American Ashley Caldwell enters the women's aerials finals as the second-best qualifier, an indication she's ready to earn her first individual Olympic medal.
The 2017 champion and 2021 runner-up at the world championships was a member of the U.S. trio – with Chris Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld – that claimed a stunning gold in mixed team aerials on Thursday.
Caldwell stomped a back full-full-full for 101.31 to place second in the first round of qualifying and advance directly to the finals. Reigning world champion Laura Peel of Australia took first with a back full-tuck-full, scoring 104.54.
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