Craig Branch has finished in 53rd place in the opening World Cup downhill of the season, covering the Lake Louise course in a time of one minute 53.83 seconds.
Australian snowboarder Holly Crawford has made a strong start to the 2006/07 World Cup season, finishing in fifth place in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Crawford topped her qualifying heat, then produced a 28.5 points opening run in the final to record the third top 5 finish of her career.
What a relief to finally have a competition under our belt. To celebrate this accomplishment and recover from our intense sliding program we headed off to the winter wonderland Banff. The Banff Springs Hotel and the soothing soak in the hot springs were an excellent distraction for what we were about to experience in the week ahead. It was sad to see two of our team-mates return home, but for the four athletes left, the skeleton adventure was about to get a little bit more ugly
Torino Olympian Jo Shaw has won gold in parallel slalom in the opening round of the US Snowboarding Race to the Cup series in Copper Mountain. Shaw qualified in third place and met Swedish rider Aprilia Hagglof in the semi-final round, going down narrowly in the opening run, but bouncing back to take the second run by a decisive margin. In the final she was too strong for Kimiko Zakreski, defeating the Canadian in both runs, and posting a 500 point personal best along the way.
Ben Sim has opened his 2006/2007 World Cup season with a personal best performance in the 15km Freestyle in Gallivare, Sweden. The 21 year old from Cooma finished 64th in a field of 97 starters, his first entry into the top two thirds of a World Cup field. Scoring FIS points of 58.34 (7.3 % behind the winner) for the race, Sim is now fully qualified in World Cup for the rest of the season.
The four athletes to be added to the OWI/AIS skeleton program for the 2006/07 season have been selected following training and competition in Calgary, Canada, over the past two weeks. Those to make the cut from the six woman squad are Lucy Chaffer, Renee McCabe, Teniele Richards and Ami Wallace. Three of the group – Chaffer, McCabe and Richards – come from a surf life saving background, while Wallace has come to the sport from track and field.
Mackay teenager Ami Wallace has produced the best performance of the OWI/AIS skeleton team at the second America's Cup race of the season, finishing in 17th place overall, but sliding to 12th place in the first run of the two run competition. Wallace, a week shy of her 19th birthday, and with only 20-odd journeys down a skeleton course under her belt, demonstrated once again that she has the sprint speed to make an impact in world skeleton.
Lucy Chaffer has produced the best result of the OWI/AIS skeleton program athletes in the opening America's Cup race in Calgary, Canada. Chaffer slid to 14th place in her first skeleton event in a two-run time of 2 minutes 4.59 seconds, 4.07 seconds behind the winner, Jessica Palmer of the United States. The Perth 23-year-old has had just 20 runs down a skeleton track, with her first one less than two weeks ago.
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