=== 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

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