Graham on top of the world after three podium finishes

Posted on February 8, 2021 by

Australian mogul skier Matt Graham (NSWIS) made it three consecutive podiums with back to back medals at the World Cup event in Deer Valley, USA, claiming the silver medal in the dual moguls, after bronze yesterday.

The success moves Graham into first place on the World Cup standings, the first time an Australian male mogul skier has had the yellow leader bib since the legendary Dale Begg-Smith in 2010.

The 26-year-old from the NSW Central Coast moved through the earlier rounds of the event with ease to advance to the dual for first place against 2018 Olympic Champion Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.

In a very close head to head race in snowy conditions, Graham just fell short with Kingsbury taking the win with a score of 20 to 15 points. Rounding out the podium in third place was Benjamin Cavet of France.

“Feels great to get the silver here in Deer Valley after yesterday’s bronze”, Graham said after collecting his third medal of the season.

“It was a tough day today, I think all the boys were a bit sore after yesterday’s event, so we really had to dig deep.

“It’s a great feeling to go into the last World Cup event of the season wearing the yellow leaders bib.”

For Graham, the result marks the 18th major medal of his career (3 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze).

With one World Cup competition left in the schedule, a dual mogul event in Kazakstan on March 14, Graham sits in first place on the standings with 289 points.

 

Behind Graham in the standings is Frenchman Benjamin Cavet on 271 points, Ludavig Fjallstrom of Sweden with 258 points and Ikuma Horishima of Japan on 246 points.

Graham’s teammate Brodie Summers (NSWIS) is in fifth on the standings after finishing eighth in the same event.

In other results for NSWIS scholarship holders:

Dual Moguls Women

  • Jakarta Anthony 11th
  • Britt Cox – 16th
  • Sophie Ash – 30th

Dual Moguls Men

  • Matt Graham – 2nd
  • Brodie Summers – 8th
  • Cooper Wood – 19th
  • James Matheson – 31st

Article first appeared on OWIA.org 

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