Dale Begg-Smith has captured the dual mogul skiing title at the World Freestyle Championships, leading a medal feast by Australia's winter sports athletes. Following up on his World Championship silver medal in single moguls a day earlier, Begg-Smith qualified first in the dual format event in Madonna, then demolished his opponents in the head-to head final rounds.
Holly Crawford has won the bronze medal in the second last event of the season, at Lake Placid, New York State, USA. Rounding out the most successful weekend in Australian winter sports history, Torah Bright won the World Superpipe Championships in the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic pipe (see separate story). The result drops her to second place on the World Cup standings behind main rival Manuela Laura Pesko, but still leaves her with a strong chance to take the title.
Jacqui Cooper has won World Championship bronze in aerial skiing, eight years after winning the world title in 1999. Cooper led after the opening round of jumping, scoring 110.76 points with her triple twisting triple somersault to be seven points clear of the field.
Dale Begg-Smith has captured the dual mogul skiing title at the World Freestyle Championships, leading a medal feast by Australia's winter sports athletes.Skiing alongside him in the northern Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio, Jacqui Cooper won World Championship bronze in aerial skiing
Dale Begg-Smith has continued his brilliant 2007 ski season with a silver-medal winning performance at the World Championships in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Begg-Smith went down in the final to Canadian skier Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, but made the podium in a major championship for the third time in three attempts.
Jacqui Cooper and Liz Gardner have both made it through to the aerial skiing final of the world championships, due to be contested at 12:15am Sunday 11. Gardner was in ninth place on 155.30 points after landing her double twisting double somersault and then a near perfect single twisting double.
Torah Bright has picked up another snowboard halfpipe pro trophy, winning the World Superpipe Championships in the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic pipe. Bright defeated Japanese rider Soko Yamaoka and the 2002 Olympic gold medallist Kelly Clark, taking the $15,000 first prize in the best of three runs event.
Torino 2006 team member Damon Hayler has finished in 15th place in snowboard cross in a World Cup in Lake Placid. With detailed results not available at the time of writing, Alex Pullin was 12 places further back in 27th place, while Taan Robrahn was near the rear of the field in 57th place.
Jacqui Cooper has a chance to make aerial skiing history this weekend when she competes at the Freestyle World Championships in Italy. And Olympic Winter Institute team-mate Dale Begg-Smith will also be looking to write his name in the record book as one of only three men to simultaneously hold Olympic gold, the World Cup title and the World Championship.
Paul Murray made an impressive return to international competition at the 2007 Nordic World Ski Championships last week, finishing in 38th place in the sprint. With his back injury now behind him, however, he was disappointed not to qualify for the top 30 and a place in the finals. Team-mate Ben Sim also had a pretty good race, losing a little time on the flatter sections of the course but still finishing 51st (out of 83 starters).
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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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