Australian aerial skiers Danielle Scott and Laura Peel have won gold and silver, respectively, at the World Cup event in Engadin, Switzerland.
- The win was Danielle Scott’s third of the World Cup season
- She claimed silver at last month’s world championships
- Laura Peel now has two World Cup medals this season
In sunny conditions, Scott and Peel made a great start by qualifying for the finals in first and third place.
The wind picked up later in the day, with Peel the only female athlete electing to use the spectacular triple back somersaults, advancing to the super final in first place with 99.42 points, while Scott was second (88.83).
In the super final, Scott added an extra twist, executing a high-scoring, double full-full (triple twisting double back somersault) to score 98.70 points and claim her third World Cup victory of the season and eighth of her career.
The 32-year-old’s success added to the world championship silver medal she won last week in a career-best season.
Peel finished with silver after scoring 94.65 on her high degree of difficulty lay-full-full, unfortunately losing marks on her landing, as she secured her second World Cup medal of the season.
Fanyu Kong of China took bronze, with 92 points.
With one event remaining, Scott has increased her lead in the World Cup standings to 382 points, 92 clear of Canada’s Marion Thenault.
She only needs to finish in 22nd spot, or better, at the final event to win her first World Cup Crystal Globe title as overall season champion.
Peel is ranked third, on 262 points.
The World Cup final will take place on March 19 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.