Women's aerial event postponed

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— Jana Lindsey was ready to ski Sunday night at the top of the aerial hill in Sauze d'Oulx.

But the falling snow wouldn't cooperate.

"No, it wasn't too frustrating," Lindsey said about the event's postponement. "You want the competition to be safe and fair, and there isn't much we can do about this."

The heavy snowfall made it impossible for the skiers to get enough in-run speed to perform the tricks they wanted, so the event was postponed after several delays. A large and enthusiastic crowd of fans arrived at the stadium hours before the 6:30 p.m. start and cheered while watching the skiers warm up. Onlookers were caked in snow as they waited. However, at start time, organizers announced that the event would be pushed back to 8 p.m., and then to 8:30 p.m. The delay finally was announced about 2 hours after the competition's scheduled start time. It wasn't official, but it the event is expected to take place Tuesday.

"It's a bummer, but I can wait for a few more days," Lindsey said. "Emily (Cook) and I shared her iPod music for a while. I read a book for a little while, then tried to get back up and get ready to jump. I'm not worried or stressed out about it. There's nothing you can do about the weather, so there's no reason to get all concerned. I'm ready to jump whenever they say to jump."

Lindsey, who was born and raised in Blackhawk, S.D., was a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for several years while training with coach Damian Wells. She has many friends and former teammates in the Steamboat area.

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Lindsey competed at the Olympic trials in Steamboat at the end of December, but she crashed on a landing in competition. She said she recovered but has some neck pain as a result of the crash.

Sunday night's event was a qualifier for the medal round, which was scheduled for Wednesday evening under the lights at Sauze d'Oulx. The top 12 skiers in the qualification will compete in that event.

The men's aerial contest, in which The Lowell Whiteman School graduate Ryan St. Onge will compete, starts with qualifying rounds at 6:30 p.m. today. The finals for the men's event are scheduled for Thursday.

-- To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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