Australian aerial skier Laura Peel takes historic jump to win World Cup gold

Reigning Australian world jump champion Laura Peel made an emphatic statement at the last World Cup ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics, crushing rivals in the Deer Valley competition to win her seventh major title.

During training before the World Cup final before the Beijing Games, Peel became only the third woman to land a triple backflip with a quadruple twist.

Australian Olympic gold medalist Lydia Lassila was first, followed by former world champion Ashley Caldwell of the United States.

Peel intends to polish that jump for the Olympics, but the 29-year-old was still a runaway winner with a chunky back in the US resort.

Peel scored 118.05 in the final, ahead of China’s Kong Fanyu, who scored 84.58, and Belarusian Hanna Huskova (82.65).

Fellow Aussie Danielle Scott was the only other athlete in the six-skier final to attempt the same jump as Peel, but was disappointed with her landing, with an overall score of 80.27.

Peel’s score would have put her on the podium in the equivalent men’s event. The victory propels the Australian to third place in the World Cup standings, Scott in fourth.

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The victory was particularly sweet for Canberran Peel after missing a World Cup final for the first time in four years at the previous event in Quebec.

“Obviously it’s a great day today. I feel like I’ve worked a long time to pull off a jump like this,” said the 32-year-old.

“To do it right before the Olympics is amazing.

“I’ve been working on the treble for a few seasons now, and I’m always very grateful for the experience I have when the going gets tough.

“So many people have helped me reach this point in my career and continue to help me pursue my dreams every day, but when I started working with my trainer Mich Roth three years ago things went wrong. started to kick in. We’re a great team. “

Despite his 26th place, the Chinese Xu Mengtao is still at the top of the general classification of the World Cup of the discipline, with 385 points.

Kong rose to 361 from second place while Peel is third at 294.

Wang Xindi won the men’s jump, completing the World Cup podium in China.

Aerial ski athletes will now head to Le Relais in Canada for a training camp before the Olympic competition, which runs February 10-16.

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