=== Peterson lone American in aerials finals ===
Sauze d'Oulx, Italy (Sports Network) - Jeret Peterson was the lone American to
qualify for the men's aerials finals in freestyle skiing at the Winter
Peterson finished eighth in the qualifying jumps and will be one of 12
competitors vying for medals in the finals on Thursday.
"I could have done better," said Peterson, who was the first to jump on
Monday. "I have to work on my landings."
Canadians Warren Shouldice and Kyle Nissen also advanced.
Former gold medal winners Eric Bergoust of the United States and Ales Valenta
of the Czech Republic did not move on. Bergoust, who won gold at Nagano in
1998, was 17th on Monday, and Valenta, who took the Olympic crown four years
ago in Salt Lake City, placed 21st.
"I could see the jump on the [replay] screen and I know I couldn't have done
anything more," said Valenta, who injured his knee during a training jump last
week. "On the first jump I went too deep on the snow and on the second jump I
had too much speed."
China's Han Xiaopeng was first in qualifying on Monday, while 1998 Olympic
bronze medalist Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus finished second and Shouldice was
third. Salt Lake City bronze medalist Alexei Grishin of Belarus was fourth.
Han posted a two-jump score of 250.45, edging Dashinski's total of 249.34.
Shouldice checked in at 243.45 and Grishin notched a score of 242.87.
The scores will not carry over to Thursday's competition.
In addition to Bergoust, Americans Joe Pack (15th) and Ryan St. Onge (16th)
failed to qualify. Pack was the silver medal winner in 2002.
Canadian non-qualifiers were Jeff Bean (19th) and Steve Omischl (20th).
02/20 15:35:56 ET