Sochi 2014: Kushnir Twists to Gold for Belarus in Aerials

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Anton Kushnir of Belarus landed an exceptionally difficult five-twist jump to take the gold medal in men’s aerials skiing Monday.

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, February 17 (R-Sport) – Anton Kushnir of Belarus landed an exceptionally difficult five-twist jump to take the gold medal in men’s aerials skiing Monday.

At his third Olympics and chasing his first medal, Kushnir successfully performed a double-full-full-double-full jump, which involves three flips and five twists, to win with an almost unheard-of score of 134.50 points.

There was silver for David Morris of Australia with a solid score of 110.41, while the bronze went to China’s Jia Zongyuan with 95.06, even though he somersaulted on landing.

The only other man in the medal shootout third round of finals, Qi Guangpu of China, fell and scored 90.00.

Kushnir’s win completes a golden double for Belarus after Alla Tsuper of Belarus won women’s aerials gold Saturday, and is the country’s second gold Monday following Darya Domracheva’s victory in the women’s 12.5km mass start biathlon race.

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