The all-important World Cup events heat up again this weekend as the Aussies fly the flag in a host of winter sports. Snowboard slopestyle athlete Jessica Rich kicks off proceedings in Kreischberg, Austria on Friday evening at 6.45pm AEDT while Ski slopestyle star Russ Henshaw competes in Font Romeu, France from 7pm AEDT.
Despite having only made two appearances on the World Cup circuit, Jess Rich is ready to prove why she’s Australia’s best slopestyle snowboarder in Kreischberg this weekend.
If the past couple of months are anything to go by, that time will fly by for our Australian athletes vying for their position to compete at the biggest winter sports event in the world.
A team of thirty athletes have been selected to become Australia’s first event competitors at an Asian Winter Games when they hit the ice and snow in Sapporo in February.
It was one of the most successful weekend's on record for Australian winter athletes with six World Cup medals, 2 fourth place finishes, and a number of other impressive performances on the snow and ice.
Current World Champion Snowboarder, Scotty James, has made a strong start to his 2016-2017 northern hemisphere season, qualifying second in his heat to advance through to the halfpipe final at the US Snowboard Grand Prix/World Cup event in Copper Mountain.
The winter wonderland dream results continue for Australia with Belle Brockhoff and Alex (Chumpy) Pullin winning gold and bronze respectively in the opening World Cup of the Snowboard Cross season in Montafon, Austria overnight.
A brilliant effort from 17-year-old Emily Arthur during last weekend's half-pipe final of the 2016 U.S Revolution Tour landed her in fourth place as she continued her outstanding push up the world rankings.