Laura Peels wins back to back gold in Russia

It was another golden performance for Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Laura Peel at the World Cup aerial skiing event in Yaroslavl, Russia, under lights taking victory for the second consecutive time this season.

The VIS World Champion and current world number one was the only female to perform triple somersault in the medal round, scoring 96.59 points with her full-tuck-full jump.
“I competed in my first ever World Cup 10 years ago today and celebrated the occasion with a win in Yaroslavl today”, Peel said after claiming the sixth World Cup victory of her career.
“It has been one hell of a ride". 

Behind Peel on the podium was American Ashley Caldwell (96.23) in second and Liubov Nikitina of Russia (93.41) in third.
Peels VIS teammate Abbey Willcox qualified for finals in eighth place but was unable to take part after crashing her last jump in finals training and injuring her knee.

In the second event in Yaroslavl the following day, a one jump World Cup event was held, Peel executed her most difficult full-full-full jump (three somersaults with three twists) for the first time in competition but made a mistake on landing finishing in 21st place.

In the aerial skiing World Cup standings Peel maintained the world cup leader’s yellow bib on top of the field with 210 points after three competitions. Kalia Kuhn of the USA sits in second place with 146 points, with her USA teammate Ashley Caldwell in third place with 145 points.

The aerial skiing World Cup tour will now travel to Moscow for another night-time aerials showdown at the iconic scaffold jump located at the famous Sparrow Hills next Saturday, January 23.

Article Source: Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

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