Ski and Snowboard Head Alpine Coach Matt Lyons reports on Australia's National Alpine Development Women's program. "After arriving in Alberta, Canada, toward the end of November, following the successful completion of their Year 12 exams, NSWIS scholarship athletes Tomi Crewes and Katya Crema proceeded to get their 'snow-feet' back, after what was a significant break over the past schooling year."
Holly Crawford has won her first international event, taking the European Open halfpipe event in Laax, Switzerland, overnight. Crawford defeated Canadian rider Sarah Conrad and Ellery Hollingsworth from the USA in a performance that OWI Head Halfpipe Coach Ben Wordsworth described as the best of her career.
Jo Shaw has finished in 35th place in the World Cup parallel slalom in Nendaz, Switzerland. Shaw recorded a qualifying run time of 37.64 seconds, 2.69 seconds behind German rider Selina Joerg, missing a place in the second qualifying round.
Michelle Steele has finished in sixth place in the World Skeleton Championships on one of the toughest tracks on the international circuit. Competing in her first world titles, and in just her second year of sliding, Steele finished the four-run St Moritz event in a total time of four minutes 47.09 seconds, 2.96 seconds behind the winner, Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States.
Torah Bright has beaten the best halfpipe riders in the world to win the prestigious Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Bright out-rode Torino gold medallist Hannah Teter, silver medallist Gretchen Bleiler, 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark and reigning world champion Manuela Pesko to claim her first X Games title in a brilliant display of halfpipe skills.
Holly Crawford and Andrew Burton have both missed qualifying for the halfpipe final at the World Snowboard Championships in Arosa, Switzerland.
Australian figure skater Tina Wang has claimed the bronze medal in the Ladies event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. After placing third in the short program, the 15-year-old Brisbane skater delivered her best free program to date, an error-free performance with excellent expression.
Olympic Winter Institute short track team member Ben Southee has skated to gold in the 1000m at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, capping off a meet which saw the local skaters collect two gold, two silver and two bronze medals against tough international opposition.
Michelle Steele has slipped back to number five in the world after finishing in 13th place in a World Cup in Igls, Austria. Steele, who won Australia's first skeleton medal last weekend recorded a combined time of one minute 52.88 seconds, 0.99 of a second behind race winner Anja Huber of Germany.
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At London 2012 Australia won 7 gold medals, 16 silver and 12 bronze, a total of 35 medals.
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