Aerial Skiiers get close, but not close enough
Monday, 19 February 2018
Yes, it was a huge weekend for the VIS “family” firstly watching Lydia’s career come to an end and then focusing on Danielle Scott, Laura Peel and David Morris in the finals of the Aerials.
Peel forced her way through to the final six and was rated a medal prospect before finishing in fifth place. Laura has watched the two athletes before her crash out and sensing the chance to finish on the podium she upped her “degree of difficulty”. In challenging and blustery conditions she was unable to perfect her landing.
“It was tough out there tonight,” Peel said.
“In the first two runs I was pretty slow and we were really struggling with the wind out there.”
Teammate Danny Scott went into the final 12-ranked 5th but crashed out in her only jump to miss advancing to the final 9.
In the men’s competition, David Morris finished in 10th place, one spot outside of the final 9.
Morris looked likely to progress into the final 9 after scoring a 111.95 on his opening quad twisting triple somersault. The effervescent Maths teacher from Park Orchards worked hard to stay upright on his landing, and that was to prove a telling moment.
Eight other athletes had superior landings and although China’s Jia Zongyang crashed the judges ruled Jia had maintained control for a long enough period.
With Morris missing the podium finish, PyeongChang is the first Olympics since Nagano in 1998 the country has not collected an aerials medal.
Photo Credit: AOC