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
Dale Begg-Smith has skiied one of the best runs of his life to claim his fourth victory of the season and all but wrap up the World Cup mogul skiing title.
Six athletes are currently representing Australia at the World Cross Country Championships, being held between February 22 to March 5 in Sapporo, Japan. Women: Esther Bottomley Clare-Louise Brumley Katherine Calder Men: Paul Murray Ben Sim Andrew Wynd
Michelle Steele has ended the skeleton World Cup season in 10th place, after finishing 11th in the final event in Koenigssee. Steele placed 14th and 11th in her two runs down the German track, for a total time of one minute 40.92 seconds, 2.49 seconds behind race winner Anja Huber of Germany.
Katya Crema has had her first taste of Nor-Am competition this season, contesting nine events in Canada and the USA in slalom, GS, super G and super combined. The NSWIS/SSA Alpine National Program team member raced to a best result of 24th in super G earlier this month in Big Mountain, Montana.
Australia has three winter sports athletes ranked number one in the world for the first time.A maiden victory to Holly Crawford has propelled her to the number one snowboard halfpipe World Cup ranking, and a third win for the season to Dale Begg-Smith has confirmed his status as number one in the world in
Holly Crawford has won her first World Cup event and marched to the top of the World Cup standings with a strong performance in Furano, Japan. Crawford qualified in first place with a best score of 42.4 points, 1.1 points ahead of Paulina Ligocka of Poland, the 2007 World Championships bronze medallist.
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