Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Anton Kushnir Wins Men's Aerials Gold


Anton Kushnir (Belarus) put down the jump of his life to take gold at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Monday night in a stacked super final in Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
After failing to qualify with his first jump, Kushnir stuck his last-ditch second qualifying attempt and was nearly perfect from there on, sticking clean landing after clean landing to make his way through the unforgiving Olympic Winter Games elimination format.
Jumping second in the super final after qualifying in third from the final two, Kushnir landed a back double-full, full, double-full air that earned him a score of 134.50, the highest of the night in any round by more than 13 points.
"I did it several times (in training)", he said of the jump that would ultimately win him gold. "I can't say I did a lot of times but I practised it and it worked out well".
A jubilant David Morris claimed a first men's aerials medal for Australia, with a back double-full, full, full earning him a score of 110.41, and the silver medal.
Jia Zongyang (China) fell on his back full, double-full, double-full, but it was still enough for him to earn 95.06 -and bronze -and surpass his countryman Qi Guangpu, who also fell on his attempt.
Kushnir's win maintained a streak of five Olympic Winter Games in which a Belarusian man has won an aerials medal, carrying on the legacy of his teammates Alexei Grishin and Dmitri Dashinski, both of whom are likely to retire after Sochi 2014.

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