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Scott flies high as Aussies win three more medals in China

18 December 2016

AERIALS: The winter wonderland weekend continued with a flurry of stellar results in the Aerial Skiing World Cup in China today, just a day after Danielle Scott claimed Silver.

The Flying Kangaroos, led once again by the in-form Scott, added three more medals to their weekend tally, with Scott winning the one-jump World Cup event, while Samantha Wells snared Bronze.

The event, which leaves Scott sitting equal first in the World Cup standings, was won and done before the two girls combined with Dave Morris, fresh off a 5th place effort in the one-jump event, to grab another Bronze medal in the Team World Cup, the first medal of any kind obtained by an Australian Aerial Skiing team.

After Gold and Bronze with Belle Brockhoff and Alex Pullin, the VIS athletes have capped off what has been the most successful Decembers on record for Australian winter athletes with the third World Cup win of the season to go along with a collection of podium finishes.

Scott’s second career win today put her at the top of the pile in the World, something she said was extremely special to her and credited her support team.

“I’ve been so close to that yellow bib for a long time so it feels great to finally wear it and land on top of the podium,” she said.

“I felt really good about the execution of my jumps and have loved every second up here. To finish the day with Bronze in the team event as well just made this time one to remember.”

Danielle Scott at the top of the podium, and teammate Samantha Wells in 3rd after the second World Cup event today.

​It was a career defining weekend for Wells too, who bounced back after a disappointing individual performance yesterday to hit a personal best score to make only her second career podium.

“My aim was just to carry out some of the things we worked on in pre-season camp which was my take-off and my landing technique,” said Wells.

“Even though I didn’t start well on paper, I was happy to progress my jumps over the course of the four days, and landed the dFF for the first time in competition so it was a really satisfying and enjoyable time.”

Dave Morris faced a tougher task but pushed on for a great 5th placed effort, before joining up with the girls to go one better than last year’s 4th place team finish in Beijing to claim the Bronze.

“I unfortunately was a fairly unprepared for competitions this weekend with injury so today was a much-needed confidence boost after a disappointing result in the first world cup,” Morris said.

“Last year the team came 4th, being at a disadvantage having two girls and one boy, instead of two boys and one girl. Today Sam and Dani really put down some great jumps and now we have Australia’s first team medal against some tough opposition.”

“China has been hard, with jet lag and challenging conditions and for our team to come out so successfully is a real stand out performance.”

World Champion Laura Peel didn’t have a great weekend with two 12th places but has her eyes set for bigger things in 2017

The team will break over Christmas and split up across the world to head home, but will re-group again for the next event on January 13th at Lake Placid, USA.

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