Dale Begg-Smith has finished in fifth place in a dual mogul skiing World Cup in Deer Valley, but continues to hold the number one world ranking. Begg-Smith, who is the reigning dual moguls world champion, made an uncharacteristic error in his head-to-head quarter-final battle, missing a jump and going down to US skier Landon Gardner.
Damon Hayler and Alex Pullin have both been eliminated in the quarter final round of the World Cup in Leysin, Switzerland, a disappointment for Hayler in particular, who had posted his best qualifying result for the season.
Craig Branch has finished in the top 30 in the third training run for the World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, France, inside three seconds behind the fastest time of US skier Bode Miller. Branch went down the 2.14 Olympic course in a time of one minute 37.32 seconds, 2.75 seconds behind Miller.
Australia’s three women aerial skiers have qualified for the final of the World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah. Jacqui Cooper led the way with second place, scoring 100.51 points to finish just behind Belarussian All Tsuper on 100.99.
Jenny Owens has qualified in 12th place in the ski cross World Cup in Deer Valley. Owens recorded one minute 13.18 seconds for the kilometre plus course, 2.19 seconds behind the fastest qualifier, four-time World Cup winner Ophelie David of France.
Jacqui Cooper has made her fourth podium in five events, winning silver in Deer Valley, Utah, to retain her clear lead at the top of the aerial skiing World Cup standings. Competing under lights on the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic site, Cooper landed untidily after performing a massive triple twisting triple somersault in her final jump, conceding the gold medal to reigning World Champion Nina Li of China.
Michelle Steele has produced another top ten performance in skeleton World Cup, finishing in 10th place on the Konigssee track in Germany. All three Australian Institute of Sport sliders finished in the top 15 of the field, Steele recording a time of one minute 41.07 seconds for tenth place, 1.72 seconds outside the winning time of World Cup leader Katie Uhlaender of the USA.
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.
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