Lydia Lassila, of Australia, reacts after landing her jump during the World Cup freestyle aerials competition, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Val Saint Come, Quebec.
Lydia Lassila, of Australia, reacts after landing her jump during the World Cup freestyle aerials competition, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Val Saint Come, Quebec. AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Paul Chiasson

A few days off between bronze and future plans

WINTER OLYMPICS: Bronze medallist Lydia Lassila will take a few days to celebrate her achievement at the Sochi Games before deciding on her future in the sport.

The freestyle aerial skier, defending champion at these Games, finished behind Alla Tsuper of Belarus who won gold with 98.01 points and China's Mengtao Xu in Saturday's final.

Lassila, who in practice became the first woman to perform the quad-twisting triple somersault, failed to land the jump in the super final but has no regrets.

"That was the plan," she told Channel 10. "It was really an all-or-nothing approach. I had nothing to lose. It was just an amazing opportunity for me to do that.

" I've wanted to do that trick for 15 years. I saw the guys at Mount Buller doing it at a World Cup in 1999, and I was just mesmerised. I couldn't ski yet, but I thought, 'I want to jump like a guy. I want to do that trick'.

"It's been a long journey ever since. I've been trying my whole career to do that. It was really important for me to realise that."

Lassila took time out after the last Olympics in Vancouver to have a baby and to think about her future and the question now is whether she will stay on for a record-equalling fifth Olympic Games.

"Right now I know I have left my mark and that's what I set out to do," said the 32-year-old.

"I have reached my potential. It would be great to always do more but that was a maximum effort from me today and I couldn't have done any better.

"We need to get through this. I'll calm down and talk to my husband and we'll make that decision together."


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