Britt Cox took her third win in four competitions and extended her World Cup lead over reigning Olympic gold medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe from Canada. After coming into the season with a career-best World Cup standing of 14th-overall, Cox looks poised to battle for the first moguls crystal globe for Australia since Dale Begg-Smith did it in the 2007/08 season.
“Each time I win, I get more excited,” Britt said after her Calgary success.
Expect more excitement from the down-to-earth 22-year-old from Victoria as she approaches Deer Valley.
“I have set myself goals and I’m ready to stay focussed.”
Britt is joined in the Ladies event by OWIA’s Nicole Parks and NSWIS skiers Jakara Anthony, Madi Himbury, Claudia Gueli and Krystle Yin.
Meanwhile, Matt Graham scored the second win of his career last week in Calgary, surpassing Canadian Mikael Kingsbury in a heavyweight superfinal.
Kingsbury leads the men’s moguls World Cup by 74 points over Graham - 320 points to 246.
Graham will be looking to put all the pieces together with clean jumps and landings, form and the quality turns and skiing he has become known for under OWIA coaches Steve ‘Des’ Desovich and Jerry Grossi.
Brodie Summers has been on the comeback trail, making it to the first final in Calgary and wanting to repeat that performance with more. Summers has said that this season is all about having clean performances and to, “compete how I practise.”
Summers attributes his increasing success to his parents and the rising awareness of how good the Australian mogul program is to his coaches.
“My parents, being the people that they are always provided opportunities for dreams but never pushed. The drive and determination comes from us,” Summers said of himself and sister.
“Des and Jerry pick up on minute detail and are the difference between a good run and an amazing run. We are very lucky.”
“Something really special about our sport is the way all the moguls athletes and coaches interact with each other.”
“The way in which we get along is special. There’s good companionship in the lead up to an event because we are all using the same facilities. Often we play cards with the Swedes, Canadians – whoever. Some of my best friends are my competitors.”
“The competition is business and that’s different.”
Graham and Summers are joined in the 53 competitors list by NSWIS skiers James Matheson, Cooper Woods-Topalovic and Rohan Chapman-Davies.
The event gets underway from 9am (AEDT) Friday, February 3. Live scoring can be found at http://fis.live-scoring.net/8479