Saturday, January 19, 2013
China's Zongyang, Yang win freestyle events
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Zongyang Jia of China won his second men's aerials title in two days and teammate Yang Yu took the women's competition at the USANA Freestyle World Cup on Saturday.
Zongyang, who leads the men's aerials World Cup standings, won with a score of 115.38 points. Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus finished second to claim his second medal in eight days after winning the last World Cup aerials event in Val Saint Come, Quebec. Russia's Petr Medulich was third.
The competition included three rounds that whittled the men's and women's fields down to 12 for the second round, and then four for the final round.
Zongyang won in the last round with a back-double-full-full-full jump. Dashinski earned the silver with a final jump of 112.72 points and Medulich took the bronze with 110.62 points on his last attempt.
Yang was the lone skier who landed her jump in the women's final round, with the other three finalists falling on a day that saw temperatures rise, which made the snow on the landing hill heavier and wetter as the competition progressed.
Australia's Lydia Lassila, the aerials gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, finished second and China's Mengtao Xu finished third. Xu had won three straight titles in Lake Placid prior to Saturday dating back to last January when she swept the two World Cup competitions at the Olympic Ski Jump Complex.
Yang won with 85.65 points, Lassila finished with 79.04 points and Xu had a jump of 74.48 points in the final round.
The silver medal was the third of the season for the veteran Lassila, who stopped competing after Vancouver to have a baby. Her 20-month old son, Kai, is back home in Australia.
Two U.S. Ski Team members moved into the round of 12 but neither reached the finals. In the women's competition, Kiley McKinnon finished 10th for the U.S. women, and Nevin Brown placed seventh in the men's contest.