An outstanding run has given Matt Graham silver in the Freestyle Ski Moguls overnight at Phoenix Snow Park as the Winter Olympics continue in PyeongChang.
In a terrific score of 82.57, Graham became the 11th Australian Winter Games medallist and the first for 2018, claiming the silver behind Moguls’ world number one, Canadian Mikael Kingsbury.
Fellow Australians James Matheson and Rohan Chapman-Davies finished the event in 14th and 22nd place respectively, strong results for the debutant Olympians. The fourth member of the Australian team, Brodie Summers, unfortunately had to pull out due to injury.
Graham was expectedly overjoyed with his achievement.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Graham said.
“I’m over the moon, it still hasn’t sunk in but I can’t wait to celebrate.
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“It was amazing putting down that final run which was my best run of the night. I knew when I saw the score I was going to be on the podium.
“I came out today and, actually the first training session before the qualification session didn’t exactly go as I would’ve liked, maybe I just felt a little bit stiff and then went inside, took a breather and came out firing.
“I was just having fun and when I’m having fun I’m skiing the best.”
COMETH THE MOGUL, COMETH THE MAN.
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“It’s amazing, my teammate Jimmy they’re his brother and his best mates and they’re mine too so it’s amazing having all those guys out, all the families, my family in particular and, you know, my three friends here and my girlfriend — it’s really amazing to have them all here and I’m just really happy,” Graham said.
“And my grandparents too, besides mum and dad they’re a very close second to my biggest supporters and it means the world to me to have them here and I can’t wait to hug them and celebrate later.”
Graham’s success follows on from a great night in the women’s moguls – in which Jakara Anthony and Britt Cox just missed out on the medals finishing 4th and 5th respectively.