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Freestyle Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's Aerials

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Deer Valley Resort, Deer Valley, Utah
Date Started: February 16, 2002
Date Finished: February 19, 2002

Gold: CZE Aleš Valenta
Silver: USA Joe Pack
Bronze: BLR Aleksey Grishin

Summary

For the third consecutive Olympics, the qualifying round was led by a Belarussian, this time Aleksey Grishin. In second in the qualifying was the defending champion Eric Bergoust (USA), who was the favorite. Also highly considered was the Czech Aleš Valenta, who was known for his high degree of difficulty, and who had placed fourth at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The first round of the final was very close, with only five points separating the top seven aerialists. Bergoust led with 130.38, after a back full-double full-full (bFdFF), with Grishin second and Valenta sixth. In the second round, Valenta successfully completed a back-double full-double full-full, which had only been landed three times previously, all by him. As the last jumper, Bergoust still had a chance, but he fell back on his landing, placing last in that round, and last among the finalists. American Joe Pack, a Mormon competing in Salt Lake City, won the silver medal. He had been third in the first jump, and only sixth in the second round, but his consistency moved him up to second place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleš Valenta 29 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Joe Pack 23 United States USA Silver
3 Aleksey Grishin 22 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Jeff Bean 25 Canada CAN
5 Stanislav Kravchuk 23 Ukraine UKR
6 Brian Currutt 27 United States USA
7 Dmitry Dashchinsky 24 Belarus BLR
8 Andy Capicik 28 Canada CAN
9 Jeret Peterson 20 United States USA
10 Dmitry Rak 25 Belarus BLR
11 Steve Omischl 23 Canada CAN
12 Eric Bergoust 32 United States USA
13 Christian Kaufmann 25 Switzerland SUI
14 Vladimir Lebedev 17 Russia RUS
15 Dmitry Arkhipov 20 Russia RUS
16 Nicolas Fontaine 31 Canada CAN
17 Miha Gale 25 Slovenia SLO
18 Qiu Sen 20 China CHN
19 Ou Xiaotao 21 China CHN
20 Taku Nakanishi 29 Japan JPN
21 Martin Walti 20 Switzerland SUI
22 Enver Ablaiev 22 Ukraine UKR
23 Aleksandr Mikhaylov 31 Russia RUS
24 Han Xiaopeng 18 China CHN
25 Clyde Getty 40 Argentina ARG