Australian bobsleigh pilot Chris Spring has continued his strong campaign for Olympic selection, driving to a bronze medal and a fourth placing in America’s Cup races in Lake Placid, while Torino Olympian Astrid Loch Wilkinson added three silver medals to her season tally.
Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin has produced the best Australian result at the snowboard cross World Cup in Telluride, finishing in 15th place. Pullin qualified in 25th position, then won his round of 32 finals encounter before being eliminated in the quarter-final round of the Colorado event.
Craig Branch was back in alpine skiing World Cup action at the weekend, finishing in 44th place in the downhill on the famed Val Gardena piste. Branch covered the 3.5km Saslong course in two minutes 4.48 seconds, 3.11 seconds behind the winning time of Canadian Manuel Paradis-Osborn.
Esther Bottomley has skied to her best cross country result for the season, finishing in 44th position in the the 1.0km sprint in Rogla, Slovenia. Bottomley recorded four minutes 35.19 seconds in the qualification round, 26.30 seconds behind the fastest qualifier, Polish skier Justyna Kowalczyk.
Alex Almoukov has matched his career best result, placing 76th in the men’s 20km World Cup event in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Almoukov was one of only nine biathletes in the 127-man field to record a solitary shooting penalty, a great result for the Berridale 19-year-old.
Lachlan Hay has defeated close friend and housemate Jeremy Beck in the battle for Australia’s one male short track speed skating berth at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Lachlan Hay has defeated close friend and housemate Jeremy Beck in the battle for Australia’s one male short track speed skating berth at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Hay outskated Beck in a time trial, covering the 1000m distance two seconds faster than his AIS/OWI team-mate, then came out on top in a head to head match race to clinch the Games position.
Michelle Steele and Lucy Chaffer have taken the quinella in successive America’s Cup skeleton races, the pair sharing victories in a dominant display of sliding. Steele marked her move down from World Cup ranks with a gold medal performance in the first of the two events, racing down the Lake Placid track in New York in a combined time of one minute 54.05 seconds, 0.74 seconds ahead of her AIS team-mate and a massive 2.26 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Bree Munro has matched her career best aerial skiing performance, placing sixth in the opening World Cup of the season in China, while team-mate David Morris also delivered a huge pb.
For short track speed skaters Lachlan Hay and Jeremy Beck the quest to compete at the Vancouver Olympics will be realised or extinguished tomorrow.
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