Camplin leads women jumpers

Kelly Hilliman is top American finisher

— Australian aerialist Alisa Camplin said she couldn't remember where she finished the last time she was in town for a World Cup event.

But she will not be forgetting her finish in Friday's Sprint Freestyle Grand Nationals anytime soon.

"It was one of my first (World Cup) events," Camplin said. "I was on the development team, so it was probably the 1998-99 season and I was certainly a development athlete when I was here -- falling all over the place. I had a big accident during the week that's all I can remember, but I had a much better experience this time around."

On Friday, Camplin scored 200.75 points to win the women's event. She beat out teammate Lydia Ierodiaconou, who finished with 191.70 points and Canadian Veronika Bauer, who was third with 188.67 points.

But Camplin is no longer a development athlete.

Last year, she won the gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics and just last week she topped the field at the World Championship, which was also held in Deer Valley

"It was a great finish for our team," Ierodiaconou said. "Especially after last week when I was a little bit hurt. Yesterday I spent all afternoon in the hospital getting injections (for back pain), so today was great."

Ierodiaconou had to watch her teammate Camplin and Chinese skier Nina Li follow her in the final round.

"There wasn't anything I could do about it," she said. "Things work out the way they should and I'm happy with the result today."

Li was fourth in the final results, Russian Anna Zukal came in fifth and Canadian Veronica Brenner was sixth.

The top American finish came from Kelly Hilliman, who recorded a seventh place. Jana Lindsey finished 11th after having a slight bobble on her landing in the second round and American Kate Reed placed 12th.

The women battled cold temperatures in the morning, which made jumping difficult.

By the time the finals rolled around in the afternoon, things had warmed up and the jumping was a little easier.

Li led the qualifying round with Camplin in second and Ierodiaconou in third.

Reed was the top American in the qualifying round with a sixth-place finish. Lindsey was ninth and Hilliman was 12th.

"We are pretty happy, we had all of our team in the finals today and this is a good thing for our country," Camplin said.

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