915Zhanbota AldabergenovaKAZ74.82bLF2.900
1010Veronika KorsunovaRUS72.50bLF2.900
1117Xu MengtaoCHN71.44bLFF3.800
129Olha PoliukUKR70.76bLF2.900
132Laura PeelAUS67.68bFdF3.525
1412Alla TsuperBLR66.15bLTF3.500
156Lydia LassilaAUS66.12bLFF3.800
1614Zhibek ArapbayevaKAZ63.44bLT2.600
1713Zhang XinCHN60.98bdFF3.525
1816Anastasiya NovosadUKR56.84bLF2.900
1921Nadiya MokhnatskaUKR52.44bFT2.850
208Josi SantosBRA49.60bT2.000
211Tanja SchärerSUI48.72bLF2.900
227Hanna HuskovaBLR44.08bLF2.900
DNS5Nadiya DidenkoUKR

Qualifying Round 2 (14 February 2014 — 18:30)

Top 6 finishers advanced to final 1.

Judge #1Helene HouseCAN
Judge #2Olivier GrangeFRA
Judge #3Oksana KushchenkoRUS
Judge #4William McNiceUSA
Judge #5Hanka KalužíkováCZE
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
14Lydia LassilaAUS90.65bLTF3.500Q
214Xu MengtaoCHN87.15bLTF3.500Q
32Laura PeelAUS85.99bFF3.150Q
48Veronika KorsunovaRUS81.58bFF3.150Q
512Zhanbota AldabergenovaKAZ78.12bFF3.150Q
69Alla TsuperBLR77.52bLFF3.800Q
710Zhang XinCHN77.49bFF3.150
81Tanja SchärerSUI77.17bFF3.150
97Olha PoliukUKR74.97bFF3.150
1013Anastasiya NovosadUKR74.34bFF3.150
1115Nadiya MokhnatskaUKR69.31bLF2.900
1216Samantha WellsAUS67.13bLdF3.275
1311Zhibek ArapbayevaKAZ58.87bLF2.900
1417Aleksandra OrlovaRUS55.75bFF3.150
155Hanna HuskovaBLR52.60bFF3.150
166Josi SantosBRA48.17bL2.050
DNS29Nadiya DidenkoUKR

Final Round 1 (14 February 2014 — 21:30)

Top 8 finishers advanced to final 2.

Judge #1Helene HouseCAN
Judge #2Olivier GrangeFRA
Judge #3Oksana KushchenkoRUS
Judge #4William McNiceUSA
Judge #5Hanka KalužíkováCZE
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
11Alla TsuperBLR99.18bLFF3.800Q
26Lydia LassilaAUS95.76bLFF3.800Q
35Xu MengtaoCHN90.65bLTF3.500Q
411Li NinaCHN90.24bFdF3.525Q
54Laura PeelAUS83.79bFF3.150Q
68Emily CookUSA82.21bFF3.150Q
79Cheng ShuangCHN80.01bFF3.150Q
82Zhanbota AldabergenovaKAZ76.23bFF3.150Q
910Danielle ScottAUS76.23bFF3.150
1012Ashley CaldwellUSA72.80bLTF3.500
113Veronika KorsunovaRUS68.35bFF3.150
127Assol SlivetsRUS62.30bLPF3.500

Final Round 2 (14 February 2014 — 21:55)

Top 4 finishers advanced to final 3.

Judge #1Helene HouseCAN
Judge #2Olivier GrangeFRA
Judge #3Oksana KushchenkoRUS
Judge #4William McNiceUSA
Judge #5Hanka KalužíkováCZE
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
16Xu MengtaoCHN101.08bLFF3.800Q
27Lydia LassilaAUS99.22bFFF4.050Q
35Li NinaCHN89.53bdFF3.525Q
48Alla TsuperBLR88.50bFTF3.750Q
52Cheng ShuangCHN87.42bFdF3.525
61Zhanbota AldabergenovaKAZ68.44bLF2.900
74Laura PeelAUS64.50bFdF3.525
83Emily CookUSA64.50bFdF3.525

Final Round 3 (14 February 2014 — 22:12)

Judge #1Helene HouseCAN
Judge #2Olivier GrangeFRA
Judge #3Oksana KushchenkoRUS
Judge #4William McNiceUSA
Judge #5Hanka KalužíkováCZE
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
11Alla TsuperBLR98.01bFFF4.050
24Xu MengtaoCHN83.50bLdFF4.175
33Lydia LassilaAUS72.12bFdFF4.425
42Li NinaCHN46.02bdFdF3.900