Lassila and Scott win aerials gold and silver
Sunday, 26 February 2017
A three-year hiatus for 2010 Olympic aerial skiing champion has not phased Lydia Lassila, finding remarkable form to win her second World Cup event of the year.
The time away from the sport allowed her to give birth to her second son. Returning to the highest level of competition only last month but has won two of the four World Cup events she has contested and leapt to third on the world rankings.
“My jumping is getting better as the season goes on,” Lassila said. “This week, we were a lot smarter. It was pretty windy but we got it right today.”
It was a one-two finish for Australia and the Victorian Institute of Sport with Danielle Scott placing second which allowed her to regain the overall standings ranking, albeit by just two points over Xu Mengtao of China.
Lassila completed a near perfect triple-twisting double somersault that scored 97.64 points. Scott (94.47) and Xu (91.29) performed the same jump.
Samantha Wells was agonisingly close to completing the Australian podium sweep, finishing in fifth place.
Laura Peel started the day brilliantly, making it four out of four Flying Kangaroos through to the top twelve but cam unstuck on the landing in the first final and was unable to join her team mates in the top six.
Dave Morris didn’t have the day he hoped for and was disappointed to not progress to the top twelve after missing the landing and placing 24th.