The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is backing a call by Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for a World Youth Olympics.AOC President John Coates said today he had discussed the plan with Jacques Rogge and “indicated to the President the AOC’s enthusiastic support”.
Ramone Cooper has followed up his impressive World Freestyle Championship debut with a fourth placing in dual moguls in the World Junior Freestyle Championships, missing the podium by the barest margin. After placing fifth in the single moguls on Sunday, Cooper again qualified poorly, landing a head-to-head meeting with the single moguls gold medallist Bryon Wilson of the USA in the opening round of the finals.
Former Australian alpine national champion Sarah Sauvey has followed the lead of Salt Lake 2002 skier Jenny Owens in switching to ski cross, finishing 12th in the World Championships on March 6.
Holly Crawford has finished runner-up in the snowboard halfpipe 2007 World Cup, after riding to her sixth podium result for the season in Stoneham, Canada. The 23-year-old Sydney rider just missed out in her attempt to add a third World Cup title to Australia's 2007 winter sports tally, but equalled the 2004 performance of Torino Olympic team-mate Torah Bright in finishing second on the end of season points table.
Ramone Cooper has finished in sixth place in moguls in the Freestyle Junior World Championships in Airolo, Switzerland. Cooper scored a very high 26.85 points in the final, but was then swamped by a rash of scores in the high twenties.
Joanne Carter and Sean Carlow will represent Australia at the World Figure Skating Championships this week. In a change from previous years, skaters will not have to negotiate a qualifying round before going into the short program.
Athletics Australia today named a squad of 40 athletes to participate in the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Osaka, Japan in August 2007. The squad is headed by 2003 world 400m hurdles champion Jana Rawlinson and 2005 World Championship bronze medallist Craig Mottram.
In a series of performances that did not quite live up to expectations, Ben Sim has produced the best result at the World Junior/Under 23 Cross Country Championships. Sim finished in 37th place in the U23 15km freestyle, 3 minutes and 39 seconds behind race winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland. The Cooma 21-year-old was 25 seconds outside the top 30, one of the goals going into the race.
Torah Bright wrapped up the Burton Global Open Series at the weekend, leaving Stratton Mountain, Vermont, in style with a US$100,000 cheque for the series win and a Volvo C30 T5. The 20-year-old Torino 2006 team member finished third in the final event of the series, the US Open Snowboarding Championships, behind Salt Lake 2002 gold medallist Kelly Clark of the United States and her compatriot Gretchen Bleiler, the Torino 2006 silver medallist.
Damon Hayler has climbed to a world ranking of nine after riding to seventh place in a snowboard cross World Cup event in Stoneham, Canada. Hayler saved his best performance of the season for the Cup finale, qualifying in ninth place then winning his heat of the round of 32 and placing second in his quarter final.