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Dale Begg-Smith led the Australian challenge at the opening mogul skiing World Cup in Tignes, France, overnight.

Australia's mogul skiers start their 2005/06 World Cup competition on Wednesday night in Tignes, France.

Top 15 to Torino-bound rider

13 December 2005

Damon Hayler has ridden to 15th place in the World Cup snowboard cross event in Whistler, Canada.

The OWI halfpipe men were in action over the weekend in Whistler alongside their fellow Australian alpine snowboarders.

Luger Hannah Campbell-Pegg has slid to her best result of the season, finishing in 33rd place in a World Cup event in Calgary, Canada, over the weekend.

Australia's leading women's bobsleigh pilot Astrid Loch-Wilkinson has driven to 18th place in a World Cup event in Igls, Austria, keeping herself and brakeman Kylie Reed closely in touch with a place in the line-up for the Torino 2006 Olympic competition.

Slalom specialist Jono Brauer has bounced back from his failure to finish in the opening race of the World Cup season, skiing to a 43rd place in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.

Two cross country skiers have completed the qualifying requirements for a place on the Australian team for Torino 2006, and another shown she is on track to join them after producing a record World Cup result.

Australian downhill skier Craig Branch has narrowly missed a top 60 per cent of field qualifying result for the Torino Winter Olympic Games team, finishing in 43rd place in the downhill in Val d'Isere, France.

Olympic gold medallist Australia came from behind to defeat title holder Spain 4-2 in the Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament here today.