Australia’s speed skating record blitz has continued over the weekend, with three new national times established by three skaters. Ben Southee posted a new record for the 1500m and equalled the national mark for the 500m in a World Cup in Calgary.
Ramone Cooper has skied to a top ten result in a Europa Cup event in Ruka, Finland. Competing against a 61-man field loaded up with World Cup skiers, Cooper finished in eighth place, with AIS/OWI team-mate Sam Hall in 35th position.
Astrid Loch-Wilkinson has driven to three podium results in three days in the second tier America’s Cup competition in Park City, Utah. The 27-year-old Torino 2006 representative and Cecilia McIntosh collected silver in the opening events on the 2006 Salt Lake Olympic track, then followed that with bronze and another silver.
Craig Branch has crashed out of the downhill in Beaver Creek, Colorado, but escaped injury, and is looking forward to next weekend’s events in Val’d’Isere. “Unfortunately I crashed out halfway down the course (today),” Branch said.
Hannah Campbell-Pegg has consolidated her place in the world’s top 30 and an Australian place in luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics after finishing in 20th place in the Nation Cup in Altenberg, Germany.
Alex Almoukov and Mark Raymond have shared the status of leading Australian in the biathlon World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden. Raymond took the honours in the opening 20km distance event, finishing in 120th place in a time of one hour 5 minutes 56.5 seconds.
Australia remains on course to take two skeleton athletes to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, with results this weekend maintaining the country’s ranking in the top six in the world.
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