Gerrits Qualifies For World Championship Finals

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(ISN) – Kreischberg, Austria – Travis Gerrits will be competing in the aerial finals tomorrow at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

Gerrits earned his way directly into the 12-man final by placing second today during the first run of qualifications with a score of 115.49. The top-six aerialist from that round got a bye into Thursday’s showdown.

Two years ago, Gerrits captured silver at the World Championships in Voss, Norway.

“I started off my night in a great mood and a great state of mind,” said Gerrits. “We had some variable conditions with the snow. Speeds were hard to judge, but I was happy to come out strong and do a great full-double-full-full for my qualifying jump. Finishing second means I’m in a great spot for tomorrow’s final and it allows me to strategize a little more.”

Teammate Olivier Rochon finished 17th overall out of 22 athletes after scoring 91.59 his highest score on his first run of two qualifying runs. Rochon had been battling an illness and lost 12 pounds leading up to the competition.

“My performance wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for,” said Rochon. “I was a little unlucky and caught a virus at the last competition in China. I didn’t have as much energy and I tried to push really hard. I only got one good day of training before the competition and it wasn’t exactly enough.”

On the women’s side, Sabrina Guérin scored a 78.12, good enough for 17th place out of 20 women.

“I’m pretty disappointed finishing 17th,” said Guérin. “I really wanted to make top-12 today and qualify for the finals. But compared to the other World Championships I’ve been to, I was proud of my jumps and technique. I think I did my job. Perhaps my degree of difficulty was a bit low and that cost me.”

Gerrits will compete in the men’s finals on Thursday, January 14, scheduled to begin at 6:16p.m. local time / 12:16 p.m. EST / 9:16 a.m. PST.

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