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Bohonnon finishes 5th in men’s aerials for U.S.; Kushnir wins for Belarus

Sochi Olympics Freestyle Skiing Men

Mac Bohonnon of the United States reacts after finishing a jump during the men’s freestyle skiing aerials final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Andy Wong

Team USA’s Mac Bohonnon (pictured) narrowly missed out on a chance to compete for an Olympic medal.

Bohonnon, 18, delivered a Full-Double-Full-Full for his Final 2 jump that earned him a 113.72, but China’s Qi Guangpu - the last man to jump in Final 2 - knocked him from the top four with a score of 116.74 and sent the first-time Olympian to a fifth-place result.

Nonetheless, the Top-5 finish has to be a big accomplishment for Bohonnon, who earned the chance to compete in Sochi when a teammate was injured at a World Cup event last month in Quebec.

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He went in and finished second in that particular event. A month later, he’s come within one jump of battling for a podium on one of sport’s biggest stages.

All in all, not bad.

As for the super final itself, Anton Kushnir completed an aerials sweep for his country of Belarus after Alla Tsuper won the women’s competition.

Grabbing silver was David Morris, the first Australian man to win an aerials medal. China’s Jia Zongyang won the bronze.

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1. Anton Kushnir (BLR), 134.50
2. David Morris (AUS), 110.41
3. Jia Zongyang (CHN), 95.06
4. Qi Guangpu (CHN), 90.00
5. Mac Bohonnon (USA), Eliminated in Final 2

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