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2016 Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerial Finals at Beida Lake, China

2016 Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerial Finals at Beida Lake, China

Introduction

Beida Lake in China proved to be a fantastic forum for the Chinese freeskiing professionals to really showcase their phenomenal array of aerial and technical freeskiing talents. The 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Beida Lake Men’s Aerials competition was a spectacular display of extreme technical aerial tricks, with each competitor going all out to push the envelope of what is possible in the realm of aerial freeskiing. With the Chinese athletes basically dominating the competition, they were able to take the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place podium positions with some of the best performances out of anyone in the entire event.

The American athletes also had a fairly promising performance at the Beida Lake, China competition, with three of their competitors making it into the top ten out of a field of over thirty professionals. Taking place on December 18th, 2016, the Beida Lake FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup had decent weather conditions, although China has been having some rough winters for skiing and snowboarding in the last several seasons. For most of the competition, the weather was actually quite beautiful with the sun shining brilliantly against a bright blue sky.

The aerial jump construction at the Beida Lake event was nothing short of impressive, and given the critical importance of geometric precision with regard to the construction of vertical-aerial freeskiing jumps these can be among the most difficult jumps to perfect. In spite of the difficulty, the jump building experts with the Beida Lake facilities and the FIS were able to come up with some truly awesome jumps that allowed each competitor to achieve very clean, smooth transitions from the ramp’s lip into their rotations.

Watching the Chinese athletes compete was really amazing, and it appeared as though the Chinese freeskiing athletes have a preference for aerial-style vertical big air maneuvering and that perhaps it is their specialty. For the informational benefit of FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup fans all over the world, the final results and summary of the 2016 FIS Beida Lake Men’s Aerial Freeskiing final round will now be included here.

1st Place – Guangpu Qi – China:

Demonstrating by far the best performance of the entire Beida Lake, China FIS Men’s Aerials competition was Chinese freestyle skiing professional Guangpu Qi. Guangpu is the type of technical freeskiing athlete that is capable of remarkable accuracy and precision while executing complex aerial tricks and maneuvers from the vertical aerial jumps. His acrobatic prowess put him a head above the rest of the competition, and this was clearly evidenced by the fact that Guangpu Qi defeated the second place runner up finalist at the Beida Lake competition by a scoring margin of over 10.00 points altogether.

Guangpu Qi almost made it look easy at the Beida Lake FIS competition, with his fluidity and smoothness off the lip of the jump transitioning into his broad array of tricks and aerials giving him a substantial edge over the remainder of the competitive field. Finishing out the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Beida Lake Men’s Aerials finals with a towering 122.17 points as his total score, Guangpu Qi had a true highlight performance at the Beida Lake end of 2016 season competition.

Throwing a range of flatspins, double and triple flairs, underflips, and straight-axis flips, Guangpu Qi demonstrated a trick repertoire that is up there with the best of the best in the Men’s FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup division. Competing with a bib number of three at the Beida Lake competition, Guangpu Qi earned a major FIS World Cup points bonus as a result of taking first place at this event. Taking home a total of 100.00 World Cup points is no small prize for Qi’s career, and served as a major WC boost for his rankings heading into 2017.

2nd Place – Zhongqing Liu – China:

Bringing home the second place podium position at the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerial finals at Beida Lake, China, another Chinese athlete was able to favorably represent their home nation. Zhongqing Liu was the second place finalist, and though he did have a very successful performance at the Beida Lake, China competition he was beaten by a large margin by rival freeskiing athlete, Guangpu Qi. Ironically Beida Lake was also the location of one of Zhongqing’s earlier career highlights, when he was able to take home the first place finish at another Beida Lake Aerials competition back in 2013.

Although he didn’t make first place again at the 2016 iteration of the Beida Lake Aerials event, second place is still a very strong result and serves to be another shining example of Liu’s prowess on the vertical aerial jump formatting. A couple more of Liu’s biggest career highlights with the FIS include a first place victory at a Canadian FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup competition in 2014 at Val St. Come, and another second place podium finish at a Lake Placid FIS contest that also took place in 2014.

In this way, Liu’s second place podium finish at the 2016 Beida Lake contest has served as a major re-invigoration to his overall standings within the FIS rankings profile. Zhongqing Liu finished out the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerials competition at Beida Lake with a final score of 112.83 points overall, which was around 10.00 points behind the first place leader.

