Back to back podiums for moguls skier Jakara Anthony

Posted on February 24, 2020 by

Jakara Anthony has claimed a bronze medal at the FIS World Cup event in Tazawako, Japan, her second straight podium in the mogul skiing discipline.

The 21 year old NSWIS athlete was consistent all day, placing second in qualifications and also in the first round of finals with a score of 80.82 points. In the top six super final, Anthony finished in the bronze medal position with a score of 79.01,  3.02 points behind the event winner and current world number one, Perrine Laffont of France who scored 82.03 points, with Junko Hoshino of Japan in second with a score of 79.75.

“It was a great day for me, but not weather wise with a bit of everything today, but I was really happy with how my skiing went, especially in training I was making some progress and showed that off in my competition runs”, Anthony commented after the event.

“There are always challenges in every course, I had a mistake in my qualifications run, but it’s about remembering that and making the adjustments that you need to. “

“The goal for me is more about the quality of my skiing, and not so much the end result, I just want to be putting down runs that I know are technically at my best and that’s the major goal for me.”

“Still five more World Cup starts for me this season, so going from here it’s just about taking every opportunity I can to improve on my skiing to make the little changes that I have been working on throughout this season and incorporating them into every run.”

This result is Anthony’s seventh World Cup medal of her career (1 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze), and continues her great form in the past 12 months which also included silver at the 2019 World Championships.

Australia’s PyeongChang silver medallist, Matt Graham, finished in fifth place, his fifth top six super final performance of the season. NSWIS teammate Brodie Summers finished in 11th place, with Sophie Ash in 15th and Claudia Gueli 26th.

The dual mogul event in Japan had to be cancelled following heavy snowfalls on the day of the event. After eight events so far on the FIS World Cup tour, Anthony is currently ranked second in the world. The Tazawako World Cup was the last event of the season for Graham and Summers, with Graham ranked in fourth place and Summers in 13th.

Next week Jakara Anthony will be the only Australian in action, competing in a dual mogul event in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 1st.

Article from the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

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