While picking a favorite from the deep and talented pool of Chinese aerialists may seem a moot point when one glances at a list of the different athletes who have won recent World Cup events for the team, over the last several seasons Jia Zongyang has emerged as the strongest of a strong bunch.
Zongyang made his World Cup debut on home soil at Adventure Mountain, CHN, in 2008. Exactly one year later, also on home soil, he claimed both his first podium and his first victory, in Changchun.
Since then, Zongyang has shown remarkable consistency, placing outside of the top-10 in only six out of 24 career World Cup starts, while also scoring 11 podiums in that time - 9 of which were victories.
It's the type of consistency that resulted in Jia Zongyang taking the 2012-13 aerials Crystal Globe after a runner-up performance in 2011-12, as well as rewarding him with a bronze-medal performance at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, NOR.
Zongyang's worst performance of the 2012-13 season came under difficult conditions at the Olympic test event in Sochi, where he placed 11th.
While competition from both outside and inside of the Chinese team was strong (Zongyang's teammate Qi Guangpu won in Sochi as well as at the Voss World Championships), Zongyang was able to score some redemption when he returned for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, earning a bronze medal despite falling spectacularly in the landing of his super final jump.
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