Australian athletes are putting Australian Winter Sports on the map with strong performances and results in the Northern Hemisphere Winter competitions.
Slopestyle skier Anna Segal won Australia’s first medal at this year’s Winter X Games in Aspen, USA, grabbing third place in the women’s Slopestyle. Russ Henshaw finished in fifth place in the men’s Slopestyle event, showing amazing progression since his injury at the end of last season.
Jenny Owens finished on the podium for Ski-X at the X-Games, winning herself third place in one of the best performances of her career. Over at the World Cup at Blue Mountain, Canada, Sami Kennedy-Sim enjoyed a World Cup career best performance, finishing fifth in the Ski-X.
Brittany Cox won Australia’s first ever women’s Word Cup moguls medal when she placed third in the single moguls event in Deer Valley, USA. Hot on her heels, Aussies Nicole Parks came in at 13th and Taylah O’Neill finished 24th. It looks as though Women’s moguls skiing in Australia has a very bright future!
Australian aerial skiers, Laura Peel and Samantha Wells are both nudging the podium with fourth and fifth finished in World Cup events in Deer Valley and Calgary.
There was impressive Aussie success at the Nor-Am events held at Big White, Canada. SBX athlete Andy Fisher scored second place on day two, the first podium position of his career. Hotham’s own Belle Brockhoff also achieved outstanding results, finishing third on day two.
The inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria recently wrapped up with great results. The Aussie team brought home two bronze medals – a fantastic achievement! Hotham’s Harry Laidlaw and Greta Small proudly represented their home mountain as well as their country, as we all followed their incredible performances.
Image: Harry Laidlaw
07 February 2012