Begg-Smith on par with legend Grospiron
Australian Dale Begg-Smith has joined French legend Edgar Grospiron as the greatest FIS World Cup mogul skiing champion after wrapping up his fourth season title.
The Vancouver 2010 silver medallist and Torino 2006 Olympic champion picked up another 2nd place finish in the final event of the season at Sierra Nevada (SPA) on Thursday to cap off a remarkable comeback from major knee injury.
Begg-Smith won three events this season and also collected another three 2nd place finishes to post a season score of 693 points, 78 points ahead of French skier Guilbaut Colas, who won the season-ending Sierra Nevada event.
Begg-Smith's feats closely parallel those of French great Grospiron. He's won four World Cups in five years, and Grospiron did the same thing in the same way. He won three then had a year off with a knee injury and came back in the fifth year and won again.
The fourth World Cup title sees Begg-Smith eclipse the performances of two other stars of the sport, Canadian Jean-Luc Brassard and Finnish skier Janne Lahtela, both of whom won three World Cup titles.
Begg-Smith also has a world championship title and two other world championship medals in his trophy cabinet.