Australia's Lydia Lassila earns world record score

17 January 2010 08:39

A record crowd of around 5,000 gathered around Deer Valley's White Owl run to watch the world's best aerialists land their jumps. The excitement in the air with the Olympic Games so near was palpable as each athlete attempted to close in on their team spots.

In the men's competition Anton Kushnir of Belarus won, followed by Guangpu Qi of China in second and Dmitri Dashinski, also of Belarus, in third. Kushnir produced one of history's highest-ever scores of 264.05 and remained atop the overall World Cup aerials standings with his second win in four World Cup starts.

In the women's field, the Chinese contingent dominated, taking the second and third podium spots, while Australia's Lydia Lassila won. She carried a substantial lead into the final, after winning the qualifying round with a huge score of 113.56. She led Nina Li of China by 13 points en route to an eventual world-record, two-jump score of 220.91.

Mengtao Xu of China and teammate Nina Li were second and third respectively.

The final event of the Deer Valley World Cup is another moguls competition.