Cox makes it back-to-back World Cup wins
14 January 2017
The 22-year-old upped the ante in execution, finding perfect form at exactly the right time winning the qualifying round with a massive 77.00 points, repeated the same form in the first final making it into the top six and then nailed the steep course yet again to stand atop the podium on Whiteface Mountain.
Despite her young age, the Lake Placid win marks her 35th World Cup appearance. Now firmly ranked as the World number one, Britt again scored the yellow bib – a feat no other Australian woman has achieved in Moguls and only Dale Begg-Smith has in the Men.
“I’m so excited to have back-to-back wins. After my win Ruka, this was the goal I set myself and I’m really happy to have executed today,” Britt said from Lake Placid.
“The course and conditions changed significantly throughout the rounds today, so I needed to be adaptive and just take it run by run.”
Preparation and detail are the keys to success according to head coach Steve ‘Des’ Desovich.
“Britt's early season success has been a very pleasant surprise and we are quite happy that all of her work has come to fruition,” Desovich said.
“As per usual Britt jumped quite well today so that was great. A lot of people have made contributions and we would like to acknowledge Marissa Downes from the OWIA/VIS Strength and Conditioning department who has worked very closely with Britt to improve her physical prep.”
“It’s a very exciting and dynamic period of growth that we hope to continue with.”
The OWIA mogul ski coaches plan to keep working on skills.
“From here the goal is just to keep working on skills and incorporating those skills into consistent performance.”
“Dr Tom Hammond, our OWIA performance coach, has helped Britt a great deal so we would like to thank him as well.”
Brodie Summers chalked up his first appearance in a World Cup first Final since 2014, scoring a PB of 73.10 after qualifying 7th ahead of his team mate and World number two, Matt Graham who qualified in 10th position but did not finish in the first Final.
“We are thrilled with this step up in Brodie’s performance but want to remain diligent moving forward,” said Coach Desovich.
“The coaching staff have been very impressed with Brodie’s work at our recent Winter Park camp in which he appeared to click on many levels. Brodie jumped extremely well today and we look forward to his continued growth in each sector of his skills and then into the whole runs completion percentage.”
Matt Graham did not have his best day on a changing course but is in great shape going forward.
“Matt had a challenging day on a difficult course but regardless of this particular performance the objectives remain the same in terms of skills and competition,” Desovich said.
“The coaching staff have full confidence in Matt and appreciate his overall great work. We will treat each event as a separate entity moving forward and look forward to the next stop in Val St Come.”
Final result for the Lake Placid Ladies Mogul Skiing World Cup: 1st Britteny Cox AUS (75.27) 2nd Perrine Laffont FRA (74.20) 3rd Morgan Schild USA (72.51).
Nicole Parks made her return to competition with a 24th place in the qualification round, scoring 61.73 points. NSWIS development athletes Claudia Gueli placed 27th, Krsytle Yin 28th, Madi Himbury 31st and Pip Sparrow 32nd.
Other men’s results for Australia include NSWIS skiers James Matheson 35th (61.69) and Rohan Chapman-Davies 36th (61.61).
The Australian Mogul Skiing team are looking forward to cheering on the Flying Kangaroos Aerial Ski team before heading to Val St. Come, Canada for the third World Cup on January 28.