Fox’s Double Gold Medal in World Cup

Posted on June 20, 2022 by

Olympic Champion and NSWIS scholarship holder Jess Fox has continued her impressive World Cup form to take back to back K1 crowns this time in Krakow, Poland over the weekend.

Jessica has twice won both the K1 and C1 titles in Krakow – at the last ICF world cup in 2018, and at the U23 world championships in 2016. She also won C1 gold in Krakow in 2015.

On the weekend she again showed that on her best days she is a class above, finishing 2.58 seconds ahead of Czech Tereza Fiserova to repeat her win of seven days earlier in Prague.

“Obviously two wins, it’s a great way to start the season, I’m really happy with the way I paddled in that final,” Jessica said.

“It’s a very physical course, the water is kind of dead and slow in a lot of places, you’ve got to always be paddling to keep the speed on the boat. When I finished I would have been interested to see what my heart rate was, because I didn’t have much more in the tank.

“There’s always a few unknowns at the start of the season, our preparation was a bit different this time, but I think if the last two years have taught us anything it’s that you have to be adaptable.”

Meanwhile her sister Noemie Fox is fast making a name for herself in the Extreme Slalom event, after claiming silver overnight at the ICF World Cup in Poland.

Extreme Slalom is set to make its Olympic debut at the Paris Olympic Games.

25 year old Noemie has been a mainstay on the World Cup circuit over years and while she’s not trying to get ahead of herself with the potential of an Olympic Games spot for the Extreme Slalom, she’s putting her best foot forward.

“This year it’s stepped up a whole other level and the quarter finals are feeling like a final from the get go. So taking it step by step and we’ll see what happens [for Paris 2024].

“It was definitely a battle out there. Last week in Prague I finished fourth, and good to be in the final again but get a bit of bling [silver medal] in this round.

“Once you’re up there [on the start ramp] I think you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do… I think there is a little bit of strategy that comes into it, but sometimes it is who you’re paired with,” said Noemie.

The third ICF World Cup will be held from 24-26 June 2022 in Slovenia.  

Article and image courtesy of Paddle Australia. 


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