Although the 2010 Olympian is still only 17, Cox produced a series of brilliant runs in front of a large crowd to finish the night event with the bronze medal, behind Americans Hannah Kearney, who completed her 13th straight World Cup victory, and Heather McPhie.
The Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder becomes only the second Australian woman to medal in World Cup or World Championship moguls competition. Maria Despas took silver at the 2001 World Championships.
Cox, who is having her best season in her short career, is now ranked 14th in the world after the Deer Valley result. She was not expecting a podium finish this season although many involved with international moguls skiing have predicted a bright future for the Perisher-based athlete.
“I’m so excited, a thrilled Cox said.
“I had no idea I would be able to achieve a World Cup podium this year.
“I had a super-awesome day today. I felt I was in the right frame of mind in the start gate, ready to go, and I executed the things I have been working on in training for the last few days.
“I also skied fast which is something I have been working on the last few weeks.”
Most of Cox’s significant improvement this season has come directly from her relentless work ethic and the huge commitment she has made to training under the watchful eye of AIS mogul skiing program head coach Steve Desovich, AIS Mogul jump coach Steve Desovich and NSWIS winter sports scientist John Marsden.
“I have been involved in a lot of sports since a really young age and I have learned that hard work pays off,” Cox said.
“I know that if I try my hardest then I can do the best I can possibly do. Each time I train I try my hardest and always try to do better than the run before. I think hard work is the key and that is what is helping me.”
“I have been concentrating on getting PBs and focusing on my skiing, and to find out that I am the first Australian woman to win a World Cup moguls medal is such a bonus and so exciting.
“This is a big boost for my confidence and now I know what I am capable of and I just want to set the bar higher to strive for more PBs and do better in the future.
“I want to keep working on my speed and aggression and skiing more on intuition and feel, being in the moment when I ski so I can react to different scenarios and situations.
“My goal is to be the best mogule skier that I can become and if that means a medal at the Olympics, that would be great, but I am always going to focus on achieving the best results that I am capable of achieving.”
Cox’s bronze medal, along with encouraging personal best results by fellow teenager Nicole Parks, who finished 13th and qualified for her second straight final, and seventeen-year-old Taylah- O’Neill, who finished 24th in her first world cup event, gave Australia a day described by Olympic Winter Institute CEO Geoff Lipshut as one of the best day in Australian women’s moguls skiing history.
“Today shows that Australian women’s moguls skiing has a very bright future,” Lipshut said
In the men's event AIS Mogul Skier Matt Graham unfortunately made a mistake before the jump on the middle section finishing in 44th place.