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Maiden World Cup Victory For Camplin In Aussie Quinella

13 January 2003

Olympic aerial skiing gold medallist Alisa Camplin has broken through for her first World Cup victory in Canada overnight, leading an Australian quinella with Lydia Ierodiaconou at Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

Alisa performed her Salt Lake 2002 routine of two triple twisting double somersaults to take the win after trailing her team-mate after the first round.

The result propels Lydia to the number one World Cup ranking, with Alisa behind her in equal second place alongside Russian Anna Zukal.

It is the first time in any skiing discipline that Australia has had the world’s top two ranked athletes.

Lydia led the field in the qualifying round, scoring 96.20 points for her full double full somersault, the first time she had attempted that triple twisting double somersault in competition. World Cup defending champion Alla Tsuper was in second place with Alisa in third.

But Alisa clinched the victory in the final round with 99.75 points on her second triple twisting double, the exact score that had taken her to gold in Salt Lake City.

US skier Kate Reed was in third place, with Salt Lake 2002 minor medallists Deidra Dionne and Veronica Brenner of Canada in fourth and fifth.

The two Australian aerialists had opted to go for their highest difficulty jumps in preparation for the world championships at the end of the month.

“We took something of a risk going for the two triple twisting jumps,” said Olympic Winter Institute Aerial Skiing coach Todd Ossian, “because there’s always a chance that you’ll have trouble on the first one and miss qualifying for the final.”

“But our focus is on the world championships in three weeks time, and we need to get as much experience as we can performing our best jumps in competition if we are going to get the results we are all looking for there.”

The other members of the OWI team, Liz Gardner and Shannon Leotta, finished in 17th and 18th places.

The World Cup continues in Lake Placid next weekend with two aerials events.

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