Aerial skiier David Morris overcomes knockbacks

WINTER OLYMPICS: David Morris, 29, endured years of setbacks before shocking rivals to win the silver medal in the men's aerial skiing.

Time and time again, he was knocked back by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia when applying for scholarships.

His rejection had become so renowned that Winter Olympic powerhouses Switzerland and Canada attempted to entice the Melburnian (pictured) to compete for them.

The OWIA finally granted him funding before the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he finished 13th.

A hip injury in 2011 threatened to end his career just as it was starting to take off, but he ploughed on and early yesterday morning won Australia's third medal in Sochi.

Throughout two rounds of qualifying and the first stage of the finals, Morris just kept landing on his feet, before doing it again in the super final of four competitors.

The first to jump - after being the last to qualify - he performed a double-Full Full-Full (quad twisting somersault) to score 110.41.

"I've never nailed four jumps in a row like that before," he said afterwards.

"I'm actually surprised I made it in.

"The last one (jump), I wasn't super confident doing that skill. I basically just closed my eyes and waited for the ground to come and it was right in front of me."

Three-time Olympian Anton Kushnir, from Belarus, went for the highest scoring jump possible - the Back Double Full-Full-Double Full (five twisting somersault) - and scored 134.50 to take the gold.

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