Australian snowboarder Joh Shaw has made the first semi-final result of her career, just missing a bronze medal in the parallel slalom in Bad Gastein, Austria, overnight. Shaw finished fourth, eclipsing her previous best PSL result by eight places and climbing to 14th place on the world rankings.
Australia will have three representatives in action when the freestyle World Cup resumes in Les Contamines, France, at the weekend. Salt Lake 2002 alpine skiing representative Jenny Owens and NSWIS skier Katya Crema will contest the skier cross event, with Crema making her World Cup debut in the discipline.
The NSWIS/SSA Snowboard Halfpipe Development Team is back in full training mode after a brief break over the Christmas/New Year period. The halfpipes and parks in Copper Mountain and Breckenridge are in amazing shape and while it’s been cold, there has been excellent training conditions for the athletes.
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.
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