The NSWIS skier from the Central Coast of NSW stepped up his run in the super final to jump the highest degree of difficulty of his World Cup career, with a back double full (double twisting back somersault) on the top jump and d-spin 1080 (triple twisting off axis somersault) on the bottom air to score 84.44 points.
Graham made great progress on his jumping skills in October at the new Geoff Henke Olympic Winter Training Centre Water Ramp facility located at Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Centre.
Taking the win was 2018 Olympic gold medallist Mikael Kingsbury of Canada on 88.10 points, with Frenchman Benjamin Cavet in second place with a score of 86.25.
“Very happy to come away with a podium today” said the 2018 Olympic silver medallist.
“It’s been a long wait between competitions and our team have been isolated in the North of Finland at Ruka for the past two months where it’s dark twenty hours of the day. However, we have had great training in Ruka so I felt very prepared for this World Cup and was hungry to get back in the start gate.
“The super final was hotly contested with all the best guys in the mix. “I performed a back-double-full off the top jump. This is something I worked a lot on over the Christmas and New Year break in Finland and it is the first time I have competed this level of DD (degree of difficulty) in a World Cup. I am happy with the way it turned out, but I still have plenty of room for improvement which is nice.
It was another strong event for the male athletes with three skiers in the top-16 finals. Brodie Summers just missed the six man super final finishing in eighth place, with his NSWIS teammate Cooper Woods-Topalovic recording a PB performance in 12th position.
In the women’s event, 2019 World Championship medallist Jakara Anthony had her highest placing of the season so far, finishing in sixth place.
Also in action for Australia was Britt Cox in 20th, James Matheson 24th and Sophie Ash in 32nd.
A second event at Deer Valley, a dual mogul competition will take place the next day.