‘I’m in disbelief’: Aussie snubbed after touchy judge scores

HE WAS left perplexed and disappointed, but Aussie David Morris has remained classy and pragmatic after being controversially bundled out of the final of the Men's Aerial Skiing at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Morris finished 10th in a field of 12, with nine skiers advancing into the next round of the final. The Australian completed his back full-double full-full but was slightly forward on the landing to score 111.95.

But Australian viewers were stunned by the judging decision that saw China's Jia Zongyang, the bronze medallist in Sochi, outscore Morris despite crashing out during his landing.

Zongyang scored 118.55, with scoring based on the difficulty of the jump, the form during the jump and the landing.

He then went on to win the silver medal, failing to win gold by less than half a point.

The decision means Morris' Winter Olympics career could potentially be over.

China's Jia Zongyang finishes his landing during the Men’s Aerial Skiing final. He scored 118.55. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP
China's Jia Zongyang finishes his landing during the Men’s Aerial Skiing final. He scored 118.55. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

However Morris, a silver medallist from Sochi, was gracious about the judges' decision, despite being left obviously puzzled.

"I think a couple of us are confused about that. My coach went and asked the judges, they gave him 4m of controlled skiing which is what counts for a landing," he said.

"You can watch replays and slow mo and argue as much as you want. They gave him a four-metre stance where he had control.

"I can't argue it. Tough luck for me. That's how these sports go. If we don't like judged sports, I'll checkout running where it's timed.

"It can't be undone now. It is what it is. I've accepted it. It's fine. I'm pretty happy with myself just to be here and in one piece. Still alive. Goal No. 1, didn't die."

David Morris lands. He scored 111.95, finishing tenth of 12, one spot away from advancing in the final. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
David Morris lands. He scored 111.95, finishing tenth of 12, one spot away from advancing in the final. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

On commentary for Channel 7, Olympic gold medal skier Lydia Lassila was left stunned.

"I'm in disbelief. It's really unfortunate. Dave is out of the next round. Which he had a real chance (of winning)," she said.

"David didn't have the perfect jump. This is a tough competition. Jia fell over after an uncontrolled landing. (The) rules are you need to ski in a controlled position.

"If you do catch an edge at the bottom of the landing hill they'll reward you. He was not in control on that landing. He fell over.

"So 118 for that I'm in disbelief. It's really unfortunate."



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