AIS/OWI Head Snowboard Coach Ben Wordsworth reports on the snowboard cross team’s first week of training at in Powder King, Canada. We have a unique training set up this season, as we got invited to train with the Canadian National Team. This is perfect for our pre-season preparations and ultimately for getting us ready for the Olympics in February. We have the Cypress course builder (Jeff Thaksi) building and shaping the features so we can race full length World Cup-style SBX before our opening World Cup in Telluride on December 18.
Australia’s two biathletes, vying for the one spot at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will contest the first 20km distance event of the season tonight in Ostersund, Sweden - after solid 10km Sprint performances in their first races last weekend.
Astrid Loch-Wilkinson has driven to a silver medal in the opening America’s Cup bobsleigh event of the season in Park City. Teamed with new push partner Cecilia McIntosh, the Torino Olympian piloted her sled down the Salt Lake 2002 track in a total time of one minute 43.57 seconds, 0.27 seconds behind the Brazilian team of Fabiana Santos and Daniela Ribeiro
Australia’s bobsleigh athletes continue to impress in America’s Cup competition, Astrid Loch-Wilkinson collecting her second consecutive podium finish and Chris Spring moving up to fourth place in the second round of racing in Park City. Loch-Wilkinson and team-mate Cecilia McIntosh claimed the two-women bronze medal with a time of one minute 44.92 seconds, 1.92 seconds behind race winners Lisa Szabon and Cindy Marshall of Canada.
A backpacking former inline skater who was chugging beer steins at Oktoberfest just a year ago is set to become Australia's latest Winter Olympian to cross over from summer sports.
December is a critical time for Australia’s winter sports athletes, with qualification for Vancouver 2010 set to be finalized during the course of the month. The opening mogul skiing event of the season will take place in Ruka, Finland, on December 12, with Dale Begg-Smith making his comeback to World Cup competition.
Australia’s speed skating athletes have broken five national records in races in Calgary over the weekend. Daniel Greig established three new marks, skating to 36.43 seconds in the 500m, lowering that a day later to 36.36, and also producing a new time of one minute 10.96 seconds in the 1000m.
Craig Branch has skied to within one place of his career-best result, finishing 28th in the opening World Cup downhill of the season in Lake Louise, Canada.
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Did you know?
There are 5 Australian athletes with 2 medals each from the Winter Games: Steven Bradbury (Short Track Speed Skating), 1 gold, 1 bronze. Alisa Camplin (Freestyle Skiing - Aerials), 1 gold, 1 bronze. Dale Begg-Smith (Freestyle Skiing - Moguls), 1 gold, 1 silver. Torah Bright (Snowboard), 1 gold, 1 silver. Lydia Lassila (Freestyle-Skiing - Aerials), 1 gold, 1 bronze.
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Olympic medals must be at least 60 millimetres in diameter and at least three millimetres thick. The design of the medal is the responsibility of the host city's organising committee, with the approval of the IOC.