It’s been an amazing Aerial season to date with every one of the five-member squad contributing to Australia’s ten medal tally.
Amid the joy of Lydia Lassila’s third gold and Laura Peel’s bronze last week in Moscow, some disappointment for Danielle Scott who was so close to clinching the world overall top spot and Dave Morris and Sam Wells who would have liked to have made the final, it was up and out of Russia very early last Sunday to prepare for the Sierra Nevada World Championships.
The setting is beautiful – or as Sochi Silver medallist Dave Morris said, “I don't think there's ever been a cooler backdrop than the mogul course in Sierra Nevada.”
Because of warmer-than usual temperatures the jumps were not quite ready for training yesterday and was cancelled as organisers and team technicians worked together to strengthen the three Aerials jumps’ groups ahead of the qualifications which begin in less than twelve hours at 2.15am Friday (AEDT).
“The usual technique in the case of high temperatures consists of putting ice in the centre of the slope, which helps for a better restraint,” Organisers stated.
The format for Aerial Skiing World Championships mirrors that of the Olympic Winter Games with an additional finals round, requiring the athletes to execute a third and different jump if they make it to the final top six.
The top twelve qualifiers advance to a final round of nine before a Super Final for the top six.
Australia’s Flying Kangaroos Aerial Skiing team have landed ten medals so far this season and will be hoping to add to that tally before the finals have been completed on Saturday morning at 5.30am AEDT.
The finals can be watched live on Eurosport or on live stream at Ski & Snowboard Australia’s website https://www.skiandsnowboard.org.au/2017-snowboard--freestyle-world-champs/