Lewis Irving wins World Cup aerials bronze in China


Lewis Irving (Mateusz Kielpinski, FIS) (With permission)

Lewis Irving of Quebec City, Quebec won a bronze medal on Saturday in a World Cup aerials event in Secret Garden, China. For Irving, it was his first World Cup aerials medal in his career.

Irving posted a score of 103.68 points. Zongyang Jia of China won the gold medal with a score of 127.88 points. Maxim Gustik of Belarus won the silver medal with a score of 117.28 points.

Irving reached the podium by 7.75 points over Guangpu Qi of China, who finished in fourth place with a score of 95.93 points.

This is Irving’s fourth season on the Canadian National Team in men’s aerials. His previous best World Cup finish was a fourth place finish in Deer Valley, Utah on February 4, 2016.

On Sunday, Irving finished in 11th place in a second World Cup men’s aerials event in Secret Garden, China. The second World Cup was also won by Jia with Qi finishing with the silver medal.

After this weekend, Irving is in fourth place in the World Cup men’s aerials standings with 84 points. He is behind Jia, Qi and Gustik.

There are four more World Cup men’s aerials events prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The aerialists compete in Moscow on January 6, Deer Valley, Utah on January 12 and Lake Placid, New York on January 19 and 20.

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