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Coady hungry for more after World Championships debut

17 March 2017

SNOWBOARD: Tess Coady missed advancing to the finals of the women’s Big Air at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, but the 16-year-old isn’t disappointed and she's promising even better results next season.

Coady finished ninth in her qualifier which is a commendable result given it was her first time competing in an international Big Air competition.

One of 19 competitors in her heat, Coady needed to finish in the top two to secure automatic passage to the final. A third, fourth or fifth place result would have earned a semi-finals start.

She performed two back 7’s in the best of two run event, scoring 61.33 points for her first and 65 points for her second.

The teenager was pleased to land both of her runs in Thursday’s qualifying.

“I wanted to get something clean, try go big and put something down,” Coady said.

“It was pretty good, the jump was riding pretty well. I’m pretty stoked I landed,” she said.

Coady is satisfied with her World Championships debut and the experience has increased her appetite for future success.

“First year on the World Cup tour and I’m pretty stoked with how it all went but next year I’m going to be hungry for some higher results,” she said.

There was further disappointment for Australia’s Matt Cox, who was ruled out of men’s qualifying after experiencing a fall in training.

It was a case of history repeating itself for Cox who suffered the same fate ahead of last week’s Slopestyle event.

The 19-year-old was looking good in his practice runs on Wednesday, but he couldn’t stick his landing during training prior to the event and he was ruled out as a precaution.

Michelle Cook

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