Slalom skiers Emily Bamford and Mike Rishworth continued Australia’s strong performances in the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup here at Hotham today.
By finishing in equal second place, Bamford, 19, achieved her third podium finish from the three ANC races staged so far this week. Only 0.17 of a second in combined times separated the promising teenager and race winner event favourite, Japan’s Moe Hanaoka after their two runs down Snake Gully. Norway’s Rikke Gasmann-Brott also finished in equal second place.
Bamford has achieved two seconds and a third from three races this week, taking the title of Australia’s most consistent women’s athlete. Fellow Australian and yesterday's GS race winner Lavinia Chrystal had university commitments today and did not compete.
In the men’s competition today, Aussie Mike Rishworth, 24, showed his preference for Slalom over Giant Slalom out taking third place. Finishing a very respectable fifth place in the giant slalom events on Monday and Tuesday, today he finished behind Sweden’s Tim Lindgren and American Grant Jampolsky.
With one more day of slalom racing before the first leg of the ANC comes to a close, Rishworth is hoping for an even faster performance tomorrow. Swedish Tim Lindgren is skiing smoothly and fast and looks likely to go three in a row tomorrow. Finishing the day with a winning margin of almost a second, the Swede reinforced his stranglehold on the Suzuki ANC with his convincing victory over Jampolsky. The powerful Scandinavian won by about the same margin yesterday, ahead of American Hig Roberts, but narrowly missed Monday’s top honours, finishing second to Jampolsky.
The Swede is already the high achiever of the Australian winter, and if he notches another victory tomorrow he will leave Australia with four wins from six starts, including last week’s Suzuki National Championships.
Don't miss the action on Snake Gully again tomorrow. It's sure to be a thriller!
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17 August 2011