Sochi recap: Freestyle skiing, women’s aerials

Alla Tsuper of Belarus got the medal she’s been chasing for 16 years. Date: 14-Feb Sport: Freestyle skiing Event: Women’s aerials Medalists: Alla Tsuper (Belarus), Xu Mengtao (China), Lydia Lassila (Australia) SportsMyriad projections: Xu Mengtao (China), Lydia Lassila (Australia), Danielle Scott (Australia) How U.S. fared: Ashley Caldwell had the highest score in qualifying at 101.25. She went for a big jump in the first final, which cut the field from 12 to eight, but she slammed her back on the landing. Her 72.80 was not enough to advance. Emily Cook squeaked through qualifying at 80.01 and was again just above the … Continue reading Sochi recap: Freestyle skiing, women’s aerials

2014 medal projections: Freestyle skiing

Updated Jan. 14 and 21 and Feb. 5 Want new events? We’ve got your new events right here — slopestyle and halfpipe. They’re not just for snowboarders any more. Yes, the X Games-ification of the Olympics continues, and that might mean more medal opportunities for the USA. But the rest of the world has a pretty good headstart, so don’t count on it. Unlike some of the sports we’ve been covering, there’s very little overlap between events here. If you do aerials, you don’t do moguls. Some halfpipe skiers do slopestyle, and vice versa, but that’s about it. So the … Continue reading 2014 medal projections: Freestyle skiing