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Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's Aerials

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 20, 2010
Date Finished: February 24, 2010

Gold: AUS Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila
Silver: CHN Li Nina
Bronze: CHN Guo Xinxin

Summary

China had been dominating the women's aerials event in the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, having captured 14 of the 18 podium spots during the 2009-2010 World Cup circuit. This left Li Nina, Guo Xinxin, and Xu Mengtao ranked first, second, and third respectively in the world and all were strong contenders at the for the Olympic medals. In addition, Li and Xu had won gold and silver respectively at the 2009 World Championships. Not to be counted out, however, was Australia's Lydia Lassila, who was fourth ranked in the world and had won the only two gold medals missed by China in the 2009-2010 World Cup.

After the qualification round, only four countries had competitors left for the final: Belarus had two, Australia and the United States had three each, and China had four. Alla Tsuper of Belarus had the top qualifying score, but soon found herself trailing the back after her first jump in the final, leaving Xu, Lassila, and Assol Slivets of Belarus in the top three spots going into the second jump of the final. Excellent jumps by Guo and Li allowed them to capture the first two spots on the podium with only three competitors to go, but Lassila's final run proved superior and, after Xu failed to make her landing, she became the second Australian woman to win gold in women's aerials, after Alisa Camplin.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lydia Ierodiaconou-Lassila 28 Australia AUS Gold
2 Li Nina 27 China CHN Silver
3 Guo Xinxin 26 China CHN Bronze
4 Assol Slivets 27 Belarus BLR
5 Jacqui Cooper 37 Australia AUS
6 Xu Mengtao 19 China CHN
7 Cheng Shuang 23 China CHN
8 Alla Tsuper 30 Belarus BLR
9 Lacy Schnoor 24 United States USA
10 Ashley Caldwell 16 United States USA
11 Emily Cook 30 United States USA
12 Liz Gardner 29 Australia AUS
13 Nadiya Didenko 23 Ukraine UKR
14 Olha Volkova 23 Ukraine UKR
15 Veronika Bauer 30 Canada CAN
16 Evelyne Leu 33 Switzerland SUI
17 Jana Lindsey 25 United States USA
18 Bree Munro 28 Australia AUS
19 Tanja Schärer 20 Switzerland SUI
20 Olha Poliuk 22 Ukraine UKR
21 Martina Konopová 23 Czech Republic CZE
22 Sarah Ainsworth 24 Great Britain GBR
23 Zhibek Arapbayeva 18 Kazakhstan KAZ