VAL ST. COME, CAN, 12 JAN 2013 – Under foggy skies and in warm, damp conditions, the FIS Freestyle aerials World Cup made it's second stop of the season in Val St. Come, Quebec, Canada. While the wet, heavy snow in the landing zone and less-than-ideal visibility made things challenging for athletes and organizer alike, in the end competition went off without a hitch and two more winners were crowned in the young World Cup aerials season.
On the ladies' side, Mengtao Xu (CHN) continued her run of dominance with another first place finish, though she took the hard road to get there by barely squeaking into the big final in 4th place. However, once she was there she made no mistakes, as she was the only woman to score over a 100 points on her way to the win, banking a score of 104.50.
Similarly to last week, the Val St. Come competition saw the resurgent 2010 Olympic champion Lydia Lassila (AUS) again in the runner-up position, scoring 95.52. And, also like last week, this week's event saw a Chinese athlete occupying the number 3 spot on the podium, though this time it was Xu's teammate Yang Yu earning a spot on the podium with a score of 91.29.
On the men's side, it was cagey veteran Dmitri Dashinski (BLR) who stepped up to claim the win with a score of 120.24 after following Xu's lead and just finding his way into the final in 4th place. It was the 13th win of Dashinski's career and his second win in a row dating back to last year, as he did not compete last week in China.
Runner-up to Dashinski was young Canadian skier Travis Gerrits, who picked up his first World Cup podium on home soil, after missing much of last season with a knee injury, by chalking up a score of 114.61. Following Gerrits was Zhou Hang (CHN) with a score of 100.45.
The next aerials event gets underway in Lake Placid on January 18th.
FULL MEN'S RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE