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            === American women shut out in aerials qualification ===
 
 Sauze  d'Oulx,  Italy (Sports Network) -  Americans Jana Lindsey and Emily Cook
 finished  16th and  19th, respectively,  after two  qualification jumps  in the
 women's aerials competition on Tuesday.
 
 Only the top 12 finishers out of 23 competitors qualified for the finals, which
 means  only one  American freestyle  skier is  still competing  for a  medal in
 aerials: Jeret Peterson, who qualified for the men's final Monday night.
 
 Lindsey  scored a 79.38 on her first try and began the second round of jumps in
 15th place. She slipped one spot after posting a 70.85 on her second try.
 
 Cook  had the  eighth-best score in the  second round, an 84.10 for a jump that
 began  with a back somersault and ended with a full twist. But it wasn't enough
 after being only 22nd best after the first round.
 
 "My  first jump  was a little bit  disappointing," said Cook. "The second was a
 little bit better...but to be here is an incredible experience anyway."
 
 Both  Americans were  well behind top qualifier Jacqui Cooper of Australia, who
 posted  a total  score of 213.36 with two spectacular jumps. Cooper's score was
 nearly nine points better than China's Guo Xinxin, who qualified second.
 
 World  Cup leader and  reigning world champion Li Nina of China was third, more
 than  15  points behind  teammate Guo.  Another medal  favorite, Evelyne Leu of
 Switzerland,  qualified  safely  in  fourth. Reigning  Olympic  Champion  Alisa
 Camplin of Australia was 10th.
 
 Those result were less than surprising.
 
 "Jacqui  Cooper  performs amazing  jumps, and  the Chinese  -- they always jump
 great," Cook said.
 
 The  women's  aerials qualifications,  originally  scheduled  for Sunday,  were
 postponed until Tuesday because of heavy snow.
 
 02/21 14:59:38 ET