=== 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