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Freestyle Skiing at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Aerials

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Sauze d'Oulx-Jouvenceaux
Date Started: February 20, 2006
Date Finished: February 23, 2006

Gold: CHN Han Xiaopeng
Silver: BLR Dmitry Dashchinsky
Bronze: RUS Vladimir Lebedev

Summary

Two Canadians were among the favorites, with Steve Omischl having won the 2005 World Champion, and Kyle Nissen leading the World Cup standings in the 2005-06 season. But Omischl bombed out in the qualifying and Nissen qualifed only seventh, as China’s Han Xiaopeng, a former acrobat, led the qualifying round over Belarussian Dmitry Dashchinsky, although Han had never won a World Cup event. Dashchinsky took a narrow lead over Han in the first round of the final, with Nissen still struggling, placing eighth. Nissen had the best jump in the second round of the final with his back-full double-full-full, but his poor first jump kept him only in fifth place. Han placed fourth in the second round with Dashchinsky fifth, but Han was able to edge ahead of the Belarussian and win the gold medal, with the bronze going to Russian Vladimir Lebedev. This was a major surprise to Dashchinsky. When he landed his final jump, he and the crowd thought he had won, and he was waving a Belarussian flag in triumph, until his score was announced. In 2007, Han won the World Championships, but thru 2009, had still not won a World Cup event. With his gold medal, he became the first Chinese man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Han Xiaopeng 22 China CHN Gold
2 Dmitry Dashchinsky 28 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Vladimir Lebedev 21 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Aleksey Grishin 26 Belarus BLR
5 Kyle Nissen 26 Canada CAN
6 Warren Shouldice 22 Canada CAN
7 Jeret Peterson 24 United States USA
8 Anton Kushnir 21 Belarus BLR
9 Yevgeny Brailovsky 22 Russia RUS
10 Renato Ulrich 22 Switzerland SUI
11 Qiu Sen 24 China CHN
12 Enver Ablaiev 26 Ukraine UKR
13 Stanislav Kravchuk 27 Ukraine UKR
14 Thomas Lambert 21 Switzerland SUI
15 Joe Pack 27 United States USA
16 Ryan St. Onge 23 United States USA
17 Eric Bergoust 36 United States USA
18 Liu Zhongqing 20 China CHN
19 Jeff Bean 29 Canada CAN
20 Steve Omischl 27 Canada CAN
21 Aleš Valenta 33 Czech Republic CZE
22 Aurélien Lohrer 24 France FRA
23 Ou Xiaotao 26 China CHN
24 Dmitry Rak 29 Belarus BLR
25 Ken Mizuno 27 Japan JPN
26 Ihor Ishutko 23 Ukraine UKR
27 Oleksandr Abramenko 17 Ukraine UKR
28 Clyde Getty 44 Argentina ARG