Jacqui Cooper has claimed the 29th podium result of her career, finishing in second place to Chinese aerial skier Nina Li in the second round of the 2006/07 World Cup season in Jilin Beida Lake, China. Cooper missed her chance to collect a record-equalling 17th career victory with a low scoring triple twisting triple somersault in the opening round of the event, scoring just 84.44 points for sixth place behind a brace of five Chinese skiers.
Jacqui Cooper has finished in fifth place in the opening World Cup event in Jilin Beida Lake, China. Chasing a record-equalling 17th career victory, Cooper was lying in third place behind Chinese skiers Nina Li and Xin Zhang after the opening round of jumps.
Jacqui Cooper has the chance to take the world record for most women's aerial skiing victories when she competes in China this weekend. Cooper will line up in Jilin Beida Lake for the opening two events of the 2006/07 World Cup, resting on a career tally of 16 victories.
Michelle Steele has improved one place in her second skeleton World Cup of the season, finishing eighth on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City. Steele slid to a two-run combined time of one minute 42.16 seconds, 1.26 seconds behind the winning time of American Katie Uhlaender. Olympic Winter Institute team-mate Emma Lincoln-Smith was in 12th place, 1.55 seconds behind the winner.
Former downhill skiing Olympian - and now skier cross athlete - Jenny Owens, has become the third Australian to succumb to a major injury at the start of the 2006/07 season. Owens was competing in the Jeep King of the Mountain in Snowbird late last week racing in the small final (for third and fourth placing) when she landed on top of one of the double jumps and injured her knee.
Alex Merriman has matched the best result of his career, skating to 11th place in the 1500 metres in Saguenay, Canada. Merriman had also finished 11th in the Korean leg of the World Cup in October, over the same distance. Competing in just his third senior event, the Brisbane 17-year-old qualified second in his preliminary round to go straight through to the semifinals. In the semis he placed fourth, then was fourth again in the B final for the overall placing of 11th.
Ami Wallace has led the performances of Australia's fledgling AIS/OWI skeleton team in the America's Cup race in Lake Placid this morning, producing the first top ten result of the season. Wallace finished in eighth place in a time of one minute 58.27 seconds, 2.71 seconds behind race winner Annie O'Shea of the USA,.
Australia's two leading alpine skiers, Craig Branch and Jono Brauer, have both gone under the surgeon's knife after sustaining leg injuries in a World Cup event in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Branch, 29, and Brauer, 25, are likely to be out of racing for up to 12 months.