Six Australian skiers will see World Cup action this weekend in Deer Valley, Utah, as the freestyle ski circuit continues in North America. Two of them will go in with world number one rankings, while two others are within the top four in the world in their various sports.
In an opening day of divergent performances at the 2008 Skeleton World Championships, Emma Lincoln-Smith has delivered the best intermediate result by the Australian Institute of Sport’s three athletes. In the first two rounds of the four run event, Lincoln-Smith posted a total time of two minutes 7.08 seconds, but recorded an 11th placing for her first run before slipping to 20th place on her second journey down the Altenberg track.
Australian junior figure skating champion Cheltzie Lee has just spent six weeks in Colorado Springs training with renowned figure skating coach Cathy Casey, and reports on what a great experience it all was.
Lydia Lassila has continued her comeback to the top echelon of aerial skiing, winning bronze in a World Cup in Mont Gabriel, Canada. While team-mate Jacqui Cooper was out of contention after missing her opening jump, Lassila (nee Ierodiaconou) made her second podium of the season and moved up to the world number two ranking behind her Olympic Winter Institute team-mate
Dale Begg-Smith has finished in fifth place in the World Cup in Mont Gabriel, Canada, but retains his position as the world’s number one mogul skier. Begg-Smith’s turns were again up with the top of the field, rating second with the judges on 14.0 points compared to the 14.3 of event winner Guilbaut Colas of France.
Craig Branch has made the second top 30 result of the season and his career, finishing in a tie for 29th place alongside Robbie Dixon of Canada and Andrej Sporn of Slovenia in the World Cup downhill in Chamonix.
Torah Bright has finished in second place in the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, going down to Torino 2006 silver medallist Gretchen Bleiler of the USA in a star-studded field of the world’s best halfpipe riders.
KT Calder has skied to the best World Cup result of her career, finishing 43rd in the 10km Freestyle in Canmore, Canada. It was a solid performance from the 27-year-old ACT Academy of Sport athlete in her return to World Cup racing, though she is probably a little short of peak form at the moment.
Two Australian sliders have made the top ten in the Skeleton World Cup in St Moritz, Michelle Steele returning to her best form for a sixth place and Emma Lincoln-Smith finishing two places further back in eighth. Steele, who started the season with a fifth placing, climbed back into the world’s top ten when she finished 2.22 seconds behind World Cup leader Katie Uhlaender of the United States.
Dale Begg-Smith has emphatically confirmed his status as the world’s number one moguls skier, winning gold in Lake Placid to stretch his lead at the top of the World Cup points table. Begg-Smith’s 13th career victory followed a silver medal at the same New York state venue on Friday, and propels him to a 64-point lead in the title chase.
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Germany’s Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer Games in the same year. Among other medals, she won skating silver in the 500m (Calgary 1988) and cycling silver in the match sprint (Seoul 1988).
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Australia has hosted the Olympic Games twice – Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.