Although the 22-year-old Australian Institute of Sport / Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder is still going through an “experience building” phase in her aerials career, Peel was surprised when she secured third place in the event.
Alongside the Australian on the podium were the Ukrainian winner Olga Volkova and American Emily Cook in second place.
Peel said she was “super-stoked” by her performance in the new competition format which is based on a qualifying round, a first final from the top 12 qualifiers, with the top four then going into a super final to determine podium places.
The Mt Buller skier fought back from eighth place in qualifying to win the first final with the most difficult jump in her repertoire, a double twisting double somersault, and advanced to the super final.
The Super Final is a one jump shoot-out. With regulations preventing an athlete from using the same jump in the first final and the super final, Peel opted for her lay-full jump in the super final, a double somersault with a full twist in the second somersault.
Apart from the excitement of winning her first World Cup medal, Peel said she was pleased that she successfully executed a new jump that she has added to her repertoire during the off season.
“It was awesome to finish third but I wasn’t really expecting it,” Peel admitted.
“I never expected a podium at all this season.
“I still need to increase the level of difficulty to go further but it was an awesome result.
“I hope I can make the final at least a few more times this season.”
Samantha Wells, Renee McElduff and Danielle Scott all performed a Lay Tuck double somersault jump in their debut World Cup competition. All three athletes executed very well with strong landings in the competition and placed in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively.
The AIS/VIS Aerial Skiing team will travel to Lake Placid in the United States to compete in the seasons second round next weekend.