Liu received an impressive World Cup points package award as a result of his second place podium finish, with his overall award totaling out at 80.00 WC points toward his FIS rankings. Competing with a bib number of twenty-one at the Beida Lake contest, Zhongqing Liu definitely leaned very heavily toward flair aerials within his repertoire. Liu is a major competitor to watch heading into the 2017 FIS season, as he appears to be on a hot streak reinvigorating his career at the moment.

3rd Place – Xindi Wang – China:

Taking home the third place podium rounding position at the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerials competition at Beida Lake, China, yet one more Chinese athlete was able to seal the deal on taking the last podium finish spot. Xindi Wang fought very hard to make it onto the podium at the Beida Lake event, although to be fair he did tie another competitor for third and therefore had to share the third place podium finish with another athlete named Maxim Gustik. This event turned out to be an extremely important competition for Xindi Wang’s overall professional freeskiing career with the FIS, and the primary reason for this importance was the fact that Xindi had never before made it onto the podium at a professional-level FIS competition.

For this reason, Xindi Wang was ecstatic as a result of finally making the podium at a major FIS event in his career, making it an extra fun and enjoyable contest conclusion for everyone involved. Xindi Wang specializes in freeskiing vertical aerial competitions, and for the most part he does not involve himself in any kind of other pipe or general park competitions, which seems to be a commonality among the Chinese FIS athletes. Having a total of sixteen FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup starts throughout his entire career, Xindi Wang is definitely still in the process of gaining some real momentum and it is likely that he has a lot of additional strong performances in his professional future.

Xindi concluded the 2016 Beida Lake Men’s Aerials competition with a total of 111.51 points overall, with the judges scoring him favorably by the end of the contest. Competing under the bib number of fifteen, Xindi Wang received a very strong World Cup points bonus award, and these are points that he needs to improve his ranking within the FIS. Wang’s award of 60.00 WC points in total is no small addition to his ranking totals, and should give him a substantial boost toward a higher profile within the FIS.

3rd Place – Maxim Gustik – Belarus:

Belarusian professional freeskiing was very well represented at the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerials competition at Beida Lake, China, with Belarus-native Maxim Gustik landing a tie for third place at the event. Maxim is approaching thirty years old, and is definitely one of the more veteran competitors with the FIS Men’s Freestyle Skiing World Cup with a whopping forty-five FIS World Cup starts under his belt.

Forty-five World Cup starts is a relatively large background with the FIS league, and in his competitive history he has secured seven FIS World Cup podiums and two victories throughout all his contest performances. Maxim’s third place tie at Beida Lake in 2016 represented a very strong demonstration of skill off the vertical aerial jumps, and just as Xindi Wang scored a 111.51, Maxim Gustik also received a 111.51 point final scoring total from the judges.

Competing with a bib number of one at the Beida Lake event, Maxim Gustik also received the same World Cup points award allocation as Xindi Wang, bringing in a total of 60.00 WC points. Although Maxim Gustik has already had a fairly solid career with the FIS, a 60.00 point boost to his overall FIS rankings is going to be a huge help for the success level in his career moving forward. Maxim Gustik probably would have preferred to have the third place podium spot all to himself, but all the same another podium finish is a great stat to be able to add to his record in the FIS.

5th Place – David Morris – New Zealand:

As the only New Zealander to make the top five, or the top ten for that matter, David Morris brought his very unique and fun to watch freeskiing style to the 2016 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Men’s Aerials competition at Beida Lake, China. David Morris is a vertical aerial freeskiing specialist, and for this reason he fit in quite well within the competitive field at the Beida Lake event. Morris was very close to making the podium at Beida Lake competition, and in this way he only missed the mark by a margin of slightly less than two full points.

David Morris is a competitor that has been with the freeskiing division with the FIS since around 2013, and his only podium finish in a major FIS competition was in a Canadian Men’s Aerials contest at Val St. Come back in 2014. David Morris has a vertical aerial freeskiing style that judges and spectators seem to really enjoy watching, as he is able to throw himself into very big air and long hangtime aerials that incorporate a lot of spinning along with straight-axis back flip rotations.

Bringing in a final round scoring total of 109.80 points overall, New Zealand native David Morris definitely earned his top five finish, and he handily defeated the sixth place contest finisher by a margin of almost five points. Competing with the bib number of five at this event, Morris earned a substantial FIS World Cup points award of 45.00 WC points toward his overall rankings. Given that David Morris is such an enjoyable and entertaining competitor to watch, he is truly an asset to the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup league and we can only hope he keeps competing in the FIS for seasons to come.

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