Aussie Winter Olympian takes out Australia-New Zealand Cup
All the action was at Perisher in NSW this week at the Canon Australian Freestyle Mogul Championships contested on Toppa’s Dream, the FIS Mogul Course at Blue Cow.
This is one of two moguls programs in the Suzuki National Snowsport Championships and attracted more than 50 competitors from Australia, from Canada. USA, Japan and Korea.
Rainy conditions on day one didn’t dampen the enthusiasm nor level of competition with Australia’s Winter Olympic Team member Matt Graham taking out his 4th consecutive win at Perisher this year. He finished the two day program crowned with the Australia-New Zealand Cup.
On day one, Australian athletes took out the top 3 spots with Matt Graham in 1st, Rohan Chapman-Davies behind him and Sam Hall in 3rd. All these athletes have Perisher as their home mountain and training base.
In the women’s division, Japanese skier Satsuki Ito took out the top spot with Australia’s Nicole Parks from Perisher in 2nd and Jung-Hwa Seo from Korea in 3rd.
On day two of competition, the Australia-New Zealand Cup event, it was a similar result for the men with Matt Graham in 1st, Sam Hall moving up to 2nd and Rohan Chapman-Davies in 3rd. Winter Olympian Sam Hall finished on a big note in the final event of his moguls career after announcing his retirement from the sport.
In the women’s event, the Japanese ladies took out the Cup with Junko Hoshino in 1st and Ako Iwamoto in 2nd. Aussie Winter Olympian Britt Cox from Falls Creek pulled off a strong performance to take the bronze whilst teammate Nicole Parks followed in 4th.
Here is some D Spin 1080 action by Matt Graham: