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Aerials, Men

Date17 – 18 February 2018
StatusOlympic
LocationPhoenix Snow Park, Mountain Cluster, Bongpyeong
Participants25 from 11 countries
Venue detailsInrun Distance: 69.0 m
Inrun Gradient: 27°
Kicker #1: 4.00 m - 50° - 2.10 m
Kicker #2: 6.50 m - 65° - 3.70 m
Kicker #3: 6.50 m - 65° - 3.70 m
Kicker #4: 8.00 m - 70° - 4.20 m
Kicker #5: 8.00 m - 70° - 4.20 m
Landing Distance: 25.0 m
Landing Gradient: 38°
Start Elevation: ?
Table Distance: 20.0 m
Table Gradient: 0°
Vertical Drop: ?

Belarus had won the men’s aerials competition at the last two editions of the Olympic Games, and defending champion Anton Kushnir was back in the hopes of snagging a second gold medal. The other podium finishers in 2014, Australia’s David Morris and China’s Jia Zongyang, were also in PyeongChang to vie once more for medals, but of the three only Morris had medaled at one of the last two editions of the World Championships (bronze in 2017). From the perspective of that tournament, Qi Guangpu, also of China, was a contender, as he was the 2013 and 2015 World Champion and 2011 and 2017 runner-up. He had also come in fourth in Sochi. American Jonathon Lillis was the reigning World Champion.

That Lillis won the qualifying round was not particularly surprising, but much more shocking was that Kushnir failed to advance beyond the second qualification stage, falling just 0.45 points shy of making the cut off. The final was divided into three runs, each of which was independent of the other and after which the bottom three competitors would be eliminated. Qi was on top after the first run but Morris, who attempted the same trick, did not nail his execution and was forced to bow out. In the following run, however, it was Qi who was surprisingly eliminated, while Lillis also faltered and exited the tournament. That left Jia as the last remaining favorite and, had the event been determined by the best of three runs, he would have won gold on the strength of his score in the second round.

As it was, however, Jia was edged out in the final run by Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine, whose victory stunned viewers, as he was relatively unknown despite competing in his fourth edition of the Games. It was Ukraine’s third gold medal at the Winter Games since it began competing independently in 1994 and its first medal of any color in freestyle skiing. Jia settled for second, while Russian Ilya Burov took home bronze.

PosSkierNOC
1Oleksandr AbramenkoUKRGold
2Jia ZongyangCHNSilver
3Ilya BurovROCBronze
4Pavel KrotovROC
5Olivier RochonCAN
6Stanislau HladchankaBLR
7Qi GuangpuCHN
8Jon LillisUSA
9Liu ZhongqingCHN
10David MorrisAUS
11Mischa GasserSUI
12Dimitri IslerSUI
13Anton KushnirBLR
14Wang XindiCHN
15Maksim BurovROC
16Noé RothSUI
17Mac BohonnonUSA
18Stanislav NikitinROC
19Naoya TabaraJPN
20Lloyd WallaceGBR
21Ildar BadrutdinovKAZ
22Maksim HustsikBLR
23Nicolas GygaxSUI
24Lewis IrvingCAN
25Eric LoughranUSA

Qualifying Round 1 (17 February 2018 — 20:00)

Top 6 finishers advanced to final 1.

Judge #1Qiu ZhaoyiCHN
Judge #2Petr KnyazevRUS
Judge #3Midori TakanoJPN
Judge #4Jürg MüllerSUI
Judge #5Ian HutchingsCAN
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
110Jon LillisUSA127.44bFdFF4.425Q
25Qi GuangpuCHN126.70bdFFF4.525Q
32Jia ZongyangCHN126.55bFdFF4.425Q
415Stanislau HladchankaBLR126.11bFdFF4.425Q
516Pavel KrotovROC124.89bdFFF4.525Q
68Olivier RochonCAN124.34bFdFF4.425Q
725Dimitri IslerSUI123.98bdFFF4.525
87Ilya BurovROC123.98bdFFF4.525
96Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR123.01bFdFF4.425
1013Wang XindiCHN121.24bFdFF4.425
113Anton KushnirBLR120.80bFdFF4.425
121Maksim BurovROC117.65bdFFF4.525
1327Noé RothSUI116.06bLdFF4.175
1426Mischa GasserSUI113.72bFdFF4.425
1518David MorrisAUS112.83bFdFF4.425
1614Liu ZhongqingCHN107.08bFdFF4.425
1712Naoya TabaraJPN103.98bFdFF4.425
184Maksim HustsikBLR92.92bFdFF4.425
1930Ildar BadrutdinovKAZ89.18bdFF3.525
2028Nicolas GygaxSUI88.29bFFF4.050
219Lewis IrvingCAN87.17bFdFF4.425
2217Eric LoughranUSA86.28bFdFF4.425
2311Mac BohonnonUSA85.97bdFFF4.525
2429Lloyd WallaceGBR73.06bLdFF4.175
2519Stanislav NikitinROC70.59bdFFF4.525

Qualifying Round 2 (17 February 2018 — 20:45)

Top 6 finishers advanced to final 1.

