Mengtao XU

Mengtao XU
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China P.R
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  • With a podium in only her second ever World Cup start - a 3rd on home soil at Beida Lake, CHN - current World Champion Mengtao Xu has made it clear from the early going that hers is a special talent.

    The leader of the powerhouse Chinese aerials team, Mengtao built quickly on her initial success, working through brief patches of inconsistency to reach a point where, now, the 2012-13 ladies' Freestyle overall Crystal Globe winner is essentially a lock to reach the podium in nearly every competition she enters.

    Since a 7th place finish in the 2009-10 season, Mengtao has gone on a astonishing run that has seen her standing on the podium in 18 consecutive World Cup events, with 11 wins, four runner-up, and two 3rd-place finishes claimed during that period. In 34 career events, Mengtao has been on the podium 24 times. It's impressive stuff.

    Add to that the above-mentioned World Championships gold from Voss in 2013, two World Championship silver medals (from Deer Valley in 2011 and Inawshiro in 2009), and her ever-growing collection of Crystal Globes, and you begin to get a portrait of an athlete at the top of her game.

    Watch the always-smiling Mengtao take off from an aerials jump in real life, however, and you see poetry in motion - a technique that defines control and power. Hers is the only bag of tricks on the ladies' circuit that currently includes triple-flipping maneuvers performed off the largest of the aerials kickers. It's a distinction that definitively sets her apart from the rest of the field, as long as she sticks her landings.

    Mengtao put on a strong performance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to claim the silver medal, with a minor mistake in her super final jump likely being the one thing that held her from gold.

Latest World Cup Results

DateDisciplinePlaceCountryCatRankPoints
1608918.01.2014AerialsLake PlacidUSAWorld Cup4500.00
1608514.01.2014AerialsVal St. ComeCANWorld Cup10260.00
1608110.01.2014AerialsDeer ValleyUSAWorld Cup3600.00
1606121.12.2013AerialsBeijingCHNWorld Cup3600.00
1605515.12.2013AerialsBeida LakeCHNWorld Cup4500.00

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