Lassila wins third World Cup aerial gold
Monday, 06 March 2017
VIS supermum Lydia Lassila has won her third gold medal at the Aerial Skiing World Cup Final in Moscow over the weekend.
Lassila's incredible comeback gathered momentum with her third World Cup win out of five events, but there was heartbreak for VIS teammate Danielle Scott who let the overall title slip from her grasp in Moscow.
The 2010 Olympic gold medallist was joined on the podium in Moscow by fellow VIS athlete and 2015 world champion Laura Peel, who took bronze.
But Scott was the sob story on an otherwise triumphant day for the Australians, botching her landing on her final jump and having to settle for fifth place.
Scott had only needed to finish above Mengtao Xu in the final event to claim the aerials title but the Chinese took second spot to pick up the globe.
"It's heartbreaking," Scott said of her final jump of the World Cup season.
"The jump was perfect. I placed my feet down and there was nothing wrong - the landing just didn't happen.
"It's been a good season. I will have to put my head down for next week."
Lassila came in third on the overall standings with 354 points, behind China's Xu Mengtao (480) and Scott (447).
"We didn't get lots of training in Moscow, but I felt like I knew what I was doing tonight. It's nice to get that quality back," Lassila said of her three strong jumps.
"I wanted to come here and win. It's rewarding when you think you can do something and then go do it."
Peel's podium result was a relief after a long road back after a near career-ending injury that kept her out of the 2015/16 season.
The Flying Kangaroos will join the mogul skiers, snowboarders, ski cross and slopestyle athletes in Sierra Nevada, Spain for the World Championships, which begin on Wednesday 8 March. The qualifying round for Aerial Skiing World Championships will be held on Friday, March 10 with the finals at 5.30am (AEDT) on Saturday, March 11.