Judge #1Qiu ZhaoyiCHN
Judge #2Petr KnyazevRUS
Judge #3Midori TakanoJPN
Judge #4Jürg MüllerSUI
Judge #5Ian HutchingsCAN
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
17Ilya BurovROC126.55bFdFF4.425Q
218David MorrisAUS124.89bdFFF4.525Q
=314Liu ZhongqingCHN123.08bFFdF4.525Q
=36Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR123.08bdFFF4.525Q
526Mischa GasserSUI121.72bdFFF4.525Q
63Anton KushnirBLR121.27bdFFF4.525Q
727Noé RothSUI116.64bFFF4.050
81Maksim BurovROC116.37bFdFF4.425
911Mac BohonnonUSA112.39bFdFF4.425
1019Stanislav NikitinROC111.06bFdFF4.425
1129Lloyd WallaceGBR100.03bFFF4.050
1213Wang XindiCHN96.38bdFFF4.525
1330Ildar BadrutdinovKAZ94.47bFdF3.525
144Maksim HustsikBLR89.14bFFdF4.525
1525Dimitri IslerSUI88.94bFdFF4.425
1628Nicolas GygaxSUI88.92bLdFF4.175
179Lewis IrvingCAN78.73bdFFF4.525
1812Naoya TabaraJPN78.73bdFFF4.525
1917Eric LoughranUSA72.40bFFdF4.525

Final Round 1 (18 February 2018 — 20:00)

Top 9 finishers advanced to final 2.

Judge #1Qiu ZhaoyiCHN
Judge #2Petr KnyazevRUS
Judge #3Midori TakanoJPN
Judge #4Jürg MüllerSUI
Judge #5Ian HutchingsCAN
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
15Qi GuangpuCHN127.44bFdFF4.425Q
216Pavel KrotovROC126.11bFdFF4.425Q
36Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR125.67bFdFF4.425Q
48Olivier RochonCAN125.67bFdFF4.425Q
515Stanislau HladchankaBLR123.01bFdFF4.425Q
67Ilya BurovROC122.13bFdFF4.425Q
710Jon LillisUSA121.68bFdFF4.425Q
814Liu ZhongqingCHN119.47bFdFF4.425Q
92Jia ZongyangCHN118.55bdFFF4.525Q
1018David MorrisAUS111.95bFdFF4.425
1126Mischa GasserSUI99.12bFdFF4.425
1225Dimitri IslerSUI97.79bFdFF4.425

Final Round 2 (18 February 2018 — 20:29)

Top 6 finishers advanced to final 3.

Judge #1Qiu ZhaoyiCHN
Judge #2Petr KnyazevRUS
Judge #3Midori TakanoJPN
Judge #4Jürg MüllerSUI
Judge #5Ian HutchingsCAN
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
12Jia ZongyangCHN128.76bFdFF4.425Q
28Olivier RochonCAN128.05bFFdF4.525Q
315Stanislau HladchankaBLR126.70bdFFF4.525Q
46Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR125.79bdFFF4.525Q
516Pavel KrotovROC124.89bdFFF4.525Q
67Ilya BurovROC123.53bdFFF4.525Q
75Qi GuangpuCHN122.17bdFFF4.525
810Jon LillisUSA95.47bFFdF4.525
914Liu ZhongqingCHN94.57bFFdF4.525

Final Round 3 (18 February 2018 — 20:52)

Judge #1Qiu ZhaoyiCHN
Judge #2Petr KnyazevRUS
Judge #3Midori TakanoJPN
Judge #4Jürg MüllerSUI
Judge #5Ian HutchingsCAN
PosOrdSkierNOCPointsCodeDifficulty
16Oleksandr AbramenkoUKR128.51bFFdF4.525
22Jia ZongyangCHN128.05bFFdF4.525
37Ilya BurovROC122.17bFFdF4.525
416Pavel KrotovROC103.17bFFdF4.525
58Olivier RochonCAN98.11bLtFF4.650
615Stanislau HladchankaBLR92.61bdFdFF4.900