Freestyle Skiing

CBC Sports - Monday Feb. 17, 2014 09:37 ET

Travis Gerrits finishes 7th in men's freestyle skiing aerials

Milton, Ont. native was in contention for a medal

Travis Gerrits seventh
Freestyle skier Travis Gerrits finished in 7th place in men's aerials in Sochi on Monday. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Canadian freestyle skier Travis Gerrits finished in seventh place in men's aerials on Monday.

Gerrits, who had a nasty crash in his first jump of the day, rebounded nicely and was among the final eight in the field that started with 21 competitors, but finished just out of the top four who went on to ski for a medal in the final round.

Gerrits executed a solid full double full full quad-twisting triple and was given a score of 111.95 on his final jump. That was on the bubble to move on, and as it turned out it wasn't enough. He was edged out by Australian skier David Morris with a score of 115.05, who went on to grab the silver in the next round.

Gerrits had medal ambitions in the event, having won a world cup race in Beijing last year and having come in second place in the world championship in Voss, Norway.

The gold went to Bielorussian skier Anton Kushnir. Silver went to Morris and the bronze went to Chinese skier Zongyan Jia.

Jia and his Chinese teammate Guangpu Qi dominated the world cup season but they both bobbled their final jumps.

Kushnir was the pace-setter in that event, having thrown down an impressive score of 134.50 in hisfinal attempt. That was almost 25 points higher than anyone else's score.

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