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Freestyle Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women'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 18, 2002

Gold: AUS Alisa Camplin
Silver: CAN Veronica Brenner
Bronze: CAN Deidra Dionne

Summary

Australian Jacqui Cooper was to be heavily favored, having led the World Cup in 1999, 2000, and 2001. But the week before the competition, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and could not compete. This left the event wide open. Cooper’s Australian teammate, Alisa Camplin, was a former gymnast with great ability on her jumps, but was noted to be a rather mediocre skier for this level of competition. She placed second in the qualifying round behind Switzerland’s Evelyne Leu, who set a world best with her qualifying total of 203.16. But Leu had difficulty in the final with two poor landings and would finish only 11th. On the first jump of the final, the leader was Olga Koroleva (RUS) followed by Belarussian Alla Tsuper, with Camplin in third. But Koroleva and Tsuper fell back in the second round, as their jumps had low degree of difficulty. The Russian officials did not agree, and protested Koroleva’s low scores, to no avail. This left it open for Camplin, who again placed third in the second round, trailing Canadians Deidra Dionne and Veronica Brenner. But that was sufficient to get the gold medal for Camplin, with Brenner the silver medalist, and Dionne winning bronze. This was Australia’s second ever Winter Olympic gold, only a few days after Steven Bradbury’s surprise win in short-track speedskating.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alisa Camplin 27 Australia AUS Gold
2 Veronica Brenner 27 Canada CAN Silver
3 Deidra Dionne 20 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Olga Korolyova 22 Russia RUS
5 Li Nina 19 China CHN
6 Anna Zukal 16 Russia RUS
7 Nataliya Orekhova 29 Russia RUS
8 Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila 20 Australia AUS
9 Alla Tsuper 22 Belarus BLR
10 Veronika Bauer 22 Canada CAN
11 Evelyne Leu 25 Switzerland SUI
12 Xu Nannan 23 China CHN
13 Assol Slivets 19 Belarus BLR
14 Tracy Evans 34 United States USA
15 Tetiana Kozachenko 20 Ukraine UKR
16 Hilde Synnøve Lid 30 Norway NOR
17 Brenda Petzold 28 United States USA
18 Wang He 18 China CHN
19 Guo Xinxin 18 China CHN
20 Manuela Müller 21 Switzerland SUI
21 Liselotte Johansson 31 Sweden SWE