Scott’s impressive position has resulted from the weekend’s double header in Beijing, China, where she picked up 80 points in the season opener with a second place in a nail biting super final and a further 50 points as a result of a fourth best score in the qualification session of the team event overnight (Australian time).
China’s Mengtao Xu leads the standings with 200 points, ahead of American Kiley McKinnon, who has 10 points more than the Australian.
Along with fellow OWIA/VIS athletes Laura Peel, currently ninth on the standing, and Renee McElduff, who is in 11th position, Scott is moving towards the elite ranks after just three years on the World Cup circuit.
While the three Australians were unable to progress to the finals in the team event, coach Jeff Bean said that the event still provided a numbers of positive aspects for the season ahead.
“We learn a lot from every competition day and this was no exception,” he said.
“All three girls were able to compete performing their highest degree of difficulty jumps, which is great training for the rest of the season and World Championships in January.
“Dani had a great two days of competition.
“In the sport of aerials everything we do is magnified so a small mistake can drastically change your result.
“Dani was very focused on staying calm and she did that in both competitions. In the end it all comes down to good hard training which all the girls have done.”
Bean said that another of the pleasing things to come from the Beijing double header was McElduff’s performances in the two events.
“Renee had never scored over 80 points on her full full before and she did it twice here,” Bean said.
The team now starts a Christmas break until December 30 when they will head back to Ruka, Finland, for a 10-day training camp in preparation for the World Championships.