Oh what a night in Deer Valley, USA as Australia’s Danielle Scott and Abbey Willcox take silver and bronze in the FIS WC aerials event.
It was an extremely close call for three time Olympian Danielle Scott who finished with the same score as gold podium winner Winter Vinecki on 77.90 points.
Willcox had the ultimate comeback with a bronze from a 76.85 point jump, the same podium placement she won four years ago on the same Deer Valley course.
“Pretty happy, it has been an absolutely crazy day with extreme weather, a bit of rain and super soft snow falling, it’s really hard conditions so to walk away with a podium very happy” said the 33-year-old Scott from NSW after the event.
“It’s so awesome (to have teammate Willcox on the podium), she has worked so hard and it’s well deserved.”
Willcox was emotional and thrilled to be back on form.
“It’s been four years in the making, so happy to back on the podium and such a beautiful night to be jumping in front of everyone in Deer Valley,” said the 27-year-old Willcox.
“It’s pretty much an exact repeat of four years ago, it’s co incredible to share the podium with Dani as well, two Aussies on the podium is amazing.”
With three events remaining Scott is ranked second on the World Cup standings on 200 points, trailing Vinecki by 32 points, with Canadian Marion Thenault in third on 122 points.
Triple Olympian and Dual world champion Laura Peel, did not compete in Deer Valley, electing to take a break for the remainder of the competition season to freshen up in advance of 2026 Olympic qualifying commencing next season.
Next on the schedule for the aerial skiers is a double World Cup next weekend in Lac-Beauport, Canada.