Victorian Institute of Sport

Scott retains top world ranking

Monday, 16 January 2017

VIS aerial skier Danielle Scott maintained her world No 1 ranking when the World Cup circuit resumed at Lake Placid in North America over the weekend.

Scott finished second (92.00) with an almost flawless triple-twisting double somersault but was outgunned by American Ashley Caldwell’s degree of difficulty.

However Scott’s early season consistency (a second, a first and a second from three competitions) has propelled her to the top of the World Cup standings.

Reigning World Champion Laura Peel finished fifth (75.78) as she continued her return from ­injury and Olympic gold medallist Lydia Lassila made a promising return to finish sixth (61.68) in her first competition for three years.

In the semi-final, Lassila looked more nervous than she did before her Olympic gold medal jump in Vancouver in 2010, but she qualified for the six-woman final in third place after executing a strong double-twisting double somersault.

However, adding a third twist for the final brought her undone. She was late on the landing, and flipped forward when her skis touched down, losing any chance of a podium finish.

But it is early days for the 34 year old quadruple Olympian’s comeback and she will only ­improve from here.

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