TeamGB did exceptionally well at the first FIS aerial event of the 2013 season, the Aerial Masters water-ramp competition at Menttmenstetten, Switzerland. There was an enthusiastic capacity crowd on one of the hottest days of the year which made for a great event. This was an A-level event with an entry list that included 6 World Cup winners and the reigning Olympic Champion. Great Britain was represented by our two juniors, brother-sister act Lloyd (17) and Elodie (15) Wallace.
There were two rounds of men’s qualification with competitors having to perform different jumps in each round. In the first round, Lloyd performed his newest and highly technical jump; the double-full full, a triple twisting double somersault. It was spot on and put him in 14th place with a score of 68.39 points. In the second round he executed another new jump for 2013; the full-full. Despite the degree of difficulty being lower, Lloyd’s height and form earned him 79.07 points, a personal best and a British record of recent times. He finished a highly credible 14th place. The event was won by Anton Kushnir from Belarus with a perfect quintuple twisting triple.
Elodie was competing in her first ski competition ever, so expectations weren’t high for her to achieve a big result. She surprised everyone by winning the junior category and then achieving over 9 points from all five judges to score 57.20 in the ladies event, placing 7th in a field which included 4 Europa cup winners. We think she has a bright future in freestyle skiing. The ladies event was won by Tanja Scharer of Switzerland.
The weather was very hot and sunny and the organisation and Swiss welcome was appreciated by everyone.
Full results below.