DEER VALLEY, UT (Feb. 1 - News Release) — Olympic aerials champion Alisa Camplin of Australia returned to the scene of her Olympic success Saturday night and set a women's world record by winning the gold medal as the World Championships concluded with the first night event in Worlds history. Russian Dmitri Arkhipov won the men's event by less than two points.
The top U.S. performance came from Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, ID), who was sixth. Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) and Kate Reed (Montrose, CO) were both eighth.
NBC will televise World Championships moguls coverage Sunday 1-3 p.m. EST with dual moguls and aerials tentatively scheduled for 3-5 p.m. EST on Feb. 22. U.S. skiers, who earned one medal at the 2001 Worlds, earned six at Deer Valley Resort.
Camplin had 207.31 points for her title (bettering the mark of 206.34 set in qualifying by Swiss aerialist Evelyne Leu) with Canadians Veronika Bauer and Deidra Dionne in second and third, respectively. Bauer was the defending world champion while Dionne also collected the Olympic bronze behind Camplin last year.
Reed, the only U.S. aerialist to make finals (top 12 from qualifying), was eighth with 163.59 points.
In the men's contest, Arkhipov, who won his second World Cup event two weeks earlier during the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National at Lake Placid, NY, received 259.65 for his two quad-twisting-triples (four twists, three flips). Grichin, the the 2001 Worlds gold medalist and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, took silver at 257.98 with Canadian Steve Omischl the bronze medalist (251.20).
Peterson, 10th in the first round after struggling with his landing, had a nearly flawless second jump, a lay double-full full (triple-twisting triple) and finished with 225.73. Former Olympic and Worlds gold medalist Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) was eighth with 213.59 and Ryan St. Onge (Winter Park, CO) 12th at 169.51. Olympic medalist Joe Pack (Park City, UT) failed to qualify, finishing 15th.
Although there were no aerials medals for the U.S. skiers, Head Coach Jeff Wintersteen said the championships were a success with several first-timers getting valuable experience. "It was frustrating but you have to look at it — we've lost some key players. I was disappointed, of course, when Joe didn't make it in and these were the first championships for Speedy and Kate Reed and Ryan St. Onge," he said.
"Speedy just missed that first jump. His second jump was almost perfect. Kate and Ryan have never been in this position before, and they're all doing a great job and they're only going to get better," the coach said. "It was disappointing with Bergy; he was having such a good week but it's hard and it's such a fine line and it's hard to maintain that all the time. I mean, the top three were all 250 points and more; that's tough to beat.
"I'm really excited for Deer Valley. They did such a great job with the Worlds and tonight couldn't have been better. There were some winds, but that's aerials — we certainly don't have any excuses," he said. "It was tricky, but that's aerials. You deal with it. I think we did a good job with the speed, so no complaints there. There was a slight tailwind at times, but it was a perfect night for aerials, a great event. A gold medal for Deer Valley."
The World Cup resumes at week's end in Steamboat Springs, CO, with the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National. Aerials are scheduled for Friday with moguls Sunday.
2003 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Deer Valley, UT — Feb. 1
Aerials (12 make finals)
1. Dmitri Arkhipov, Russia, 259.65 points
2. Alexei Grichin, Belarus, 257.98
3. Steve Omischl, Canada, 251.20
4. Enver Albaev, Ukraine, 232.57
5. Stanisla Kravchuk, Ukraine, 232.15
6. Jeret Peterson, Boide, ID, 225.73
7. Ales Valenta, Czech Republic, 214.51
8. Eric Bergoust, Missoula, MT, 213.59
9. Xiaotao Ou, China, 212.48
10. Dmitri Rak, Belarus, 208.83
11. Sen Qiu, China, 198.07
12. Ryan St. Ongee, Winter Park, CO. 169.51
15. Joe Pack, Park City, UT
1. Alisa Camplin, Australia, 207.31 (World record)
2. Veronika Bauer, Canada, 204.47
3. Deidra Dionne, Canada, 192.05
4. Veronica Brenner, Canada, 189.41
5. Xin Xin Guo, China, 184.28
6. Anna Zukal, Russia, 176.58
7. Olga Koroleva, Russia, 167.47
8. Kate Reed, Montrose, CO, 163.59
9. Evelyne Leu, Switzerland, 162.24
10. Liz Gardner, Australia, 157.37
11. Nina Li, China, 133.65
12. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, Run not scored
13. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD
20. Kelly Hilliman, Tonawanda, NY