Bronze for Britt makes it four podiums out of five
3 February 2017
MOGULS: Australian mogul superstar Britt Cox has won bronze at the Deer Valley Moguls World Cup in Utah and retained her number one FIS world ranking.
Her bronze medal today adds to three previous golds this season (Ruka, Lake Placid and Calgary) highlighting an exceptional achievement, having now been on the podium in four out of five world cups, and 5th in the one world cup in which she didn’t medal (Val St Come).
Cox dominated the qualifying round of 33 women, maintaining the high execution level, which the mogul ski world now regard as par for the course by the talented and dedicated Victorian.
Going into the finals, the 22-year-old said the course was in good shape, and “classic Deer Valley - which is always great.”
In the first final for the top 16, Cox was joined by up-and-coming NSWIS skier Jakara Anthony who had qualified 7th with a PB of 70.80.
Anthony was unable to make the top six with Cox who made it through ranked in 3rd behind the eventual winner, Morgan Schild from USA.
Skiing fourth of the six finalists, Cox completed the course in 29.56 seconds for a strong base score of 52.40 points to place just behind Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe who had won the Val St Come World Cup and is currently second in the FIS Moguls World Ranking behind Cox.
American Morgan Schild delivered an exceptional run with a high degree of difficulty to win her first World Cup since 2015, scoring 81.27.
“I’m so excited with my podium here in Deer Valley tonight. Some people call this event the Super Bowl of Freestyle skiing and it’s my favourite stop on the World Cup tour,” Cox said.
“I’m yet to see the scores but I think I made a mistake on the top jump that may have cost me the top spot tonight but that’s something I’ll be working on over the next few days.
“My entire family and extended family are here and that makes it even more special.”
Coach Steve Desovich was happy with his athletes saying video review will continue to help with fine tuning.
“Britt skied well today with the exception of a few small errors,” Desovich said.
“She was able to produce a good performance over three runs and I am sure that she will learn a lot after we review the video and apply those lessons to the next competition opportunity, which is dual moguls here on Saturday (Sunday 11am AEDT).”
Matt Graham, coming off his win last week in Calgary, consistently remains in the top echelon after placing fourth.
Qualifying third in a larger-than-usual field of 53 competitors, Graham went on to finish second in the final 16, setting himself up for a repeat podium appearance with 79.18 points.
However, Canadian Phillipe Marquis pipped him for the bronze with 79.76 points.
"Overall today was quite a success," Graham said after the event.
"I am happy to have put down three solid runs in the qualifications and the two final rounds. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to be up on the podium which is a little dissapointing.
"I made a couple of errors in my super final run which cost me. I feel like I am skiing strong and with confidence so I plan to take that into duals on Saturday."
“We are very pleased with Matt's performance here. Jerry and I thought that he executed quite well overall. It will be good to re-examine the video to see what needs to be done moving forward,” coach Steve Desovich said.
Australia fielded a large moguls squad in Deer Valley. Other results in the men included Brodie Summers (35th), Rohan Chapman-Davies (37th) and Cooper Woods-Topalovic (DNF).
In the women’s, NSWIS skier Jakara Anthony, who is heading to the Asian Winter Games later this month, scored a PB of 70.80 in the qulification round before finishing a creditable 14th place with another PB (72.65).
Fellow Aussie Madi Himbury qualified in 17th and was unlucky to miss the first final. Other Australian women to hit the slopes today included Claudia Gueli (21st), Nicole Parks (24th) and Krystle Yin (26th).
The mogul skiers will be back in action this Sunday morning (5 February) for Dual Moguls from 11am.
Next stop on the Mogul Skiing World Cup is the Olympic Test Event at Bokwang in South Korea on February 11.