Thursday, February 25, 2010

Schnoor planning to soar in aerials finals..

After becoming a surprise winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials in December, Draper's Lacy Schnoor knew she could use subsequent World Cup events just to practice for tonight's Olympic finals in the women's aerials competition of freestyle skiing at Cypress Mountain.
She's promising to bring her best stuff: two triple-twisting doubles, in an effort to spring another upset by medaling.
"I'm feeling confident going into the final," Schnoor said after Saturday's qualifying event. "It's a relief. I'm psyched. I have harder tricks I can complete. I can get a podium with those. ... It could be close. I just feel so mellow and relaxed."
A medal for Schnoor would take an extraordinary performance in an event dominated by Chinese athletes. China took four of the top five spots in a recent World Cup meet at Deer Valley, where Australia's Lydia Lassila -- who spends enough time training in Utah to label it her "second or third home" -- was the winner. Lassila is hoping for a better Olympic result after injuring her knee in qualifying in 2006. Alla Tsuper of Belarus finished first among the 12 qualifiers Saturday. Among the Americans, Park City's Emily Cook was fifth, Schnoor was sixth and 16-year-old Ashley Caldwell was 12th.

Cook has a history of injuries, including a bruised heel that had kept her from practicing for two weeks before the qualifying. "So I am relying on my training from the last few years," she said.

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