Event at­tracts tal­ent

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TWO of the coun­try’s big­gest on-snow events were held at Mt Hotham at the end of July and early Au­gust with In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion (FIS) ski and snow­board events tak­ing place at the re­sort.

Both the ski and snow­board races at­tracted a num­ber of high pro­file and up and com­ing tal­ent from the coun­try and around the world.

The FIS Rac­ing Fes­ti­val was the first event to hit the Hotham slopes and in­cluded Gi­ant Slalom (GS), Slalom (SL), and Ski Cross (SX) races over four days from July 30 to Au­gust 2.

In the men’s GS, Ross Per­audo claimed top hon­ours ahead of Aus­trian Richard Leit­geb and Oliver Thompson.

The women’s race was won by Kathryn Parker, while So­phie Wood was sec­ond and Matilda Coates third.

In the men’s SL the top two po­si­tions went to in­ter­na­tional ath­letes with Leit­geb first and USA’s Robby Kel­ley sec­ond while Per­audo rounded out the podium.

Wood im­proved on her GS sec­ond to claim gold in the women’s GL, Parker was sec­ond and Ken­dra Ether­ton grabbed third.

The men’s SX was won by An­ton Grimus who fin­ish­ing ahead of Wil­liam Payne and Dou­glas Craw­ford.

In the women’s SX Hotham’s own Katya Crema took her fifth na­tional ti­tle, Parker capped off a great week with another sec­ond while Lilly Speiser fin­ished in third.

On the Au­gust 5-6 it was the board­ers’ turn to carve up the moun­tain with Hotham host­ing the first two FIS Snow­board Cross Con­ti­nen­tal Cup events of 2015.

Over 70 com­peti­tors en­tered across the two days which were dom­i­nated by Aus­tralian Win­ter Olympians Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin and Belle Brock­hoff for the sec­ond straight year.

On the first day of com­pe­ti­tion race of­fi­cials were forced to push the races back due to high winds and low vis­i­bil­ity.

But when the rac­ing got un­der­way it was Pullin who cruised to vic­tory in in the men’s fi­nal, win­ning by four sec­onds ahead of Matthew Thomas, USA’s Senna Leith and Aussie Adam Dick­son.

In the women’s fi­nal the Aussie com­peti­tors dom­i­nated with Brock­hoff first across the line fol­lowed by Ge­or­gia Baff, Mol­lie Fer­nan­dez and Chloe McIvor.

On day two Pullin fought off a chal­lenge from Cameron Bolton while Adam Bolton was third and Dick­son again fourth.

Brock­hoff again held off Baff in the sec­ond fi­nal, while Emily Boyce fin­ished third ahead of Brooke Brewer of the USA.

CARV­ING IT UP: Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin (front) took out both races of the re­cent FIS Snow­board Cross Con­ti­nen­tal Cup at Mt Hotham.

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