Britt Cox, Matt Graham, Brodie Summers and Nicole Parks head up the OWIA team along with seven NSWIS athletes who have completed three days of strength and conditioning work after the Val St Come World Cup last weekend.
“It was a great period for the guys to be active off snow with head trainer John Marsden in charge of taper and peak and physical preparation activities,” coach Steve Desovich said.
“Physio Peter Hogg has also taken the time to treat athletes and manage any on-going smaller injuries they might have, as well as contribute to the recovery process.”
Britt Cox is looking to retain her yellow bib as World number one, having won the first two World Cups in Ruka, Finland and then again in Lake Placid. The Canadian women swept the podium last weekend with Britt in 5th place but happy with her performance.
“It was a strong performance but a few mistakes in the middle section cost me a spot on the podium,” she said.
Matt Graham, who is now ranked number three in the world, has collected one silver and a fourth place in his three World Cup appearances and remains a podium chance in any event he enters.
The Australian mogul skiers are known for their attention to detail and high technical standards, which may prove beneficial in Calgary.
“The Calgary mogul course is quite steep in the second half of the run and therefore quite a challenge to master,” coach Desovich advised.
With Justine’s determined effort to take the win in Val St. Come, a strong runner-up showing by 21-year-old Andi Naude, and a third-place for 2015/16 moguls crystal globe winner Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, the Canadians will be looking to keep some momentum going into a Calgary competition where they were able to complete a similar ladies’ podium sweep last season.
Action in Calgary gets underway with ladies’ qualifications at 3.25am on Sunday (AEDT), followed by men’s qualifications at 6.25am and men’s and ladies’ finals scheduled for 7.30am.
You can watch the finals live on Eurosport.