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Czech skier Ales Valenta was fifth after the opening round and knew he required something special to lift him up the rankings. What came next had never been seen in Olympic aerials competition before; a successfully executed quintuple twist and triple back-flip which sent the crowd absolutely wild. Valenta had looked pensive at the top of the run, but he exploded off the ramp and pirouetted through the air with impossible speed and precision.

aerials, Czech Republic, Freestyle Skiing, Salt Lake City 2002, Skiing, VALENTA, Ales, Men,

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