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.
Joh Shaw has slipped back one place on the World Cup snowboard parallel standings, but remains inside the world’s top 15, after the latest parallel GS event in La Molina, Spain. Shaw finished in 19th place in the event, the sixth of the season, missing a berth in the finals by three places.
Dale Begg-Smith is back on the top of the World Cup mogul skiing rankings after winning silver in Lake Placid, New York. Begg-Smith collected the 19th podium result of his career in finishing behind Canadian skier Warren Tanner, lifting his points for the season to 120, ten clear of Tanner.
Emma Lincoln-Smith has moved past AIS/OWI team-mate Michelle Steele as Australia’s leading skeleton athlete, after producing her third top ten result of the season. Lincoln-Smith finished in ninth place on the Torino Olympic track in Cesana to move into seventh place on the World Cup standings with 752 points, three places and 53 points clear of Steele.
Craig Branch has missed a result in the super G in Kitzbuhel, going out before the halfway mark of the Streifalm course. Branch will line up in the famed Hahnenkahm downhill on the same course this evening, AEDT, hoping to register his second World Cup points result for the season.
Former Olympic alpine skier Jenny Owens has won silver in a World Cup ski cross event in Flaine, France, in only the fifth event of her new freestyle career. Owens overcame minor knee and groin injuries to qualify in tenth place, then skied through three head-to-head final rounds to claim her first medal in the sport that will make its Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010.
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Germany’s Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer Games in the same year. Among other medals, she won skating silver in the 500m (Calgary 1988) and cycling silver in the match sprint (Seoul 1988).
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