Scott’s impressive performance saw her finish in 6th place, giving her the best result of the Australian team competing in the World Cup eighth round event.
It was the second consecutive time that the 22-year-old Australian Institute of Sport / Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder has created a new personal benchmark.
With World Cup gold and bronze medals to her name, Laura Peel has been the team’s top performer this season, however, Scott’s consistency has placed her in every final of the seven rounds contested by the AIS / VIS squad.
To ease Scott into World Cup competition, it was originally planned that the Mt Buller skier would return to Australia after the fifth round in Deer Valley, USA.
However, AIS aerial skiing program coaching and support staff have been so impressed by Scott’s consistency in competition and improvement, that her tour has been extended and she will now complete in the season’s remaining World Cup rounds in Moscow, Russia, and Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway.
Immediately after the medal ceremony, which saw China’s Yu Yang, Switzerland’s Tanja Schaerer and China’s Xin Zhang presented with the gold, silver and bronze, Scott emailed her number one fans, her mother and father, who were anxiously waiting on news to reach them in Sydney.
“I am really pleased by this result and I can’t wait to compete in the last two events of the year,” Scott said.
“I am very grateful to the OWI, AIS and VIS as well as my parents. Without their assistance, I could not have done this.
“Mum and Dad are over the moon.”
Scott’s 6th place in the final, after qualifying 10th, was made even more impressive due to the challenging warmer than usual conditions and strong head winds. A large quantity of salt was added to the run up areas, and along with head winds, speed approaching the take off ramp was affected.
More experienced athletes usually have the knowhow to compensate for uncommon conditions, yet Scott showed composure and adaptability, despite being a World Cup rookie, on her way to her best World Cup result.
Teammates Laura Peel, who is now 5th in the world, finished 12th after failing to land her full-full jump cleanly in the final after qualifying in 5th place while Sam Wells, another World Cup rookie, was 13th just missing the cut for a spot in the final by sixty-five hundredths of a point..
The team’s next World Cup event is on March 10 in Moscow.