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Aussies finalise preparations ahead of Lillehammer

7 February 2016


Snowboard halfpipe young gun Emily Arthur competed at the home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games finishing 18th at the Park City Grand Prix event.

In what was a classy field, the 16-year-old from Sydney’s Woronora Heights had a best score of 49.50 to see her finish third amongst YOG eligible athletes.

The event was won by American prodigy Chloe Kim who became the first women to record back to back 1080s and is set to head into the Lillehammer 2016 Games as the red hot favourite.

Snowboard Cross speedster Mollie Fernandez secured two strong results at Canada's Tabor Mountain in the Nor-Am Cup.

Fernandez opened the event with an 11th before finshing 12th in the final competition.

In positive signs for Lillehammer, the Geelong athlete was the second hihest ranked YOG eligible athlete in both events.

In Switzerland, cross country skiers Liam Burton and Lilly Boland took to the slopes against a host of Europe’s finest under 20 athletes for the Alpen Cup.

Jindabyne’s Burton managed 63rd in the sprint event to open the competition before recording a solid 47th in the 74 strong field in the 10km event.

Ulladulla’s Boland managed 47th in the sprint event and then went on to improve to 42nd in the 7.5km event.

Inexperienced luge competitor Beth Slade got some more valuable time on the track at the World Junior Championships in Winterberg.

The youngster from Caves Beach had three solid training runs and one competition run to finish 26th in only her fifth competition.

Slade will now return to Lillehammer determined to master the track that she came unstuck at the start of the season.

The Australian contingent of 17 athletes are now on their way to the home of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games and will begin arriving on Monday February 8th.

The Aussies will compete against 1,100 athletes from 71 nations in what is set to be an enthralling second edition of the Winter Youth Olympics.

Matt Bartolo

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