Chinese skiers dominate freestyle aerials World Cup events
Canada's Jean-Christophe Andre finished 19th
Qi Guangpu claimed his first World Cup victory to lead a Chinese 1-2 in the men's freestyle skiing aerials event on Sunday, while the women's overall leader and compatriot Xu Mengtao captured her fifth victory this season to secure the discipline overall title with one event left.
The men's second final was marred by heavy snowfall and dense fog at the 2014 Sochi Olympics venue of Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. All four finalists fell on landing after performing their jumps. Qi scored 99.00 points. He was followed by Liu Zhongqing with 95.02 and Denis Osipau of Belarus with 90.18.
Olivier Rochon of Gatineau, Que., finished fourth with a score of 82.66.
"Everyone fell and it was really just a matter of who fell the worst and I guess that was me," he said. "The fog was also an issue, I couldn't really see the jump coming into it, but I don't think that really bothered me too much, I think it was the fact that the landing got softer made it kind of a crash final."
Montreal's Jean-Christophe Andre finished 19th, while Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ont., was 25th.
Xu scored 106.02 points. Laura Peel of Australia had 82.07, while Tanja Schaerer of Switzerland was third with 74.82 points.
World Cup aerials leader Jia Zongyang of China, who finished 11th, leads the men's standing with 414 points after three victories this season. Qi is second with 321. He is followed by Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus with 243.
Sabrina Guerin of Laval, Que., wound up 17th.
Xu leads the women's standings with 560 points. Lydia Lassila of Australia, who skipped the event, is second, 264 points behind. Peel is third, 275 back.
The final World Cup freestyle aerials event is scheduled for Fed. 23 in Bukovel, Ukraine.