Alex Merriman has topped the Australian results at the second short track World Cup of the season, held in Jeonju City, Korea, over the weekend. The 17-year-old OWI skater finished in 11th place overall in the 1500m, posting a fifth place in the B final. He made the B final after a strong effort to come from behind on the last corner of his semifinal.
Alex Merriman and Elliott Shriane have proved the best of the Australian team at the opening event of the short track speed skating World Cup season, in Changchun, China. Merriman won his preliminary round of the 1000m race, then finished second in the first heat, to move through to the quarter finals, where he was eliminated after placing fourth, ultimately finishing in 14th place.
Another exciting phase in Australian winter sport is about to get underway with the announcement of a new squad of skeleton athletes by the Australian Institute of Sport and the OWI. Surf lifesaving has once again supplied the vast majority of the talented athletes who have been selected to join our three established skeleton athletes for another tilt at Olympic and World Cup sliding glory.
Jono Brauer has continued his successful campaign across the Tasman by winning the slalom and super G in the New Zealand National Championships.
OWI moguls skier Ramone Cooper has shown he is ready to take on the World Cup full time next season with strong performances in domestic events in August.
Australian skier Ben Sim and New Zealand's Samantha Bonderenko have claimed the trophies in the 2006 FIS Australia New Zealand Cup, the only southern hemisphere FIS Continental Cup series for cross country skiing.
Encouraged by the remarkable success of its 2004-2006 skeleton program, the Australian Institute of Sport has announced a National Talent Search Program to identify athletes prepared to commit themselves toward Australian representation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.