Australian bobsleigh and skeleton athletes have continued their strong performances in North America, with two gold medals and another bronze the return from the weekend’s America’s Cup competition in Calgary, as ABSA Secretary General Murray Turner outlines in this edited report:
Mark van der Ploeg has skied to his best World Cup result, finishing in 80th place in the sprint in Davos, Switzerland. Van der Ploeg completed the qualification round in a time of four minutes 5.17 seconds, 11.73 seconds behind the fastest skier, Alexey Petukhov of Russia.
Sophie Muir and Josh Lose look set to secure speed skating places for Australia at Vancouver 2010 after the second day of the final Games qualifying event in Utah.
Sophie Muir and Josh Lose look set to secure speed skating places for Australia at Vancouver 2010 after the second day of the final Games qualifying event in Utah. Muir skated to a new national record in the 500m at the World Cup in Salt Lake City, posting 38.60 seconds to finish in eighth place in Division B.
Dale Begg-Smith has successfully completed the first step in his comeback from injury, finishing in fourth place in the qualifying round of the season’s first mogul skiing World Cup in Soumi, Finland. The Torino 2006 gold medallist earned 24.07 points from the judges to be the fourth highest qualifier, while AIS/OWI team-mate Ramone Cooper also skied comfortably into the final 16, finishing in tenth place on 22.74 points.
Emma Lincoln-Smith has copped the worst of the weather conditions in her opening run in the Winterberg skeleton World Cup, missing a place in the second run for the first time in two years. The 24-year-old AIS scholarship holder started her run as heavy snow fell on the track, ending any hope she had of her fourth consecutive top ten result for the season.
Dale Begg-Smith has successfully completed the first step in his comeback from injury, finishing in fourth place in the opening mogul skiing World Cup event of the season in Soumu, Finland. Competing for the first time since January 2010, the Torino Olympics gold medallist earned 24.13 points from the judges to finish just 0.28 points off the gold medal and 0.06 out of bronze.
It’s crunch time for Australia’s winter athletes striving to qualify for Vancouver. Olympic champion Dale Begg-Smith returns to competition this weekend and the rest of the freestyle athletes are set to begin their World Cup season.
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