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.
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.
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