Medal miss for Britt
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.