The FIS Snowboard World Championships concluded in La Molina, Spain on Sunday 23rd January with Australia finishing as the leading nation with three gold medals, after the record breaking success of AIS scholarship athletes Alex Pullin, Holly Crawford and Nathan Johnstone each winning a World Championship. Pullin, Crawford and Johnstone join a select group of Australian winter sport athletes who have won World Championships, consisting of Kirstie Marshall (Aerials), Jacqui Cooper (Aerials), Alisa Camplin (Aerials), Dale Begg-Smith (Moguls), Zali Steggall (Alpine) and Men’s 5000m relay team (Speed Skating).
Australia’s Emma Lincoln-Smith has maintained her seventh place in the Women’s Skeleton World Cup after the sixth round of the series in Winterberg, Germany, on Saturday. In tough conditions, the AIS squad of three sliders struggled to match the speed of their northern hemisphere rivals, finishing 14th, 15th and 17th in the field of 22 sliders, from 12 nations.
She may be only 16 years-old but Australian moguls skier Britt Cox is already earning a reputation for her plucky determination. After making her World Cup debut only last week in Canada, the AIS/NSWIS scholarship holder battled hard to turn disappointment into a creditable top 20 place over the weekend during the second day of a double-header at Lake Placid in the United States.
Australian ski cross team member Sami Kennedy scored her first podium finish for the season in the Europa Cup in Zweisimmen, Switzerland, last night, taking the bronze medal. After qualifying in 11th place, the 22-year-old AIS scholarship holder was second in her quarter final and the semi-final to advance to the final.
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