Britteny Cox of Australia celebrates after winning the ladies moguls at Tazawako Ski Resort
Britteny Cox of Australia celebrates after winning the ladies moguls at Tazawako Ski Resort Atsushi Tomura

Cox makes it six gold from eight World Cup events

SKIING: Victorian Britt Cox has continued her excellent World Cup season by winning her sixth mogul gold medal in Tazawako, Japan.

In eight appearances in World Cup events this season, the 22-year-old has only missed the podium once. She's also finished with a bronze.

With just one World Cup meeting remaining this season in China next week ahead of the world championships in Spain on March 8, Cox has an unassailable lead for the overall season's mogul crown and is also a realistic chance to take out the overall freestyle skiing title.

It is a truly remarkable accomplishment for Cox, whose previous best rankings at season-end were 14th in moguls in 2013/14, and 57th on the overall list in 2014/15. 

Cox qualified for the Tazawako final in second place behind Perrine Laffont from France, but then turned the tables, scoring 78.57 in the finale to Laffont's 78.36.

"Wow what a day and what a feeling to be on the top of the podium in Japan," Cox said.

"This is my first time in Japan and I am amazed at how much the Japanese people love mogul skiing. It was so exciting having all the Japanese school kids cheering for us on the side of the course."

"I really wanted to pick up the intensity for the finals today, so I was really happy when I took a good chunk off my time in the finals. I think that's what got me to the top spot today."

Coach Steve 'Des' Desovich praised Cox's performance. 

"We are thrilled with Britt's performance today as she was able to improve on each of her three runs throughout the day," he said.

"Britt skied fast, jumped well and had very good turns to conclude a nice rounded performance between all three sectors.

"The conditions were tricky and it was a challenge due to changing weather and snow conditions but Britt adapted very well and advanced nicely throughout the day with no major errors.

"Britt's improved strength and conditioning is really paying off at this time of the year and it's nice to see her continue so strong"

Cox was joined in the first final by fellow Australians Jakara Anthony, who is headed to the Asian Winter Games next week, and Madi Himbury finishing ninth and 16th respectively.

"It's always fun when I have my Aussie girls in the finals with me, I'm stoked for Madi and Jakara today," Cox said.

Matt Graham continued his strong form, finishing fifth. Graham is also enjoying a successful season, having been in the top six in the eight World Cups so far, collecting one gold and one silver along the way. Brodie Summers was the next placed Australian male making the first final and finishing 10th.

News Corp Australia


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