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"My day was pretty hard," he said. "I pulled my groin in Lake Placid a few weeks ago and I've been struggling with that ever since — and today it was really bad and I was on pain killers. But despite that, in the super finals I did a good jump and I felt good in the air, but the landing was too soft and I punched front (buried his skis in the soft snow and tumbled forwards). Actually, everyone fell and it was really just a matter of who fell the worst and I guess that was me."
Guangpu Qi of China took the win, followed by teammate Zhongqing Liu. Denis Ospiau of Belarus was third.
In the new format, athletes can make as many as five different jumps in a day including the qualifier, and in the one-jump finals and super-finals the athletes have to land different tricks. As a result, athletes have to train a lot of different tricks to ensure that they not only have something new for the super-final, but also to ensure that their last few tricks have a high enough degree of difficulty to win. Jean-Christophe Andre was 19th, while Gerrits, suffering from an ear infection and cold, was 25th.
In the women's competition, Canada's Sabrina Guerin finished her day in 17th. China's Mengtao Xu won gold, followed by Laura Peel of Australia and Tanja Schaerer was third.
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