Lewis Irving wins World Cup aerials silver in Belarus

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

Lewis Irving of Quebec City, Quebec won the silver medal on Saturday in a World Cup men’s aerials competition in Raubichi, Belarus. With Canada’s great success in freestyle skiing over the last decade, there has actually been very little success in aerials, so the podium performance by Irving could have come as a bit surprising.

Irving posted second place score of 124.43 points. Justin Schoenfeld of the United States won the gold medal with 124.89 points and Christopher Lillis of the United States won the bronze medal with 122.17 points. Irving reached the podium by 9.77 points over fourth place finisher Maxim Burov of Russia, who was in fourth place with 114.66 points.

In the 2019-20 World Cup aerials standings, Irving is in seventh place with 167 points. Burov is the leader with 273 points.

This was the fifth of seven World Cup men’s aerials competitions this season. The sixth World Cup will be in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 28 and the seventh is in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on March 8.

This was Irving’s second career World Cup men’s aerials medal. Irving previously won a bronze medal at a World Cup men’s aerials event in Secret Garden, China on December 16, 2017. Irving will be looking for continued success in China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 


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