Kravchuk snaps barren streak

Ukraine's Stanislav Kravchuk was on form to claim FIS Freestyle Skiing Aerials World Cup gold in Minsk for his first podium finish in over a year and first win in over four.


The 33-year-old last finished on the aerials World Cup podium in none other than Minsk in February 2011, while his one and only win, came in Deer Valley back in 2008.

However Kravchuk was fully deserving of his return to the podium in Belarus, and the top of it at that, with his effort in the super final seeing him awarded 117.92 points.

Ukraine teammate Oleksandr Abramenko finished second with a score of 102.87 while Thomas Lambert beat World Cup leader Olivier Rochon to bronze.

The Swiss freestyle skier scored 99.99 to Rochon’s 96.65 and, although he still trails the Canadian at the top of the aerials World Cup standings, the difference is now 106 points.

Meanwhile in the women’s competition Yang Yu of China continues to go from strength to strength and took her first win of the season in Minsk.

Yang was fourth in Beida Lake, then third in Kreischberg last time out and duly made the jump up two places to first with a score of 80.62 in Belarus.

Tanja Schaerer took silver not too far behind with a score of 78.01 while Zhang Xin was third with 75.12 ahead of another Ukrainian Olga Volkova.

However, with World Cup leader Xu Mengtao absent, Volkova’s fourth-place finish helped take her overall points tally in second to 435 – now just 45 off top spot.

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