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Women's Aerials

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Sauze d'Oulx-Jouvenceaux
Date Started: February 21, 2006
Date Finished: February 22, 2006

Gold: SUI Evelyne Leu
Silver: CHN Li Nina
Bronze: AUS Alisa Camplin

Summary

The World Cup leader in 2005-06 was Switzerland’s Evelyne Leu, while the 2005 World Champion was Li Nina of China. Also competing was the Australian gold medalist from 2002, Alisa Camplin, and her teammate, Jacqui Cooper, who had been favored in 2002 only to tear her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) a week before the Salt Lake City Olympics. Camplin was herself returning from major knee reconstructive surgery in 2005. The event had to be postponed two days because of heavy snow.

In the qualifying round, Cooper had the best score on both runs, and her total of 213.56 was a world best score for women’s aerials. In the first run of the final, the three leaders were all Chinese, with Li in second place, behind Guo Xinxin leading, and the 1998 Olympic silver medalist, Xu Nannan, in third. Camplin was in fourth, and Leu fifth, while Cooper could not repeat her qualifying success, and would eventually place eighth, falling on both of her jumps. In the second round, Leu had by far the best run, with her back full-full-full, and moved up to win the gold medal. Li held onto second place, while Camplin moved up to a bronze medal, with Xu dropping down to fourth. In 2007, Cooper would return to win her fourth World Cup title, the most ever by a freestyle aerials skier.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Evelyne Leu 29 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Li Nina 23 China CHN Silver
3 Alisa Camplin 31 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Xu Nannan 27 China CHN
5 Assol Slivets 23 Belarus BLR
6 Guo Xinxin 22 China CHN
7 Manuela Müller 25 Switzerland SUI
8 Jacqui Cooper 33 Australia AUS
9 Anna Zukal 20 Russia RUS
10 Alla Tsuper 26 Belarus BLR
11 Wang He 22 China CHN
12 Veronika Bauer 26 Canada CAN
13 Olha Volkova 19 Ukraine UKR
14 Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila 24 Australia AUS
15 Amber Peterson 23 Canada CAN
16 Jana Lindsey 21 United States USA
17 Olga Korolyova 26 Russia RUS
18 Tetiana Kozachenko 24 Ukraine UKR
19 Emily Cook 26 United States USA
20 Nadiya Didenko 19 Ukraine UKR
21 Kayo Henmi 26 Japan JPN
22 Deidra Dionne 24 Canada CAN
23 Liz Gardner 25 Australia AUS