Damon Hayler has climbed to a world ranking of nine after riding to seventh place in a snowboard cross World Cup event in Stoneham, Canada. Hayler saved his best performance of the season for the Cup finale, qualifying in ninth place then winning his heat of the round of 32 and placing second in his quarter final.
The 36th Trofeo Topolino children’s race has taken place in Panarotta, Italy. The Topolino race is regarded as the world’s leading children’s race, with many legendary Alpine skiers having competed in the event as children. Victorian skier Emily Bamford achieved the best result for Australia at the event, finishing in 15th place in the slalom. Alexandra Pilat from NSW also achieved a top 20 result, finishing in 17th place in the combi event.
Australia has produced its best result at the World Short Track Speed Skating championships since 1999, Alex Merriman finishing in 16th place overall. Merriman, who was the standout member of the Olympic Winter Institute team during the World Cup season, backed up at the world titles for 15th place in the 1500m, 16th in the 1000m and 17th in the 500m.
Michael Rishworth has produced the best result for Australia at the World Junior Alpine championships, finishing in 32nd place in the slalom. Australia's sole female representative at the titles, Katya Crema, finished in 46th place in the women's slalom.
Damon Hayler sits in 12th place on the World Cup snowboard cross standings with one event left in what has been a truncated season. Hayler finished in 12th place in the second of two events in Lake Placid, New York, after a 15th in the opening event of the weekend. His current ranking is the best of his career, after finishing last season in 27th place on the World Cup table.
Dale Begg-Smith has captured the dual mogul skiing title at the World Freestyle Championships, leading a medal feast by Australia's winter sports athletes. Following up on his World Championship silver medal in single moguls a day earlier, Begg-Smith qualified first in the dual format event in Madonna, then demolished his opponents in the head-to head final rounds.
Holly Crawford has won the bronze medal in the second last event of the season, at Lake Placid, New York State, USA. Rounding out the most successful weekend in Australian winter sports history, Torah Bright won the World Superpipe Championships in the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic pipe (see separate story). The result drops her to second place on the World Cup standings behind main rival Manuela Laura Pesko, but still leaves her with a strong chance to take the title.
Jacqui Cooper has won World Championship bronze in aerial skiing, eight years after winning the world title in 1999. Cooper led after the opening round of jumping, scoring 110.76 points with her triple twisting triple somersault to be seven points clear of the field.
Dale Begg-Smith has captured the dual mogul skiing title at the World Freestyle Championships, leading a medal feast by Australia's winter sports athletes.Skiing alongside him in the northern Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio, Jacqui Cooper won World Championship bronze in aerial skiing
Dale Begg-Smith has continued his brilliant 2007 ski season with a silver-medal winning performance at the World Championships in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Begg-Smith went down in the final to Canadian skier Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, but made the podium in a major championship for the third time in three attempts.
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