Skier's World Cup win a first for Australia
WINTER SPORTS: Australian moguls skier Britt Cox has registered a breakthrough World Cup win.
Competing at the season-opening meet in Ruka, Finland, it was the first time an Aussie woman had won a World Cup event in the discipline.
Cox had only qualified in 11th but her final-run score of 73.81 edged Perrine Laffont (France) on 73.13 and Keaton McCargo (USA) on 71.78.
"I made a big mistake in my first qualification run so I knew I needed to execute a nice clean and tidy run in the second qualifications to get back in the game,” said the 22-year-old, who has already competed at two Winter Olympics.
On a great day for Australia, Matt Graham was second in the men's section. He had to settle for second behind Canadian great Mikael Kingsbury, who secured a 30th World Cup win.
The World Cup series moves to North America in the new year.
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be held in February 2018.