18-year-old Jakara Anthony was the best positioned of the Aussies, scoring 67.11 in the qualifying round to progress to the quarter finals and finish the women’s event in fifth position.
“My qualification was going really well except I struggled with the bottom air today.” Anthony said.
“It was a bit sharper than the jumps I’ve been on so that bumped me down a bit in the rankings.
“I thought my duals run was better but I’m just a bit slow so I didn’t win it, but that’s ok, I’ll ski something similar on singles day and I think it will do the job,” she said.
Sophie Ash’s qualification score of 64.65 saw her advance to the quarter finals and finish seventh overall.
“I’ve been doing a full back in training so I’m happy to get that in comp especially here in Japan because this is a good event,” Ash said.
“I wasn’t quite happy with my bottom air, I wanted to go a bit bigger but I’m happy I skied well out of the top air and got some good skiing in because it’s really sweet conditions,” she said.
In the men's event, Cooper Woods-Topalovic and Ben Matsumoto finished in 11th and 13th positions respectively.
Matsumoto scored 60.85 in qualifying but his run in the round of 16 didn’t go to plan.
“I went a little bit bigger than usual off the top air but I think I came in a bit short and my skis caught in the snow so I just went over the front and fell into the bumps,” Matsumoto said.
“I put a top to bottom down in qualifications, it wasn’t the cleanest or best run but my goal was to get to the bottom.
“I was more looking forward to singles so hopefully I can ski how I want to in that event,” he said.
Woods-Topalovic’s qualification score of 74.04 had him riding high for the round of 16.
“I put down the run I needed to and my coaches were very happy,” Woods-Topalovic said.
“It felt good coming in and I was stoked.”
Woods-Topalovic said the Aussies were already looking ahead to the singles event.
“Good to get the nerves out of the road in this first comp and be a bit more relaxed in the gate on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can put down a couple cleaner runs and good performance.”
The Aussie Mogul team will be back in action on Sunday for the men’s and women’s singles events.