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Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's Aerials

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 22, 2010
Date Finished: February 25, 2010

Gold: BLR Aleksey Grishin
Silver: USA Jeret Peterson
Bronze: CHN Liu Zhongqing

Summary

China and Belarus entered the Men's Aerials competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics as the two countries with the most medaling potential. Of the 18 podium spots at the 2009-2010 World Cup circuit, these two nations had stood in 15 of them, with Anton Kushnir of Belarus holding 6 of those medals. Qi Guangpu (3) and Jia Zongyang (2) of China were the only others to have captured more than one. Belarus also had Dmitry Dashchinsky, who won bronze and silver at the 1998 and 2006 Olympics respectively and was runner-up at two World Championships in 2001 and 2007. The defending Olympic champion was Han Xiaopeng of China. Jia was the top qualifier in the initial round, and disastrous second jumps from Kushnir and Han left them out of contention for this finals.

North America had dominated the podium at the 2009 World Championships, with Ryan St. Onge of the United States and Steve Omischl and Warren "Wookie" Shouldice of Canada claiming the top three spots, but all had problematic first runs in the finals, leaving them unlikely to medal. The top three spots were a mixed bag: Liu Zhongqing of China, who had one silver medal in the latest World Cup, won the bronze, the troubled Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who had been ejected from the 2006 Olympic games after a drunken fight, captured the silver by successfully executing his five-spin, three-somersault "Hurricane" jump, and Aleksey Grishin of Belarus, a 2001 World Champion and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, took home the gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksey Grishin 30 Belarus BLR Gold
2 Jeret Peterson 28 United States USA Silver
3 Liu Zhongqing 24 China CHN Bronze
4 Ryan St. Onge 27 United States USA
5 Kyle Nissen 30 Canada CAN
6 Jia Zongyang 18 China CHN
7 Qi Guangpu 19 China CHN
8 Steve Omischl 31 Canada CAN
9 Timofey Slivets 25 Belarus BLR
10 Warren Shouldice 26 Canada CAN
11 Dmitry Dashchinsky 32 Belarus BLR
12 Thomas Lambert 25 Switzerland SUI
13 David Morris 25 Australia AUS
14 Andreas Isoz 25 Switzerland SUI
15 Anton Kushnir 25 Belarus BLR
16 Christian Hächler 26 Switzerland SUI
17 Matt Depeters 22 United States USA
18 Renato Ulrich 26 Switzerland SUI
19 Stanislav Kravchuk 31 Ukraine UKR
20 Dmitry Marushchak 29 Russia RUS
21 Han Xiaopeng 26 China CHN
22 Enver Ablaiev 30 Ukraine UKR
23 Scotty Bahrke 24 United States USA
24 Oleksandr Abramenko 21 Ukraine UKR