- Freestyle Skiing
American Mac Bohonnon advances to aerials final in first Olympics
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia -In his first-ever Olympics, American Mac Bohonnon advances to the final of the men's freestyle skiing aerials on Monday.
Bohonnon needed his second qualification jump to advance, finishing in the sixth and final place.
Defending Olympic champion Alexei Grishin failed to reach the final after crash landing on both of his jumps in qualifying.
China's Liu Zhongqing, the bronze medalist in Vancouver, and the current top-ranked aerialist in the world, was also unable to put together a clean jump and bowed out, but his compatriots did take half of the six spots up for grabs in the first qualifying session. Zhongqing had the lowest score in the second qualification round.
Jia Zongyang top scored to lead world champion Qi Guangpu and Wu Chao into the final 12, while Australian David Morris claimed second place.
Despite Grishin's failure, Dmitri Dashinksi, Anton Kushnir and Denis Osipau all came through second qualifying to keep alive Belarusian hopes of a sweep of the aerials golds at Sochi after Alla Tsuper claimed the women's title. Belarus has won the most medals in men's aerials with five.
Bohonnon, the lone American entrant in the field is 18 years old. He started this season on the U.S. aerials “C” team. However, after an injured athlete couldn’t compete at the fourth World Cup event January 14 in Val St. Come, Quebec, Bohonnon booked a flight the morning of competition and flew to Canada. Later that evening, the high school student made the most of his opportunity and finished second, earning him a spot on the U.S. team.
The top six from each qualification round advances to the final.
The men's aerials final is today at 12.30 p.m.
Qualification #1 (Top 6 advance to finals)
Jia Zongyang (CHN) - 118.59
David Morris (AUS) - 118.59
Renato Ulrich (SUI) - 115.84
Qi Guangpu (CHN) - 113.57
Wu Chao (CHN) - 110.62
Oleksandr Abramenko (UKR) - 109.50
Anton Kushnir (BLR) - 107.52
Dmitri Dashinski (BLR) - 106.64
Pavel Krotov (RUS) - 106.33
Ilya Burov (RUS) - 105.88
Mac Bohonnon (USA) - 104.79
Mykola Puzderko (UKR) - 98.41
Thomas Lambert (SUI) - 96.83
Mischa Gasser (SUI) - 96.52
Timofei Slivets (RUS) - 87.33
Sergei Berestovsky (KAZ) - 82.84
Denis Osipau (BLR) - 81.86
Liu Zhongqing (CHN) - 80.09
Travis Gerrits (CAN) - 76.92
Alexei Grishin (BLR) - 76.82
Baglan Inkarbek (KAZ) - 60.19
Qualification #2 (Top 6 advance)
Dmitri Dashinski (BLR) - 117.19
Anton Kushnir (BLR) - 115.38
Pavel Kotov (RUS) - 115.05
Travis Gerrits (CAN) - 112.39
Denis Osipau (BLR) - 111.05
Mac Bohonnon (USA) - 110.18
Timofei Slivets (RUS) - 108.41
Thomas Lambert (SUI) - 89.38
Alexei Grishin (BLR) - 88.94
Ilya Burov (RUS) - 86.73
Sergei Berestovsky (KAZ) - 85.30
Mischa Gasser (SUI) - 83.91
Baglan Inkarbek (KAZ) - 79.31
Mykola Puzderko (UKR) - 77.88
Liu Zhongqing (CHN) - 77.83
Additional reporting by Jason Stahl