Cooper Woods-Topalovic and Jakara Anthony are part of a strong Australian contingent stepping out at Thursday’s World Cup event at Deer Valley. Later this month they’ll be among 30 Australian athletes to wear the green and gold at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.
Deer Valley offers an opportunity for the emerging athletes to mix it with the world’s best and Woods-Topalovic says it’s a dream come true.
The 16-year-old is making his World Cup debut this weekend.
“You can expect a clean top to bottom, a very big smile and a very proud family, coaches and friends,” said Woods-Topalovic. “I want to take in the experience and have fun with it all.”
It’s been a historic season for Australian mogul skiing with Britt Cox currently leading the women’s World Cup and Matt Graham second in the overall rankings. Woods-Topolovic says he is buoyed by the results of his team-members.
“It’s a very exciting and a magic thing what Matt and Britt have done.
“That such a small nation like Australia can perform really well in these high level sports is a real confidence boost.”
“I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did,” she said. “I’m stoked to achieve one of my goals which was to make a final at a World Cup.”
Anthony is aiming for another big performance this weekend.
“I’d like to make another final on the singles day here at Deer Valley and hopefully produce an even better result.”
There will be little time for rest for the pair before they head to Japan for the Asian Winter Games. It is the first time that Australia has sent a team to this regional event.
“To be selected to represent my country is such an honour,” said Woods-Topalovic. “I hope I can show Australia what I’ve got and bring it on the day.
“The Asian Winter Games is going to give me an insight of what the big stage is like and hopefully down the track I’ll be ready and I know what to expect so I can get on with the competition.”
Anthony will also be making the most of her Asian Winter Games experience.
“I’m super excited to experience what I think would be similar to an Olympic atmosphere and I think it would be great preparation if I were to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games,” said Anthony.
“It’s what you dream about as a kid. I’m super stoked to be skiing for my country,” she said.
The 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup competition begins Thursday (US time) with the Moguls finals under the lights on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run. Qualifications begin at 3pm with finals at 7pm local time.
The 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo Japan begin on 19 February.