Young gun Anton Grimus showed exactly how well he has learned from his mentor, Scott Kneller, when the 'student' showed the 'teacher' a clean pair of skis in the final of the Suzuki Australia-New Zealand ski cross championships at Mount Hotham today.
For the 20-year-old Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport skier, the win gave him back-to-back victories in the championships, finishing today’s final ahead of two Japanese skiers, Kenji Kono and Hiroomi Takizawa, with World Cup winner Kneller in fourth place.
“Scott has a good reputation from competing at the Olympics and also from winning a World Cup event so to beat him is a great result,” Grimus said.
“Scott is very tough to beat and there is no doubt about it, I have learned a lot from him during the last 12 months."
Katya Crema, another AIS/NSW squad member, finished in second place in the women’s final behind Swiss ace and world number four, Fanny Smith.
Crema scored an emphatic win over Smith in yesterday’s final but today the Australian was unable to repeat the victory, finishing ahead of Japan’s World Cup skier Chiyako Hioki.
Day 2 Suzuki Australia-New Zealand Cup women’s ski cross final, Hotham results:
1. Fanny Smith (SUI), 2. Katya Crema (AUS), 3. Chiyako Hioki (JPN), 4. Ysabel Cronin-Guss (AUS), 5. Claudia Legget (AUS), 6. Alia Moore (AUS).
Day 2 Suzuki Australia-New Zealand Cup men’s ski cross final, Hotham results:
1. Anton Grimus (AUS), 2. Kenji Kono (JPN), 3. Hiroomi Takizawa (JPN), 4. Scott Kneller (AUS), 5. Keven Amacker (SUI), 6. Billy Sheldon (AUS).
See the events page for the full list of results.
22 August 2011