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.
Jenny Owens has collected her second World Cup medal in a week, adding bronze in Kreischberg, Austria, to the silver she won in Flaine, France. The former Olympic alpine skier reinforced her new status in the top echelon of the Games’ new freestyle discipline, maintaining her hold on fourth place in the World Cup standings.
Craig Branch has finished in 38th place in the renowned Hahnenkahm downhill in Kitzbuhel, his best placing in one of the toughest events on the circuit. Branch covered the 3.2km Streif course in a time of one minute 56.26 seconds, 3.41 seconds behind the gold medal-winning time of World Cup downhill defending champion Didier Cuche of Switzerland.
Ski and Snowboard Australia rider Joh Shaw experienced mixed fortunes in the double-headed World Cup parallel snowboard meet in La Molina, Spain, over the weekend. Shaw finished in 19th place in the opening parallel GS event, the sixth of the season, missing a berth in the finals by just three places.
Emma Lincoln-Smith has moved past AIS/OWI team-mate Michelle Steele as Australia’s leading skeleton athlete, after producing two top ten results in a double-header World Cup in Cesana, Italy. Lincoln-Smith finished in seventh place in the opening event on the Torino 2006 track, completing the two runs in a total time of two minutes and one tenth of a second, 1.72 seconds behind race winner Kerstin Juergens of Germany.
Torah Bright has continued the defence of her 2007 Burton Open Series title, by finishing second at the Burton European Open even in Laax, Switzerland. In a field containing the world’s best female riders, Bright scored 88.33 points to go down narrowly to 2002 Olympic halfpipe champion Kelly Clark of the USA on 92.67 points. Rounding out the podium was 2006 Olympic halfpipe champion Hannah Teter, also of the USA, who scored 82.67 points.
Katya Crema competed in her second skier cross World Cup in Kreishberg, Austria. Katya reports on her experience in training and qualifying: “After two training runs I felt very comfortable with the course. The jumps weren`t quite as large as Les Contamines, and the landings were much smoother and steeper.”
Jacqui Cooper has collected her third straight aerial skiing victory for the season with a dominant performance at the Lake Placid World Cup in New York state. Cooper landed her two triple somersaults to earn 213.95 points from the judges, a massive 15.74 points clear of her nearest challenger, Xinxin Guo of China. AIS/OWI team-mate Lydia Lassila (nee Ierodiaconou) finished in fourth position on 182.05.
Joh Shaw has slipped back one place on the World Cup snowboard parallel standings, but remains inside the world’s top 15, after the latest parallel GS event in La Molina, Spain. Shaw finished in 19th place in the event, the sixth of the season, missing a berth in the finals by three places.
Dale Begg-Smith is back on the top of the World Cup mogul skiing rankings after winning silver in Lake Placid, New York. Begg-Smith collected the 19th podium result of his career in finishing behind Canadian skier Warren Tanner, lifting his points for the season to 120, ten clear of Tanner.
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