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.
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.
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