It follows an epic weekend at Deer Valley (USA) in which Australian athletes prominently featured in the results, achieving podium finishes in both the single and dual events.
Britt Cox retains the yellow leader’s bib after her Deer Valley form secured gold in the dual moguls and bronze in the single event. The 22-year-old has three World Cup wins under her belt this season and is looking to further grow her medal tally this weekend.
Brodie Summers won bronze in the men’s dual event and is hoping for a second notable performance in as many weeks.
“Coaches from other teams on tour have been coming up to me and shaking my hand,” Summers said. “They were really impressed with my skiing.”
The result was Summers’ first World Cup podium and the 23-year old has been feeling the love from his friends and family back in Australia.
“Social media went nuts for a few days. I was constantly replying to messages and comments,” he said.
“Nice to be rewarded and see the hard work I’ve put in during the off-season is starting to shine through. Deer Valley is one of the toughest courses in the world so it’s definitely motivated me even more for the backend of the season.”
Summers says it’s a great feeling to be in South Korea for one year to go celebrations.
“You can sense the excitement around the hotel at the moment.”
“It gets you fired up and makes you want to lay it down this week,” he said.
“The main thing is getting a good feel for the venue and the course and what’s it’s going to be like in 12 months-time. We’re trying to take in as much as possible and get all the baseline prep work done.”
The Sochi Olympian recently changed his training tactics and says the new strategy is paying dividends.
“There’s been a big emphasis from my coaches on completion percentage training,” Summers said.
“It’s basically performance on demand,” he explained. “Every day I would have to sign-off on my completion percentage and we tracked that over an entire training camp.
“It was definitely a strenuous and intense style of training because you have to put your signature next to your performance and you have to stand by what you’ve done. While it was confronting it was also what I needed and I praise my coaches Des (Steve Desovich) and Jerry (Grossi) for making me do that.
“I think it’s been really helpful for me and given me a lot of confidence over the last few events. It makes me feel grounded and I trust myself and know what I need to do on the day.”
The Bokwang Moguls World Cup will commence Saturday with women’s qualification at 3:20pm (local time), followed by men’s qualification at 5:05pm. Finals will be held under lights beginning at 7pm (local time).
Australia has nine athletes competing at the event:
OWI athlete Nicole Parks won't start the event due to the knee injury sustained in Deer Valley.