Australian mogul skier and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Jakara Anthony continued her unstoppable start to the 2023-2024 FIS World Cup season, recording her sixth victory days before Christmas in the final event of the calendar year in Bakuriani, Georgia.

Anthony’s start to the season is by far the best by any Australian wintersports athlete, winning a medal in all seven events this season, which includes six victories and a bronze medal.

The 2022 Olympic Champion has now has 14 career World Cup gold medals, moving her closer to legendary Australian mogul skier Dale Begg-Smith’s 18 career victories.

Anthony moved through the dual mogul rounds with ease, with her closest race coming in the semi-final stage against American Jaelin, Kauf. Earlier in the season Kauf had denied Anthony a win in the dual mogul event in Idre Fjall, Sweden, but this time Anthony advanced to the gold medal dual matchup with a score of 20 points to 15.

In the big final, Anthony easily won against Canadian Maia Schwinghammer with a score of 35-0, after Schwinghammer crashed out after the top air.

“It was an awesome day out here for duals, and to go on the podium with Jaelin and Maia,” said the 25-year-old from Barwon Heads in Victoria.

“Jaelin is renowned for her speed, so to finally get one on her on that, and to see Maia get her first podium was awesome to be a part of.”

In the men’s event, 2022 Olympian and fellow NSWIS athlete Cooper Woods finished in seventh, his best dual mogul result of the season to date, losing his dual against eventual event winner Mikael Kingsbury of Canada, 14 points to 21.

The mogul skiing World Cup tour is on break until the third week of January, with the first event of 2024 scheduled to take place in Val St. Come, Canada, on January 19 and 20.

Article and image courtesy of OWIA

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