With both a strong skiing and gymnastics background, aerials proved the perfect fit for dual Olympian, Laura Peel. The Canberran was identified by Jacqui Cooper as a potential star of the sport in 2007 and four years later she made her debut on the World Cup circuit.
At her second Olympic campaign in PyeongChang 2018, Peel has just missed out securing a fourth PyeongChang medal to Australia's tally after finishing fifth in the women’s aerials. Peel attempted a Back Double Full-Full in the Super Final where she over-rotated and then back-slapped on her landing scoring 55.34.
With five World Cup medals to her name, Peel made her Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games. She progressed through qualification and had the fifth highest score in Final 1. A backslap in Final 2 saw her finish in the competition in a commendable seventh.
Peel became Australia’s fourth Australian aerials skier to win a World Championship event when she won gold in Kreischberg, Austria in 2015. Peel scored 88.47 in the final to edge the USA’s Kiley McKinnon and Xu Mengtao of China. Peel scored her best result of the 2016/17 season in Moscow, Russia where she claimed bronze. She progressed through to Final 2 at the 2017 World Championships before finishing the event in eighth.
The 28-year-old hit form at the perfect time ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Games securing back-to-back bronze medals at the Lake Placid World Cup just weeks out from her second Olympic appearance.