Jia, Li of China best in Calgary aerials
Three days of FIS Freestyle World Cup competition wrapped up in Calgary (CAN) on Sunday with the season's third aerials competition.
Chinese athletes Zongyang Jia and Nina Li won the event in changing weather, poor snow conditions and some of the lowest scores ever seen.
Zongyang Jia of China was best in the men's competitions at the Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix at Canada Olympic Park with 253.40 points followed by overall leader Anton Kushnir of Belarus in second at 244.60 and his compatriot Alexei Grishin third in 230.73. Kushnir thus retained his lead in the overall standings.
In women's aerials, Nina Li of China was the victor with Evelyne Leu of Switzerland second and Xinxin Guo of China third. Guo has been on the podium in each of the three World Cups so far and leads the overall rankings.
The crowd in Calgary came out in record numbers to support the teams in the build up to the Olympic Games. Unfortunately the weather conditions changed. "There was a weather change. No one was hitting good takeoffs, the snow turned into sugar and it wasn't that hard packed snow we were aiming for," said Matt Christiansen, coach of the US team.
The next World Cup competitions will be the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort (USA) on 14th-16th January with night finals 15th Friday.