Corbo captures first aerials World Cup medal

A thrilling week continued for the nation’s freestyle skiers, with Melissa Corbo capturing her first World Cup medal in aerials on Friday in Lake Placid.

Corbo’s success arrives a day after four World Cup medals were won in moguls. On Wednesday, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association also announced a four-year partnership deal publicly on the CBC program Dragons’ Den. A bit more financial stability will be a boost for a federation that enjoys ice hockey-level sport success on the international stage for Canada.

In a CFSA release Corbo said, “I really have no words for what I’m feeling. It’s an unbelievable surprise.”

Melissa Corbo (right) on the women's aerials podium at Lake Placid.

Melissa Corbo (right) on the women’s aerials podium at Lake Placid (Photo via CFSA).

No Canadian woman had finished on a World Cup podium in aerials since Vernika Bauer did it in 2008. Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya of Belarus (80.62) and Russia’s Veronika Korsunova (78.88) bettered Corbo’s score of 74.82 in the final run.

“It’s my first year on the World Cup tour,” Corby, 24, continued. “The weather made things difficult. I just felt good today. I have my family here to watch me. We’re so close to Quebec and it made it even more special. This is a great way to start the Olympic cycle for me. It’s really encouraging.”