Lake Placid weekend continues with aerials and aerials team events
LAKE PLACID, USA – The 30th anniversary of the Lake Placid moguls and aerials World Cup weekend continues on Friday night with the first aerials competition since the ladies and men of the tall jumps started off the Kreischberg 2015 World Championships, followed up on Saturday with the second-ever aerials team event.
Kreischberg gold medalists Laura Peel (AUS) and Qi Guangpu (CHN) will likely still be riding a high from that competition, with Peel walking away as the underdog who rose up at just the right moment and Qi leaving Kreischberg as the defending champion who was able to continue his run of dominance through another world champs cycle.
Qi also carries a sizeable lead in the men's World Cup standings, with four straight wins to his credit dating back to last season's aerials World Cup in Lake Placid, and almost double the points of his nearest rival in 2014/15, Mac Bohonnon (USA). With one other win in Lake Placid back in 2011, Qi is no stranger to success at the Olympic Jumping Complex venue, and has to be considered the favourite in any competition he enters right now.
For the ladies, things are a bit less clear-cut. Qi's teammate Xu Mengtao sits atop the ladies standings, but by only two points over 19-year-old Kiley McKinnon. McKinnon currently leads a number of ladies who are having impressive seasons, including Danielle Scott (AUS) and Ashley Caldwell. All three of the above-mentioned athletes have built dependable jump repertoires this season that have allowed them to compete with the formerly dominant Chinese team on a consistent basis.
With 30 years of Freestyle World Cup experience, the Lake Placid stop has proven itself one of the best on tour, year in and year out. This weekend's slate of aerials competitions, including the new and exciting team event, promises to do nothing if not show once again why Lake Placid is one of the great hosts on the tour by bringing top-level freestyle action again to its slopes.