Belarus denied first Winter Olympics gold

Feb. 23, 2006 at 2:00 PM
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SAUZE D'OULX, Italy, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- China's Han Xiaopeng denied Belarus its first gold medal in Winter Olympics history Thursday by winning the men's freestyle skiing aerials.

Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus led after the first jump, but failed to deliver a knockout performance on the second. He had to settle for what was his country's third Winter Games silver medal. Belarus also has won three bronze medals.

Han totaled 250.77 points for his two jumps while Dashinski managed 248.68. Dashinski led by less than a point following the first jump.

Russian Vladimir Lebedev was third with 246.76 points, followed by Alexei Grishin of Belarus and Kyle Nissen of Canada.

American Jeret Peterson stood third after the first jump, but stumbled on his second to finish seventh.

Freestyle skiing came to an end at the Turin Olympics with the United States having won only one bronze medal in the four events. At Salt Lake City four years ago, American freestyle skiers won three silver medals.

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