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Anthony claims first Moguls World Cup podium

17 December 2018

FREESTYLE SKIING - MOGULS: Jakara Anthony first became a household name when she narrowly missed out on a medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, placing fourth in Women’s Mogul Skiing.

Now the 20-year-old is cementing herself as one of the best in the world, having just won her first World Cup medal with silver in Thaiwoo, China over the weekend.

Anthony easily qualified for the first final in second place with a score of 83.74 in Saturday’s qualification round. She backed up her performance a few hours later to top the first final with a score of 82.71, before securing the silver medal in the 6-athlete Super Final with a score of 82.42.

She finished just behind USA’s Jaelin Kauf in gold on 83.08. France’s Perrine Laffont rounded out the podium on 81.23.

"I’m really happy with how I've been able to perform so far this season and especially today with getting my first World Cup podium in China,” Anthony said after the medal presentation.

“All the hard work and effort I've put in during the off season is paying off.

Jakara Anthony in action during the Thaiwoo Moguls World Cup, December 2018

“For me, today was about getting repetition on the runs that I had put down in training in competition. I was able to put down three high quality runs and qualify in second and first for Final 1 and Final 2 respectively," Anthony continued.

“To then finish up in second place was a great way to wrap up the day! It was also a great day for the rest of the Team with James making his first super final and Britt and Matt joining me up top for the final.”

Nine-time World Cup gold medallist Britt Cox qualified for the first final, finishing 9th overall.

In the men’s, fellow Aussie Olympian James Matheson recorded the best result of his career so far, making his first Super Final and placing 6th overall. PyeongChang bronze medallist Matt Graham finished 13th and Rohan Chapman-Davies placed 21st.

“This past year I felt a lot of my training was coming together - so it was very satisfying for it to come to fruition," Matheson said of making his first Super Final.

“With that said, I definitely feel I can compete at the top level, and this result has made me hungrier to keep getting better.

“I also want to congratulate Jakara on getting her first World Cup podium - it was great to be skiing alongside her in the Super Final."

While Graham didn't have an ideal performance, he was quick to congratulate his teammates on their success.

"Today didn't go too well for me, unfortunately. In the qualification round I missed the grab on my cork 720 which cost me, so I qualified in16th place for the finals," he said.

"From there it was going to take something amazing to ski up into the Super Final as the first skier to go down is often judged quite hard to set the standard. I ended up in 13th place which is a bit disaappointing as I know I have so much more in me.

"On a more positive note, Jakara skied out of her skin to finish second and got her first podium. She has worked really hard this off-season and everything is really starting to click for her so I am very happy for her," Matheson continues.

"Also, Jimmy [James Matheson] skied awesome to make his first Super Final and finish 6th. I think he has a lot of potential and today he got rewarded for his clean turns and well executed jumps."

The Australian team all backed up their performances the next day for the head-to-head Dual Moguls World Cup.

Anthony had another strong day on the slopes, placing 5th in the women’s duals, and Cox placed 14th. Graham was the top placed male on Sunday, finishing 5th. Matheson placed 22nd and Chapman-Davies was 29th.

The team will have a break over Christmas before the World Cup season continues in Calgary, Canada on January 11.

Georgia Thompson

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