In the women’s qualifying, Australia was particularly impressive claiming the top two places and three of the top five.
All Australian female athletes jumped a back full-full, a double twisting double back somersault, with Samantha Wells in first with a score of 89.14, Danielle Scott second (88.83), Lydia Lassila fifth (86.31) and Laura Peel ninth (81.27).
Making an inspiring return was Lydia Lassila, qualifying fifth in her first competition since winning bronze at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and giving birth to her second son.
In the men’s event, David Morris scored 115.64 for his back lay-double full-full jump, a triple back somersault with three twists, qualifying for the final in fourth place.
Finals in Lake Placid commence at 12:15pm AEST.
IMAGE: David Morris flying high above Lake Placid during training © FIS