Katya Crema has had her first taste of Nor-Am competition this season, contesting nine events in Canada and the USA in slalom, GS, super G and super combined. The NSWIS/SSA Alpine National Program team member raced to a best result of 24th in super G earlier this month in Big Mountain, Montana.
Australia has three winter sports athletes ranked number one in the world for the first time.A maiden victory to Holly Crawford has propelled her to the number one snowboard halfpipe World Cup ranking, and a third win for the season to Dale Begg-Smith has confirmed his status as number one in the world in
Holly Crawford has won her first World Cup event and marched to the top of the World Cup standings with a strong performance in Furano, Japan. Crawford qualified in first place with a best score of 42.4 points, 1.1 points ahead of Paulina Ligocka of Poland, the 2007 World Championships bronze medallist.
Dale Begg-Smith has moved several steps closer to defending his World Cup title after a dual moguls victory and another fourth placing in Japan over the weekend. Begg-Smith claimed his third win for the season in dual moguls, qualifying first then subsequently taking the gold medal after fog prevented any further action on the Inawashiro course.
Demian Franzen has produced the best Australian result at the World Alpine Skiing championships in Are, Sweden, finishing in 19th place in the slalom. Franzen recorded a two run time of two minutes 7.82 seconds, 10.49 seconds behind the winning time of Austrian Mario Matt who took the gold with 1:57.33.
The AOC has announced a large scale immunisation program for Australian athletes competing at next year’s Beijing Olympics.In the coming months about one thousand potential team members will be offered vaccinations for Hepatitis, Typhoid, Polio, Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria
Jo Shaw has ridden to another top 20 World Cup result, finishing in 18th place in parallel giant slalom in Furano, Japan. Shaw was off the pace in the opening qualification round, finishing in 25th place with a time of 48.46 seconds, 3.41 seconds behind first round leader Amelie Kober of Germany. The 24-year-old Ski and Snowboard Australia rider fought back in the second qualifier, placing 11th but finishing two places outside the 16-woman head-to-head final rounds in 18th place.
Melissa Hoar and Emma Lincoln-Smith have tied for 11th place in a World Cup in Winterberg, Germany, echoing a Lincoln-Smith/Michelle Steele tie in last weekend's event in Cesana Pariol, Italy. The Olympic Winter Institute duo recorded a total time of two minutes and six hundredths of a second, 1.21 seconds behind race winner Katie Uhlaender of the United States. Steele, the leading Australian slider, finished in 14th place with a time of 2:00.77, 1.38 behind the winner.
Dale Begg-Smith has retained his number one world ranking despite missing the podium by one place in a World Cup in Inawashiro. The Olympic champion extended his lead over nearest rival Guilbaut Colas by 26 points, the Frenchman only managing 11th place in the Japanese event. With two events remaining in the season, Begg-Smith leads the World Cup title chase on 384 points, 43 points clear of Colas.