Victorian Institute of Sport

Lassila returns in style

Monday, 06 February 2017

She was happy to just stay on her feet but aerial skiing mum Lydia Lassila did a lot more than that as she continued her comeback in the US on the weekend.

The veteran Winter Olympian was competing in only her second event since the birth of her second child and winning bronze in Sochi three years ago, when she came up with a stunning win in the World Cup aerial skiing event in Deer Valley, Utah.

The day unfolded with Lassila qualifying fifth and fellow VIS athlete Danielle Scott second with both moving into the Top 12 Final.

As the weather worsened and took its toll on the aerialists, including Scott who was caught in a sudden cross wind as she took off, Lassila fought through to come out on top going into the Super Final and a shot at the podium.

With American Kiley McKinnon scoring an impressive 95.17 in the six-athlete super final and Lydia last to jump, it was tense viewing – wondering if the mother-of-two could lift by almost ten points from the first final to create the upset win that no-one really expected.

Performing the same Full Double Full as McKinnon, Lydia executed brilliantly and was awarded accordingly with 95.52 points and a World Cup gold. Scott finished in 12th place overall.

Fellow VIS athletes Laura Peel and Samantha Wells found the conditions difficult and did not progress past the qualification round.

The next stop on the World Cup calendar is the Olympic test event in Bokwang, Korea on 10 February.

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