No meal repeat for Joe Pack in Turin
The U.S. Ski team’s woes continue in Turin and Park City’s Joe Pack is the newest casualty.
According to reports from the U.S. Ski Team, the 2002 Olympic silver medallist caught an edge and crashed in his first jump in Monday’s qualifying event in Sauze d’Oulx earning a disappointing 97.57 score. He was able to rebound in his second attempt and earn 113.76 points and a 15th place finish, but it was not enough points to carry him to Thursday’s finals. Only the top 12 finishers advance to the final round of competition.
The failure to advance is likely to be extra frustrating for "Team Pack" the large contingent of Pack family members that made the trip over to Turin, including his parents and many of his siblings.
In fact, it was a difficult day almost all around for the American freestyle team. Ryan St. Onge (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) finished behind Pack at 16th with a score of 207.75. Eric Bergoust (Missoula, Mont.), 1998 Olympic gold medallist and four-time Olympian was right behind in 17th, with 205.85 total points.
The lone bright spot for the Americans was Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, Idaho) who was able to launch himself into the final round with an eighth-place standing after finishing with 227.21 points.
Thursday’s finals start at 10:30 a.m. (MST) XX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES Sauze d’Oulx, ITA – Feb. 20, ,2006 Men’s Aerials Qualifying (top 12 make finals) 1. Xiaopeng Han, China, 250.45 points 2. Dmitri Dashinski, Belarus, 249.34 3. Warren Shouldice, Canada, 243.45 4. Alexei Grishin, Belarus, 242.87 5. Vladimir Lebedev, Russia, 241.48 — 8. Jeret Peterson, Boise, Idaho, 227.21 15. Joe Pack, Park City, Utah, 211.33 16. Ryan St. Onge, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 207.75 17. Eric Bergoust, Missoula, Mont., 205.85 For complete results: http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/IDF/FR/C73C_FRM030901.html
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