Australian Takes Aerials Gold
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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Alisa Camplin delivered another Aussie surprise, winning the gold medal in women’s aerials Monday to give her country two golds in the span of three days.
Canadian teammates Veronica Brenner and Deidra Dionne took silver and bronze.
Australia had never won a gold medal in the Winter Games until heavy underdog Steven Bradbury took advantage of a big wreck in the 1,000-meter speedskating final Saturday to win the race.
Camplin’s victory wasn’t that big a shock, but it was still a mighty big surprise. The Aussies came into the games thinking they might get their first gold _ from aerialist Jacqui Cooper, not Camplin.
Cooper tore up her knee in practice last week, but was home in Melbourne watching Camplin on television before going in for surgery later in the day. The 27-year-old Camplin was ranked fifth in the World Cup standings last year, and had finished no higher than seventh in two previous World Championships.
Evelyne Leu, the Swiss skier who set a world record in qualifying, finished 11th, unable to land either of the triple-flip jumps she tried.