Paul Murray made an impressive return to international competition at the 2007 Nordic World Ski Championships last week, finishing in 38th place in the sprint. With his back injury now behind him, however, he was disappointed not to qualify for the top 30 and a place in the finals. Team-mate Ben Sim also had a pretty good race, losing a little time on the flatter sections of the course but still finishing 51st (out of 83 starters).
Four Australian skaters represented their country at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships last week in Oberstdorf, Germany. Tina Wang in Junior Ladies, Nicholas Fernandez in Junior Men and Danielle O'Brien and Gregory Merriman in Junior Ice Dancing.
Dale Begg-Smith has reinforced his dominant status in mogul skiing by winning back to back events at the final of the World Cup season. Having secured the World Cup title in the opening event in Voss, Norway, on Friday, he backed up a day later to stretch his lead over his nearest rivals and underline his favouritism for next weekend's World Freestyle Championships.
Two podium placings in two days in Calgary have kept Holly Crawford on top of the World Cup snowboard halfpipe standings. Crawford followed her bronze medal in the opening Canadian event on Saturday with a silver today, her fourth podium in six events.
Australia can boast two World Cup skiing champions for the first time in its winter sports history, Dale Begg-Smith wrapping up the moguls title in Voss, Norway, to join Jacqui Cooper at the top of the freestyle skiing world. Begg-Smith won his fifth event for the season to claim back-to-back World Cup titles, and also become the first men's Olympic mogul champion to go on and win the World Cup in the following year.
Holly Crawford maintains her lead in the World Cup snowboard halfpipe rankings at the mid-point of the season after collecting her third podium for the year. Crawford rode to bronze in the first of two events in Calgary, Canada, to add to the gold and silver she had won earlier in the season, and took her point score in the title chase to 3300 points, 400 ahead of nearest rival Pauline Ligocka of Poland.
Jacqui Cooper has completed a fairytale return to the top of the aerial skiing world, winning the final event of the season in Apex, Canada, to claim the fourth World Cup title of her career. Cooper overcame a landing fall on her first jump to win her third event for the season, and also become the greatest winner in the history of women's aerial skiing with 19 victories. She is also the first woman to win four World Cup titles.
Torah Bright has won the Nippon Open snowboard halfpipe event in ALTS Bandai, Japan, and parallel giant slalom rider Jo Shaw has posted her first top ten World Cup result, finishing in eighth place in Sungwoo, South Korea. While Torino Olympic team-mates Jacqui Cooper and Dale Begg-Smith were collecting World Cup gold in Canada, Bright was winning the Nippon Open pro event for the second time.
Katya Crema, Michael Rishworth and Christian Geiger have been selected to represent Australia at the 2007 Alpine World Junior Championships, to be held in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, Austria from March 3-11. Mt Buller's Crema (18), the National GS champion and NSWIS/SSA National Development Team member, will go to the championships on the back of several months training and racing in North America, which should stand her in good stead.
Two more Australian winter sports athletes have won World Cup medals during the weekend, while Holly Crawford has retained her position as the number one World Cup snowboard halfpipe rider. Crawford's halfpipe team-mate Andrew Burton collected bronze, the first World Cup medal of his career, and former mogul skier Davina Williams won silver in her very first World Cup outing in the relatively new sport of ski halfpipe
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Alana Boyd (athletics – pole vault) made Australian Olympic history in Beijing, becoming the first Australian to join both parents as Olympians. This feat was emulated by Jess Fox (canoe/kayak - slalom) at the London 2012 Games.
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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.