Snowboard world cup wrap
THIS northern winter has been one of the most successful World Cup seasons ever for Australian snowboarders. The depth of our boardercross program is amazing and leading into the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, our team has a number of athletes looking to secure podium positions. Boardercross Belle Brockhoff was dominating the women’s tour this season starting with victory in the Montafon season opener, another first place in Bulgaria and a string of top ten results. She held the yellow bib as overall leader before a knee injury cut her season short.
Alex Pullin didn’t have the best start to the season by his standards, with a series of 4th places before rallying two late victories to be currently sitting in fourth position on the World Cup standings. He carried this form into the World Championships, where the two time champion finished with a bronze medal.
Jarryd Hughes had a solid season despite missing an event and is ranked 7th overall. His best result was a silver medal behind teammate Alex Pullin for a history making top two Australian podium in Germany. Hughes will know he needs to improve before the Winter Olympics.
Cam Bolton is currently sitting 20th on the overall standings, his best finish 11th in La Molina, Spain.
Adam Lambert competed in his first world cup events in Germany and Spain where he made the small finals both times, sky rocketing his ranking to 22nd. To show this was no fluke, Lambert qualified for the six man World Championship final and placed 6th, a great result and will be one to watch. Halfpipe Scotty James has made the finals of every event he has entered this season and has had a stellar season. He has had a taste of Winter Olympic fever before in Sochi, so expect him to be a real contender in 2018. See story on page 5.
Kent Kallister finished the season ranked 13th with a strong 8th place at the Winter Olympic test, and an 11th at the World Championships.
Nate Johnston has been busy balancing family life with competition commitments this season and is currently ranked 25th, his best finish 11th at Mammoth.
Our women’s halfpipe team is looking strong with Winter Olympic veteran Holly Crawford 22nd overall on the tour and young gun Emily Arthur completing a great debut World Cup season ranked 19th overall.
Torah Bright has taken the season off competing, stating she will focus all of her attention on halfpipe for Korea. After winning Gold at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Silver at Sochi 2014, look for her to shoot up the rankings next season.
Big Air will be making its debut at PyeongChang and the way it is looking team selection will come from the pool of slopestyle athletes selected to compete. Presently we have Jess Rich chasing both the slopestyle and big air world tours to try and qualify. Young Tess Coady has shot up the rankings finishing 6th overall on the women’s slopestyle and could be a surprise packet next year.
Matthew Cox is trying to qualify for the men for both slopestyle and big air. He won the Jossi Wells Invitational big air in New Zealand last season and has been scoring World Cup points.
Keep an eye on all these athletes in the next year as we look to send what will most certainly be our biggest and most competitive Winter Olympic team to date.
◆ STRONG: Belle Brockhoff wins in Bulgaria. ◆ DUO: Jarryd Hughes (left) and Alex Pullin filled the top two placings in Feldberg, Germany.