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World Champion Kelly Sidaru of Estonia wins Women’s Freeski Slopestyle at Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020

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Location: Leysin Park & Pipe, Switzerland

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Turning up at a Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and facing the prospect of  competing against the World Champion at senior level appears an impossible ask.

So it proved to be the case in Leysin Park and Pipe as the overwhelming favourite, Kelly Sidaru of Estonia, added Youth Olympic gold to her senior World Championships title. She had been hotly tipped to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 but missed out due to injury.

Indeed, Sidaru ranks her victory at Lausanne 2020 alongside her triumph in the senior World Championships, if not better. She commented prior to competition: “I think the Youth Olympic Games is a bigger event [than the World Championships] and everything is organised a bit better,” she said. “It is maybe more important, or maybe it is just different. But it is big, for sure. Getting a medal here would rank just the same as the World Championships. And the World Champs are a really big event.”

Sidaru, as expected, dominated the competition, but China’s Ailing Eileen Gu came close to pulling off a shock. The 17-year old Estonian’s best of her 3 runs was her second with judges awarding a score of 93.75.

Gu came close on her 3rd run with a score of 93.25 but settle for the silver medal. Jennie Lee Burmansson of Sweden won bronze.

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