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Kelowna’s Omischl moves on to aerial finals

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | 2:05 am

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Canwest News Service

Canada is well placed in the men’s freestyle aerials after Warren Shouldice placed sixth in qualifying Monday.

With a score of 235.93, Shouldice, working with a low degree of difficulty (4.175) compared to the five skiers ahead of him (4.525), trails Zongyang Jie of China, who led all comers with a 242.52 combined score.

Canada’s Kyle Nissen landed a high-difficulty back / double-full / full-full for a score of 19.1 on his air & form and 8.25 on his landing in the first jump in qualifying Monday. That opening jump scored a combined 123.75, good for third in the competition going into the second round of qualifying, but the Canadian failed to stick the landing on his second try, ending up in ninth place.

Shouldice also squibbed his second run, but not to the extent of Nissen, who ended up on one leg after nearly dropping to the snow.

Canada’s Steve Omischl landed rough in both runs and scored a 116.15 and 117.73, good for eighth.

Ryan St. Onge of the United States sits second going into the final with a score of 240.67 after two runs, while Switzerland’s Thomas Lambert sits 2.34 points behind him in third.

The final takes place on February 25th.

Men’s aerials will be the last of six gold medals awarded for freestyle skiing over the course of the eight scheduled days of competition.

The original full schedule for freestyle skiing competitions is (all times are in Pacific Standard Time Zone):

Sat Feb 13, 2010

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – moguls (Qual)
  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – moguls (Medal)
  • Sun Feb 14, 2010

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – moguls (Qual)
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – moguls (Medal)
  • Sat Feb 20, 2010

  • 10am – 11:30am Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – aerials (Qual)
  • Sun Feb 21, 2010

  • 9:15am – 10:15am Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – ski cross (Qual)
  • 12:15pm – 12:48pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – ski cross (1/8 Finals)
  • 12:48pm – 1:07pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – ski cross QF
  • 1:07pm – 1:18pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – ski cross SF
  • 1:18pm – 1:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – ski cross Final
  • Mon Feb 22, 2010

    6pm – 7:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – aerials (Qual)

    Tue Feb 23, 2010

  • 10:30am – 11:30am Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – ski cross (1/8 Finals)
  • 1pm – 1:33pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – ski cross QF
  • 1:33pm – 1:52pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – ski cross SF
  • 1:52pm – 2:03pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – ski cross Final
  • 2:03pm – 2:15pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – ski cross (Medal)
  • Wed Feb 24, 2010

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm Freestyle Skiing – Women’s – aerials (Medal)
  • Thu Feb 25, 2010

  • 6pm – 7pm Freestyle Skiing – Men’s – aerials (Medal)
  • Both men’s and women’s freestyle events are being held on Cypress Mountain, in West Vancouver in an area known as ‘the North Shore.’ Unseasonably warm temperatures have eroded the snow base at this venue, and event crews covered some spots with hay to prevent more melt. Snowmakers and trucks of snow from neighbouring mountains were also brought in to develop the venue.

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