Li and Omischl victorius in second aerials World Cup in China
2006-12-22 10:04:00

Nina Li (CHN) and Steve Omischl (CAN) celebrated victory in the second aerials event in the Freestyle FIS World Cup held at the Beidahu ski resort in China on Sunday 10th December, 2006. In beatiful sunny weather, Li won for the second time in a row, ahead of the Australian veteran Jacqui Cooper and her only 16-year-old team mate Xu Mengtao. Olympic Champion from Turin, Switzerland's Evelyne Leu was narrowly left out of the podium in fourth place. With full points from the opening weekend, Li has now established a strong lead in the FIS World Cup, 75 points ahead of Cooper who has 125 points.  

In the men's event,  Canada's Steve Omischl, 2004 aerials FIS World Cup champion, took his 27th career podium and 11th World Cup win. He ranked clearly ahead of two Belorussian athletes, Timofei Slivets and Alexei Grishin. It was 22-year-old Slivets's first podium and best career placement so far while Grishin, 2002 Olympic medalist, stood on the podium for the 20th time. Omischl who took over the overall World Cup leader's yellow jersey, commented: "I have recovered from the injuries that plagued me last season. I had a good summer of training and my hard training is clearly reflected in today's results."

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