Australian snowboarder Holly Crawford has won the silver medal in a halfpipe World Cup in Bardonecchia, Italy, the best result of her career. Crawford won the qualifying round in the Torino 2006 Olympic pipe with an impressive 43.6 points, 2.4 points ahead of 2007 World Champion Manuela Pesko of Switzerland.
Jo Shaw has revisited the Torino 2006 Games venue, finishing in 26th place on the Bardonecchia parallel giant slalom course. Shaw posted a time of 43.62seconds for 28th place in the first qualifying round, 3.85 seconds behind the fastest time of Italian rider Isabella Dal Balcon.
New South Wales skiers Will Clifford and Brenton Fetterplace will launch Australian competition at the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships tonight, skiing in the super G. The two Thredbo skiers are part of a five-member Ski and Snowboard Australia team which also includes ACT brothers Bryce Stevens and Hugh Stevens, and Swiss-based Demian Franzen.
Australia remains in the top five nations on the medal tally but our performances “dipped” in 2006 as other countries showed dramatic improvement.On the latest statistics based on Olympic benchmark events and world rankings, Australia finished 2006 with 42 medals, 17 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze.
Three OWI athletes were recognised in the 2007 Australia Day Honours list, a fitting acknowledgment of their achievements in winning Olympic medals during the past 8 years. Zali Steggall, Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin were all awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
In a game full of many highlights, three pieces of brilliance stood out in the second match of the Kookaburras vs Netherlands four-test series that saw Australia get over the line 5-4.
Ski and Snowboard Head Alpine Coach Matt Lyons reports on Australia's National Alpine Development Women's program. "After arriving in Alberta, Canada, toward the end of November, following the successful completion of their Year 12 exams, NSWIS scholarship athletes Tomi Crewes and Katya Crema proceeded to get their 'snow-feet' back, after what was a significant break over the past schooling year."
Holly Crawford has won her first international event, taking the European Open halfpipe event in Laax, Switzerland, overnight. Crawford defeated Canadian rider Sarah Conrad and Ellery Hollingsworth from the USA in a performance that OWI Head Halfpipe Coach Ben Wordsworth described as the best of her career.
Jo Shaw has finished in 35th place in the World Cup parallel slalom in Nendaz, Switzerland. Shaw recorded a qualifying run time of 37.64 seconds, 2.69 seconds behind German rider Selina Joerg, missing a place in the second qualifying round.