It has been a productive camp so far for AIS athletes David Morris, Laura Peel, Danielle Scott, Samantha Wells, Jessica McIlwraith and VIS development athlete Renee McElduff. It is the first time Renee has jumped on snow. Over the weekend, Ski Sport Finland hosted a double Europa Cup event in Ruka. The competition was against a field including athletes from Great Britain, Belarus, Switzerland, Russia and the Ukraine.
Anton Kushnir of Belarus won both men's events, with David Morris placed fifth and seventh on respective days. Dave has recently started training triples on-snow again in the lead up to the opening World Cup events of this season, being held in Beida Lake, China, on December 17 and 18.
This event actually marked the first competition experience for Laura, Samantha and Renee in aerials. Samantha finished highest ranked of the girls in fourth position on Day 1, while Danielle was ranked highest in fifth position on Day 2.
Day 1 - December 4
5 - MORRIS, David - 187.41 points
4 - WELLS, Samantha - 115.85
6 - PEEL, Laura - 113.21
7 - MCILWRAITH, Jessica - 112.38
9 - SCOTT, Danielle - 109.97
13 - McELDUFF, Renee - 100.80
Day 2 - December 5
7 - MORRIS, David - 170.63
5 - SCOTT, Danielle - 120.53
8 - WELLS, Samantha - 112.78
10 - MCILWRAITH, Jessica - 110.61
12 - PEEL, Laura - 101.05
13 - McELDUFF, Renee - 80.60
The female athletes will remain in Finland until December 20 and then head over to train and compete in North America.