Medal miss for Britt

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

BRITT COX has missed out on medal in the women’s moguls at the PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics af­ter an er­ror rid­dled fi­nal run at Bok­wang Phoenix Park on Sun­day night.

The Mt Beauty prod­uct reached the six­woman fi­nal with the se­cond-best score but was un­able to re­pro­duce a sim­i­lar per­for­mance in the su­per fi­nal, a mis­take on the first jump re­sult­ing in a fifth place fin­ish.

Cox lost con­trol of her 360-de­gree ro­ta­tion as her right arm flailed in the air to con­trol the spin on the first of two jumps and would ul­ti­mately cost her.

While the rest of her run was strong and her speed (20 per cent of the score; along with jumps) was fast, she didn’t re­cover well enough.

Her im­me­di­ate turns (60 per cent of the score) were messy as she tried to re­gain her rhythm from the early er­ror.

Cox went into the Games as one of Aus­tralia’s best medal hopes but ar­rived in South Korea in mixed form.

Af­ter a record break­ing 2017 in which she claimed the World Cup crown and World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle Cox be­gan the sea­son right where she left off.

The 23 year-old won two of the open­ing four World Cup rounds be­fore miss­ing the podium in the next three.

She skipped the last event be­fore the Olympics to work on her strength and con­di­tion­ing.

It didn’t pay off as France’s Per­rine Laf­font (78.65 points) took gold ahead of Canada’s Jus­tine Du­four- La­pointe (78.56) with Kaza­khstan’s Yu­lia Galy­sheva (77.40) third.

Sur­pris­ingly, Cox (75.08), who was fifth four years ago at Sochi, was edged out by 19 year-old team­mate Jakara An­thony (75.35).

Speak­ing to Chan­nel Seven, a dis­ap­pointed Cox said she gave it her all in her third Olympics.

“I only had one thought com­ing into these Olympics and that was to go for it in the fi­nal,” she said.

“Un­for­tu­nately com­ing off the first jump I went big into the first few turns with a few ski splits and that’s what cost me the points.

“I went big and I went fast, and it didn’t pay off for me in the su­per fi­nal, but I achieved my goal (the way I skied) and for that I’m proud of my per­for­mance.”

Cox’s male coun­ter­part Matt Gra­ham claimed a sil­ver medal on Mon­day night, fin­ish­ing se­cond to Cana­dian stand­out Mikael Kings­bury.

For lo­cals, all eyes will now be on Mt Beauty’s Phil Belling­ham and Pore­punkah’s Greta Small as the pair get their se­cond Win­ter Olympic cam­paigns un­der­way in the com­ing days.

Belling­ham raced in the men’s cross coun­try clas­sic sprint qual­i­fy­ing last night while Small will take to the slopes in the women’s Su­per-G and down­hill ski­ing events on Sun­day and Wed­nes­day.

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