A veteran of four Olympic Games competitions - and a medallist in two of those Games, with a gold at Vancouver 2010 and a bronze at Sochi 2014 - 35-year-old Lydia Lassila appeared to be done with competition following her exceptional performance in Sochi, stepping back to focus on raising her young family.
However, as time passed and the countdown to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games became more urgent, the competitive side of Lassila's nature began bubbling up to the surface, and by the time the aerials World Cup season had reached it's second competition in Lake Placid, who should be back on the start list but the great veteran herself.
And as it has turned out thus far, the comeback has been well-advised. A sixth-place result at Lake Placid (USA) established that the 2016/17 season wouldn't be a mere vanity project. A win in her next competition at Deer Valley (USA), though? Suddenly the entire narrative leading up to aerials competition at the PyeongChang Games would have to be rewritten.
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|1608110.01.2014||Aerials||Deer Valley||USA||World Cup||22||90.00|
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