Jono Brauer’s season is doubt following a recurrence of patella tendonitis after his return to Europe in December. Brauer reports that the pain of the condition has become so intense that he is “unable to ski slalom for more than a day a week”.
Paul Murray and Esther Bottomley made an impressive start in the opening Sprint of the China Tour de Ski, with Murray winning the opening men's time trial and Bottomley taking second place in the women's time trial. (Story courtesy of The XC Files.)
A tweaked knee in training has prevented Craig Branch from adding to his World Cup points, the Perisher Blue skier going out early in the famed Bormio downhill over the weekend.
In a brilliant start to the 2007/08 season for the OWI aerial skiing team, Jacqui Cooper and Lydia Lassila have emerged as number one and two in the world after the opening two events in China. Cooper came away from the Lianhuan Mountain season opener with two gold medals and a significant early lead on the World Cup standings.
Jacqui Cooper has won her second consecutive World Cup in China, posting a 200-plus score to claim the 21st victory of her career. Cooper landed both of her triple somersaults in Lianhua Mountain for a total of 204.28 points, defeating her nearest rival, reigning world champion Nina Li, by more than eight points.
OWI aerial skiing development team athlete David Morris has jumped to a silver medal in a US selection event in Park City. Morris scored 177.11 points for his lay-full and full-full combination of jumps, a score that OWI CEO Geoff Lipshut describes as “a strong score in a male event”.
Australia is on top of the aerial skiing world after Jacqui Cooper and Lydia Lassila (nee Ierodiaconou) finished first and second in the opening event of the 2008 World Cup season in Lianhua Mountain, China. Cooper maintained the dominance she displayed last season, but her Olympic Winter Institute team-mate provided the major story, collecting silver in her first World Cup event since the Torino Olympics, and on the back of a very limited preparation.
The New South Wales Institute of Sport/Ski and Snowboard Australia Development mogul team has arrived in Silver Star, BC, Canada, to commence training for their international season campaign. The team includes Emma Chapman-Davies, Nicole Parks, Sam Hall, David Graham, Rohan Chapman-Davies and Robert Lovick, who is also a dual scholarship athlete with the OWI.
Following the career-best results of Australian World Cup alpine skier Craig Branch, Australia’s best-ranked female alpine skier Katya Crema, has placed 12th in the latest Nor-Am Super G event held at Panorama Mountain Resort, BC, Canada. On a rough track, over a technical set, Crema raced down the Skyline/Old Timer course in a time of 1 minute 23.84 seconds in a solid, well-skied result in blustery conditions.
One Year to Go to PyeongChang 2018
Gallery | Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games
Did you know?
At Beijing 2008 Australia won 14 gold medals, 15 silver and 17 bronze, a total of 46 medals.
Did you know?
Australia continued its medal winning streak at the Winter Games with three athletes reaching the podium at Sochi 2014 - David Morris (Silver, Aerials), Torah Bright (Silver, Halfpipe) and Lydia Lassila (Bronze, Aerials).