Britt on top of the world
BRITT Cox is still pinching herself after topping the world in women’s mogul skiing.
Last Thursday the Mt Beauty product capped off a stellar season by adding a World Championship to her World Cup season title.
At the season finale in Sierra Nevada, Spain, Cox again asserted her dominance over her competition qualifying first, winning her semi- final and then taking gold.
Cox did have to lay it all down in her final run after France’s Perrine Laffont scored an 82.51, a mark that looked good enough for gold.
But in conditions not dissimilar to spring in the Australian Alps, Cox was too good scoring 83.63 to deny Laffont victory for the fifth time this season.
After capturing mogul skiing’s two major crowns, Cox is now set to head to next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as the gold medal favourite.
A position the 22 year-old says she is prepared for.
“It felt amazing to lift the crystal globe at the end of the season,” Cox said.
“This has been a dream World Cup season for me and to add the World Champs at the end just capped it off.
“I definitely have a target on my back now, but this is the position I have wanted to be in for quite some time.
“There is still so much more that I want to do with my skiing and I want to maximise the opportunities I have with various training camps in the off-season to get there.”
In her first full World Cup season, Cox missed the podium just twice, claiming five gold and two bronze in the single moguls along with two dual moguls wins.
Last week’s victory gave Australia its first world championship since Dale BeggSmith won the dual moguls in 2007.
Cox’s eight gold medals this year also set a new season- record for Australia in mogul skiing, replacing Begg-Smith’s previous mark of six wins in his Olympic gold medal-winning year in 2006.
Cox said her goals heading into the season were to just execute her run plan as best she could each week.
“I think my success this year has been a result of the culmination of many years of training with my team,” she said
“I wouldn’t say anything necessarily changed in my training over the past 12 months, it’s just that the training I have done over a number of years is now paying off.
“We did a lot of on-snow stuff, water ramping, trampolining and strength and conditioning training last year and I just went into the season trusting my preparation and having confidence in my training.”
“It’s amazing to be part of such a strong Aussie winter sports team this year.”