Snow­board world cup wrap

Alpine News - - Contents - By Adam Begg

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.

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PHO­TOS cour­tesy of FIS

◆ STRONG: Belle Brock­hoff wins in Bul­garia. ◆ DUO: Jar­ryd Hughes (left) and Alex Pullin filled the top two plac­ings in Feld­berg, Ger­many.

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