Aerials World Cup season ready to launch in Beijing
Beijing, CHN -Blue skies and temperatures just below freezing greeted the competitors from 14 nations as they arrived in Beijing today for the opening aerials World Cup of the 2015/16 season.
Competition in Beijing will be held on a specially constructed, 41 meter tall scaffolding structure located inside the National Stadium, commonly known as the “Bird's Nest,” which recently hosted the IAAF track and field championships and was also the location of the 2008 opening and closing ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
This weekend, the stadium will play host to FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup aerials competition for the third straight season.
Canada's Travis Gerrit's and China's Zhang Xin took top honours in the first iteration of the Beijing competition in 2013/14, while last season it was the host nation's Guangpu Qi and Xu Mengtao who were able to take back-to-back wins in the two days of competition held in the Bird's Nest.
Also last season, the USA's Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon were able to score their first podiums of the season at the Beijing competition, on their way to winning the respective men's and ladies' aerials crystal globes, and the two 20-year-olds will be the one's to watch this season as they try to build off last season's successes on the turf of the team Chinese team.
With a specially constructed jump set-up, specially engineered competition snow, and the incredible spectacle offered by hosting a World Cup aerials competition in one of the world's most distinctive stadiums, this weekend's Beijing competition promises to once again be a thrilling way to launch the aerials season.
Training in Beijing will take place from Wednesday to Friday, followed by aerials competition on Saturday and then aerials team competition on Sunday.