Former Australian alpine national champion Sarah Sauvey has followed the lead of Salt Lake 2002 skier Jenny Owens in switching to ski cross, finishing 12th in the World Championships on March 6.
Holly Crawford has finished runner-up in the snowboard halfpipe 2007 World Cup, after riding to her sixth podium result for the season in Stoneham, Canada. The 23-year-old Sydney rider just missed out in her attempt to add a third World Cup title to Australia's 2007 winter sports tally, but equalled the 2004 performance of Torino Olympic team-mate Torah Bright in finishing second on the end of season points table.
Ramone Cooper has finished in sixth place in moguls in the Freestyle Junior World Championships in Airolo, Switzerland. Cooper scored a very high 26.85 points in the final, but was then swamped by a rash of scores in the high twenties.
Joanne Carter and Sean Carlow will represent Australia at the World Figure Skating Championships this week. In a change from previous years, skaters will not have to negotiate a qualifying round before going into the short program.
In a series of performances that did not quite live up to expectations, Ben Sim has produced the best result at the World Junior/Under 23 Cross Country Championships. Sim finished in 37th place in the U23 15km freestyle, 3 minutes and 39 seconds behind race winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland. The Cooma 21-year-old was 25 seconds outside the top 30, one of the goals going into the race.
Torah Bright wrapped up the Burton Global Open Series at the weekend, leaving Stratton Mountain, Vermont, in style with a US$100,000 cheque for the series win and a Volvo C30 T5. The 20-year-old Torino 2006 team member finished third in the final event of the series, the US Open Snowboarding Championships, behind Salt Lake 2002 gold medallist Kelly Clark of the United States and her compatriot Gretchen Bleiler, the Torino 2006 silver medallist.
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.
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Germany’s Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer Games in the same year. Among other medals, she won skating silver in the 500m (Calgary 1988) and cycling silver in the match sprint (Seoul 1988).