The Championships kickstart the FIS mogul events of the 2017/18 northern season which attracts athletes from USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, France and Switzerland.
Japan’s Ikuma Horishima crowned Men’s champion at National Moguls Championships
Australia’s Matt Graham, James Matheson and Rohan Chapman-Davies all placed within the top five places, demonstrating a strong depth of mogul talent in the country.
Known as one of the longest and most difficult mogul championship courses in the world, skiers tackled ‘Toppa’s Dream’ jumping up to three storeys high and travelling at 10 metres-per-second over the bumps.
2018 Men’s Australian National Mogul Championships podium
- Ikuma Horishima (JPN)
- Matt Graham (AUS)
- James Matheson (AUS)
Aussie young gun Jakara Anthony tops Women’s Championships
PyeongChang Winter Olympians Jakara Anthony and Madii Himbury were on show to on snow spectators and off snow live stream viewers, with Anthony taking the competition after a score of 81.01, judged less than one point higher than second place.
In promising signs for Australia’s mogul skiing future, four home grown athletes lined up in the final with Jakara Anthony (1), Taylah O’Neill (6), Madii Himbury (7) and Phoebe Tudhope (16) flying the Aussie flag.
2018 Women’s Australian National Mogul Championships podium
- Jakara Anthony (AUS)
- Perrine Laffont (FRA)
- Junko Hoshino (JPN)
New finals format undergoes first run
As part of the Championships, a new finals format was trialled on behalf of the FIS Moguls/ Aerials Committee.
The format has been proposed as a mechanism to introducing more variety and progression in mogul skiing.
Within the new format, the “best of” format is a top 16 finals with the best of two runs counting towards the final result.
It is expected the new format will promote a more exciting and varied competition for spectators/broadcaster because athletes will feel greater freedom to perform a run with a higher degree of difficulty.