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.
Australia's Winter Olympics gold medal prospects are likely to become clearer this weekend with 2006 moguls champion Dale Begg-Smith expected to return to World Cup competition for the first time in almost a year.
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.
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