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.
The NSWIS/SSA Halfpipe Development Team resumed northern hemisphere training in Colorado on November 20. Although there was limited terrain open at the time, there have been significant snowfalls since, allowing all the resorts around the area to be close to 100% open. Athletes in the team include Nathan Johnstone, Charlie Steibacher, Sam Murphy, Jarryd Williams and Jason Maxfield.
The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The Board and staff of the OWI would like to wish all Australian Winter Sport athletes, their families and all winter sport supporters a very happy holiday period and a most prosperous and successful year ahead in 2008.
Jo Shaw has ridden to her third top 20 result for the season, finishing in 20th place in the World Cup in Nendaz, Switzerland. Shaw was the ninth fastest down the red course in her opening qualifying run, posting a time of 38.74 seconds, 2.32 behind the fastest rider, Selina Joerg of Germany.
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