Cox and James crowned World Champions

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Cox and James crowned World Champions

Britt Cox has won gold at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships to become Australia’s first ever Single Mogul Skiing World Champion.

The win caps an incredible season for Cox, who recently won the women’s Mogul Skiing World Cup crown, a second feat no Australian has previously achieved.

“All season this was the event in the back of my mind, this was the event that I really wanted to be successful at,” Cox said.

“To be successful here and ski the way I did, I couldn’t be happier,” she said.

Scotty James has won his second consecutive halfpipe world title with an emphatic victory at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

Scoring 95.75 for his first run, James’ title defence was never in doubt.

He eclipsed his score in his second run, scoring a massive 97.50 points to further extend his lead over the ten-strong field.

As number one qualifier, James had the advantage of being the last competitor to drop in and when his nearest rival, Olympic gold medallist Iouri Podladtchikov scored 93.25, there was no doubt of the result and James was able to enjoy a victory lap on his third and final run.

“I was ready to bounce back if one of the guys knocked me off the top,” James said.

“I switched it up after my first run and started instead with a front side nine and did the backside 1260 and that was the biggest thing that I was focusing on – especially with a field like that. I knew I had to do that to finish first or on the podium,” he said.

James said his win was a dream come true. “Over the moon to call another gold medal mine after two years.


 

Aerials Success

Australia featured on the men’s and women’s Aerial Skiing podiums at the World Championships, with Danielle Scott claiming silver and David Morris bronze in a best ever Australian Aerial Skiing Team performance at a World Championships

It is the first time Morris has made the podium this season with the 32-year-old overcoming injury to claim his first World Championship medal.

“I’m excited for the next year, I know the competition is going to be good as shown today.”

Scott’s silver medal is an improvement on the bronze that she won at the 2013 World Championships.

The Sochi Olympian saved her best for last, performing a career best back full-double full in the final round to score 94.47.

US Skier Ashley Caldwell outperformed the all-star field, successfully landing a back full-double full-full, which scored 109.29 points, the first time a woman has landed the jump (which was pioneered by 2010 Olympic Champion Lydia Lassila) in competition.

The reigning women’s World Champion Laura Peel progressed to the round of nine but she came unstuck when attempting to land a back full-double full and her 62.39 points placed her to eighth position overall.

Chumpy takes Bronze

Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin won Australia’s fifth medal at the World Championships, claiming bronze in the final of the men’s Snowboard Cross.

The two-time world champion (2011 & 2013) used tactics to advance to the big final, admitting the track did not play to his strengths. “I knew the track here was going to be a little challenging racing wise, it was a pretty narrow race line and six-man heats was always going to prove to have some action,” Pullin said.

“But I don’t have any regrets and that’s the one thing in this sport I’m happy to walk away with.”

Adam Lambert 6th in Maiden World Champs

19 year old super rookie of the season Adam Lambert,  was in only his fourth top level event yet finished sixth overall in the Snowboard Cross after he also advanced to the big final. Lambert was superb in each of his first three rounds, racing with confidence to finish first each time.

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