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Freestyle Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's Aerials

Freestyle Skiing at the 1994 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Kanthaugen Freestyle Arena, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 21, 1994
Date Finished: February 24, 1994

Gold: UZB Lina Cheryazova
Silver: SWE Marie Lindgren
Bronze: NOR Hilde Synnøve Lid

Summary

The heavy favorite was Uzbeki Lina Cheryazova who had won all the World Cup events on the 1993-94 circuit. But she barely made the final, placing 12th in qualifying to secure the last spot in the final. Two other medal favorites, Nikki Stone (USA) and Colette Brand (SUI) performed even worse, placing 13th and 15th, and did not make the final. The final was different as her back-lay-tuck-full earned her 92.92 points, to take an 11+ point lead over Sweden’s Marie Lindgren. Cheryazova placed only sixth in the second round, but her lead was sufficient to earn her the gold medal, the first Olympic medal ever won for Uzbekistan. Lindgren again placed second on her second jump to win silver. The bronze medal went to Norway’s Hilda Synnøve Lid, who had the best jump of the second round with her back full-full. Shortly after the gold medal ceremony, Cheryazova was told that her mother had died three weeks earlier while she was training for the Olympics. Her dying wish had been not to tell her daughter, so she could concentrate on winning the gold medal. Five months later, on 13 July 1994, Cheryazova slammed her head against a jump ramp while training in Lake Placid, New York. Sustaining a brain injury, she was in a coma for over a week, but recovered and returned to competition in 1995 and competed again at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lina Cheryazova 25 Uzbekistan UZB Gold
2 Marie Lindgren 23 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Hilde Synnøve Lid 22 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Maja Schmid 26 Switzerland SUI
5 Nataliya Shertsneva 20 Ukraine UKR
6 Kirstie Marshall 24 Australia AUS
7 Tracy Evans 26 United States USA
8 Caroline Olivier 22 Canada CAN
9 Elfie Simchen 26 Germany GER
10 Yuliya Rakovich 19 Belarus BLR
11 Inna Paliyenko 24 Ukraine UKR
12 Nataliya Orekhova 21 Russia RUS
13 Nikki Stone 23 United States USA
14 Liselotte Johansson 23 Sweden SWE
15 Colette Brand 26 Switzerland SUI
16 Jacqui Cooper 21 Australia AUS
17 Yin Hong 18 China CHN
18 Ji Xiaoou 13 China CHN
19 Katherina Kubenk 23 Canada CAN
20 Kristean Porter 22 United States USA
21 Jilly Curry 30 Great Britain GBR
22 Sonja Reichart 29 Germany GER