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Lassila to compete in World Cup ski event

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017 Glenn Cullen

Dual Olympic medallist Lydia Lassila will compete in her first aerial skiing event in almost three years as she targets a fifth Games in Korea next year.

The 34-year-old mother of two will turn out at the aerials World Cup meet in Lake Placid, New York this weekend.

A gold medallist at the Vancouver Olympics of 2010, she took out bronze four years later in her fourth Games.

Expected to retire after Sochi she instead took two years out of the sport before beginning preparations for a comeback in mid-2016.

A fifth Games would equal summer Olympians Natalie Cook, Jian Fang Lay and Mary Hanna for the most by an Australian woman.

Former aerial skier Jacqui Cooper got to five Games but was injured before competition at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics of 2002.

Lassila has been training in Finland in preparation.

"It was a solid month of training in Ruka in December and I kept the focus on building up slowly and having fun which I certainly did," she said.

"I'm pretty excited to head to Lake Placid and start competing again. I'm not sure I'll be in peak form however I'm going to stick to the same focus and keep building up slowly and having fun."

Even without Lassila Australia has continued to excel in the sport, Danielle Scott winning the last up World Cup event in China while Laura Peel was the 2015 world champion.

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