Peterson 7th as U.S. Aerialists Struggle in Lake Placid

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LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 17) - U.S. aerialists all kinds of problems Friday with only Olympian Jeret Peterson (Boise, ID) and Kelly Hilliman (Tonawanda, NY) making it into finals on the opening day of the chilly Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National World Cup. Russian Dmitri Arkhipov won the men's contest while Olympic champion Alisa Camplin of Australia was the women's winner.

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the aerials competition Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

Erratic conditions had athletes competing in snow showers, sunshine, flat light, and gusting winds. Temperatures were in the mid-teens as the final round got underway but it got colder as the sun moved to the west and the MacKenzie-Interval Olympic Jumping Complex went into gray light.

Camplin, who tied with Belarussian Alla Tsuper in the first round of jumping at the Nature Valley Challenge, went on to win with 187.43 points and took over a World Cup leader. Tsuper was second at 182.01 with Nina Li of China third (179.82) while Hilliman was 11th 142.83.

Arkhipov was fourth in qualifying for finals but nailed a quad-twisting triple (back double-full, full, full) to win with 239.85 points. Second place went to Steve Omischl of Canada with Xiaopeng Han of China, ninth in qualifying, moving up to third. Peterson, 12th in qualifying, was seventh (216.68).

Defending World Cup champion Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) was 14th while Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack (Park City, UT) finished 16th after each had a poor landing on his first jump.

"It's a horrible day, just horrible," said U.S. Head Coach Jeff Wintersteen. "We were 'there' - we had great training, things were rolling our way and we were going to ramp-up DD (degree of difficulty) for Pack and Bergy in the second round...but they didn't get there. The speeds were good, everything looked good; they just didn't land 'em and if you don't land your jump..."

The Sprint World Cup continues Saturday with moguls at Whiteface, the Olympic mountain 10 miles from Lake Placid. A second aerials event Sunday completes the weekend.

Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National
Nature Valley Challenge
MacKenzie-Intervale Olympic Jumping Complex
Lake Placid, NY - Jan. 17
Aerials (12 make finals)
1. Dmitri Arkhipov, Russia, 239.85 points
2. Steve Omischl, Canada, 233.87
3. Xiaopeng Han, China, 232.09
4. Vladimir Lebedev, Russia, 220.91
5. Kyle Nissen, Canada, 220.15
7. Jeret Peterson, Boise, ID, 216.68
14. Eric Bergoust, Missoula, MT
16. Joe Pack, Park City, UT
20. Ryan St. Onge, Winter Park, CO
24. Brian Currutt, Park City, UT
31. Wes Preston, Waterville Valley, NH
1. Alisa Camplin, Australia, 187.43
2. Nina Li, China, 182.01
3. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 179.82
4. Nannan Xu, China, 178.06
5. Veronica Brenner, Canada, 164.41
11. Kelly Hillman, Tonawanda, NY, 142.83
14. Kate Reed, Montrose, CO
20. Jana Lindsey, Black Hawk, SD
-- World Cup Standings (Best 3 of 4 results) Men
1. Jeff Bean, Canada, 288 points
2. Omischl, 284
3. Pack, 264
4. Arkhipov, 240
5. Christian Rijavec, Austria, 236 -
9. St. Onge, 188
11. Bergoust, 180
13. Peterson, 172
22. Jerry Grossi, Park City, UT, 100
25. Currutt, 84
32. Matt Saunders, Littleton, CO, 48
1. Camplin, 296
2. Lydia Ierodiaconou, Australia, 264
3. Nannan Xu, 260
4. Anna Zukal, Russia, 256
5. Brenner, 248
11. Lindsey, 196
12. Reed, 184
18. Hillman, 120