The trio competed in the fourth round World Cup event at Lake Placid, Utah, in the United States today, finishing a little lower in the results than they would have like but pleased that their developing careers are improving at a steady rate.
Cox was the best performer of the three Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holders finishing in 18th place, while Parks was 19th and Graham in 26th place.
The result kept Cox sitting within the world’s top 20 mogul athletes, currently 19th on the World Cup list.
American Hannah Kearney made it a clean sweep this season by taking out her fourth consecutive World Cup event, underlining the Olympic gold medalist absolute superiority this season. Other podium positions were Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe second and Czech Nikola Sudova in third.
The men’s event saw Canadian Mikael Kingsbury equal Kearney’s dominance with his fourth consecutive win for the season. American Patrick Deneen was second and Canadian Philippe Marquis was third.
AIS mogul skiing program head coach Steve Desovich said that to enable the three Australian teenagers to take the next step towards Sochi 2014, they each needed to implement more “aggression” and “excitement” into their skiing.
“Their skiing today was clean but in order to progress further they need to improve on their speed component,” Desovich said.
We will work on this for next week but achieving this is a long term goal.”
The team will now travel to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for the next round of the World Cup tour.