By Kirill Pirogov
Another round of the World Cup has been held at Lake Placid, in the USA, bringing double success to our athletes. This repeats the success seen at the recent competition in Canadian Mont Gabriel. This time, Alla Tsuper and Anton Kushnir took silver and bronze respectively, with Maxim Gustik placed sixth.
The women’s gold went to American born Ashley Caldwell, 17, from Lake Placid, who was the revelation of the tournament. She knocked out her main competitor, Alla Tsuper of Belarus, who had created a wide gap after her first jump. Ashley’s second attempt, which she admits was the ‘best of her life’, secured her win. The Belarusian jumper did not lose her high spirits however; she is in excellent physical shape for the World Championship.
The men largely failed to produce sensational results, with China’s Guangpu Qi leading as expected. Nevertheless, Belarus’ Anton Kushnir second jump showed his willingness to take risks. His jump boasted complicated and beautiful elements, including a triple somersault with five turns. The American commentator was left speechless, able only to gasp: “Unbelievable!” Sadly, Anton did not land smoothly, depriving him of a more valuable medal.