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Cam Bolton's bronze caps off stellar winter season for Australia

20 March 2019

Snowboarder Cam Bolton wrapped a solid winter sporting season for Australia, securing a bronze medal at the final World Cup in Switzerland this weekend.

His second time on the podium this season, Bolton said of his performance, “It’s been a rollercoaster day, I finished on the podium and I absolutely have to take it in.”  

All this success is especially rewarding for Bolton, after making a comeback from a severe injury that occurred in 2016.

At the Feldberg World Cup last month, the same course Bolton broke his back on, he claimed both his very first world cup gold, along with redemption.

But it wasn't just Bolton finding the podium for Australia during the 2018/19 winter season.

This year marked a perfect season for Scotty James, where he won gold at six out of the six events he participated in, ultimately leading him to his 3rd consecutive World Champion title. At the age of 24, he is the only male in history to achieve this performance in halfpipe. 

Laura Peel also made a comeback this season, landing her first gold medal in 7 years at the Shimao Lotus Mountain World Cup. She also earned a silver medal in ladies’ aerials at the Moscow Aerial’s World Cup, and then teamed up with Abby Wilcox at the same event to finish with a bronze in synchro. This has been a memorable season for Peel, as she shows steady improvements since the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.  

Jakara Anthony and Matt Graham both took home silver medals this season from the Moguls World Championship. Anthony secured 4 consecutive spots on the World Cup podium, ranking her second place overall in the World Cup final standings.  

Jill Colbourn made history in biathlon, becoming the first Australian woman to qualify for a biathlon world cup in 20 years. The twenty four-year-old needed to accrue under 150 points to secure a spot in the Ostersund World Championship and finished well under that, scoring 137.56 points. She then went on to compete at Ostersund, coming 90th in the 7.5 km sprint and 87th in the 15 km individual.

It was also a record-breaking season for skiathlon's Jessica Yeaton, as she ranked 22nd place in the at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships – the highest rank ever for an Australian at this event.

Jaime Beairsto

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