Another strong member of the incredible Chinese aerials team, Qi Guangpu has been in the top three in the end of season aerials rankings in four of the past five seasons.
While Guangpu has been a solid competitor on the World Cup circuit since the 2006-06 when he joined the tour at only 16 years of age, he began to hit his stride in late 2009, and has put together 14 podium performances and five victories since that time.
It was his late-season heroics in the 2012-13 season that elevated him to the next level, however, and his big-money performances in big-time events - including gold at the Voss 2013 Freestyle World Ski Championships - that placed him on par with teammate Jia Zongyang on the favorites list heading into the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
However, at Sochi, both Qi and Jia fell on their jumps in the final round, with Qi's mistake being rated more severe. So close to Olympic hardware in the four man superfinal, Qi was heartbreaking forced to settle for fourth place.
In 2014/15 Qi was able to atone for his Olympic disappointment somewhat, successfully defending his world champion claim with a win at Kreischberg 2015 while scoring podiums in all four of the events he entered in a shortened campaign.
2015/16 was another shortened campaign for Qi, as he and a large portion of his Chinese teammates chose to limit their competition time for the second straight season. Both the Beijing and Deer Valley stops on last season's World Cup circuit featured two competitions, however, and Qi had a pair of interesting results at both locations, scoring a win and an 18th place finish - twice. With those two wins, Qi was able to finish up the season ranked fourth overall despite only competing in four of the season's six events.
While he would not be able to defend his gold medal at the Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, Qi was able to once again rise to the top of the World Cup standings in 2016/17, earning podiums in all five events he entered on the season (two victories, three runner-up) to score the second aerials crystal globe of his career.
Though the 2017/18 season will be the 12th of his career, at 27 years old Qi Guangpu remains at the top of his game, and will head into the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea as his nation's bast bet to return to the top of the Olympic podium.
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