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American Emily Cook fails to medal in ladies' aerials

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Emily Cook crashes taking her out of medal contention. (Reuters)
Emily Cook crashes taking her out of medal contention. (Reuters)

Emily Cook was in position to medal heading into Friday's ladies' aerials finals at Sochi.

Unfortunately, the three-time American Olympian could not find the podium. Cook finished with a 64.50 after failing to land on her second jump. It placed her out of contention. She was in third place after her routine in the second of the three rounds of finals.

In surprising fashion, the gold went to 34-year-old, five-time Olympic vet Alla Tsuper. She finished with an extremely impressive 98.01. Some jump, considering Tsuper was the final finalist in after she scored a 77.52 in the qualification to clear it into the finals.

It's Tsuper's first gold. She previously took fifth at the Nagano Games, eighth in Vancouver, ninth in Salt Lake City and 10th in Turin. She began skiing at 18 years old, taking up the sport after initially being a gymnast earlier in life. ,

Silver went to China's Xu Mengtao, a 23-year-old who was the favorite entering the finals. She finished at 83.50. Bronze was awarded to the gold medal-winner of the 2010 Games, Australia's Lydia Lassila (72.12).

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