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.
Craig Branch has crashed out of the Wengen downhill overnight, but escaped injury in one of the most famous races on the circuit. Skiing from bib number 42, Branch went out halfway down the course, but will be fit to tackle the mighty Kitzbuhel downhill next weekend.
Alex Pullin has produced the best result of his career and his second top ten of the season, finishing in seventh place in the snowboard cross World Cup in Bad Gastein, Austria. Pullin qualified well down in 25th place, but fought his way through to the semi-finals with two victories in the head-to-head final rounds.
Damon Hayler and Alex Pullin kicked off their qualifying rounds for the 2008 season today in Bad Gastein, Austria, Pullin securing a place in tomorrow's head-to-head finals rounds.
Despite nursing knee injuries, Jenny Owens has qualified for the opening skier cross World Cup event in Les Contamines, France, overnight. Australian compatriot Katya Crema finished mid-field, missing a berth in the final by just two places, skiing to 18th place in her debut World Cup appearance.
Jenny Owens has finished in 13th place in the opening World Cup skier cross event of the season. Owens’ Australian team-mate Katya Crema, skiing in her first World Cup event, finished in 18th place in the qualifying round, just missing a berth in the head-to-head rounds.