Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:09 | By Agence France-Presse

Fifth time lucky for Tsuper trooper in aerials

Alla Tsuper shocked a top draw field to win the women's aerials at the Sochi Olympics on Friday in her fifth Games.


Fifth time lucky for Tsuper trooper in aerials

Gold Medallist, Belarus' Alla Tsuper competes in the Women's Freestyle Skiing Aerials finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014 - by Javier Soriano

The Belarussian had never before won a medal in four previous attempts and was ranked only 13th in the World Cup standings coming into the Olympics.

Yet the 34-year-old was the only athlete to land perfectly in the final four shoot out and she edged out world champion Xu Mengtao of China into silver with Australia's reigning Olympic champion Lydia Lassila taking bronze.

Tsuper's gold medal ensured this would be the most successful Winter Games in Belarus's history.

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