Laura Peel is Australia’s first aerial skiing double World Champion

​Australian aerial skier Laura Peel has won gold at the FIS World Championships, performing a number of spectacular triple back somersaults to claim victory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, overnight.

The 31-year-old Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder is now the first ever Australian aerial skier to twin two World Championship gold medals, having first won gold in Kreischberg, Austria, in 2015.

Last year, Peel was recognised at the 2020 Victorian Institute of Sport Awards for her commitment to pursuing success in sport and life. Peel won the Open Universities Australia Performance Lifestyle award in a strong field of athletes. 

In the super final, Peel competed one of the most difficult jumps ever performed by a female competitor, full-full-full, a triple twisting triple back somersault scoring a huge 106.46 points to take the win.

Behind Peel on the podium was American Ashley Caldwell who also jumped a full-full-full with 101.74 points and Russian Liubov Nikitina on 94.47 points.

Image: Peel stands top of the podium. Credit: OWIA 
 
Narrowly missing the medals in fourth place was Australian teammate Danielle Scott who also performed high scoring triple somersaults throughout the day and won the earlier qualification round in only her second competition start since the Olympic final in 2018.

Behind Peel on the podium was American Ashley Caldwell with 101.74 points and Russian Liubov Nikitina in third place on 94.47 points.

“Honestly the second time feels even better”, said Peel after stepping off the podium.

“My qualification jumps were not my best, but I saved my best for the final, it’s only the second time I have competed that jump, I am so happy to put it down.”

The aerial skiers will remain in Almaty for the World Cup final which will take place on March 13, when Peel will be aiming to make it back to back World Cup titles.

Peel is currently in first place on the standings with 410 points, 67 points clear of the next ranked skier, Winter Vinecki of the USA. Peel needs to finish in seventh place or better to secure the title and season champion Crystal Globe.

Article Sourced: OWIA 

Latest News

Balancing Year 12 whilst preparing for Tokyo

Today

​Balancing life as an elite athlete with your Year 12 studies can be challenging at the best of times. And with the Tokyo Paralympics around the corner, life for Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) scholarship holder Col Pearse is about to get even more challenging.

Instagram Takeover: Alec Danelutti

Yesterday

BMX Freestyle is an adrenaline-fuelled form of cycling that sees cyclists perform a series of outrageous tricks and jumps, taking place over a series of ramps and large obstacles, all set up within a 30mx50m park. Athletes complete two one-minute runs each, looking to impress judges with the difficulty, originality, style, flow, risk, height and execution of their tricks.

The VIS and Gymnastics

Yesterday

The Australian Human Right’s Commission has published its Report on the Independent Review into Gymnastics in Australia (2021). The findings of the Report are extremely concerning and distressing. Any form of abuse in any sport training program is unacceptable and is not tolerated by the Victorian Institute of Sport.

WEEKEND WRITE-UP: Evglevski spoils the part, as Lynch re-joins the Hockeyroos squad

Yesterday

​In VIS Sport, Sergei Evglevski took out the men's 10m Air Pistol at the Brisbane International Shooting Centre, whilst Rachael Lynch has re-joined the 2021 Hockeyroos squad.

Career. It’s more than just a job.

May 16th, 2021

National Careers Week is an initiative of the Career Industry Council of Australia and aims to celebrate careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners and to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

See all our partners

VIS is proudly sponsored by