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Canada's Lewis Irving wins aerials silver at Minsk World Cup

Canada’s Lewis Irving, 24, won silver at a World Cup aerials event in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday.

High flying Quebec City native soars onto podium in Belarus

Canada's Lewis Irving, seen in this file photo from 2018, won silver at a World Cup aerials event in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday. (Hans Pennink/Associated Press)

Canadian Lewis Irving captured a silver medal Saturday at a freestyle ski World Cup aerials competition.

American Justin Schoenefeld finished first in the field but just 0.46 points ahead of Irving, of Quebec City. Christopher Lillis of the U.S. finished third.

WATCH | Lewis Irving of Quebec City finishes 2nd:

Lewis Irving of Quebec City finishes 2nd at the men's event in Belarus. 1:02

Conditions were less than ideal for Lewis — who required surgery for a hip injury at the end of the 2017-18 season —and the other competitors. Following several days of heavy rain, variable wind conditions and more wet stuff provided very challenging conditions.

"It took some time for Lewis to fully recover, but he now is back on track and jumping like we know he can," said Todd Allison, Freestyle Canada's high-performance director. "We are excited that he is pushing the world's best."

WATCH | Schoenefeld of the U.S. wins men's event:

Justin Schoenefeld of the United States wins the men's event with a score of 124.89. 1:02

In the women's event, Australia's Laura Peel topped the field with 106.53, followed by China's Xu Mengato (95.06) and Xu Sicun (87.92). 

WATCH | Australia's Laura Peel captures gold:

Australia's Laura Peel captures gold with a score of 106.53. 1:19

With files from CBC Sports

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