Jakara Anthony and Britt Cox have finished in the top five of the Women’s Freestyle Ski Moguls in PyeongChang over the weekend, an outstanding achievement for the Australian Olympic Team.
An Olympic fourth place for 19-year-old Anthony (75.35) is a career best result, following a 5th placing earlier in the season at the Deer Valley World Cup.
Having two athletes in the Third Final for the Women’s Freestyle Ski Moguls is a strong finish for any country, and a fifth place for World Champion Britt Cox – whilst not quite the outcome Australia was hoping for – makes this result quite special.
Fellow Aussie competitors Madii Himbury and Claudia Gueli ultimately finished 20th and 23rd respectively. Perrine Laffont of France won the gold medal with a score of 78.65, with defending Olympic Champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada claiming silver and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva taking the bronze medal.
🇦🇺 Jakara Anthony 4th and 🇦🇺 @BrittyCox 5th – we couldn’t be prouder!!
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) February 11, 2018
“I had a lot of runs today and they progressively got better,” said Anthony.
“I think my first two final runs were my best and then full on day so by the time you get to the Super Final it starts to drop off a bit. It wasn’t my best run of the day but I’m still really happy with how I performed.
“The whole thing’s been a massive learning experience for me and I’ll definitely be taking all the experience that I had here going into Beijing 2022.”
Brilliant drama, leaving Jakara and Britt in 4th and 5th finishing in the moguls finals. So proud of them both! #pyeongchang2018
— NSWInstituteOfSport (@theNSWIS) February 11, 2018
“My goal for this week and for tonight in particular was to absolutely go for it, give it everything I’ve got and I really truly believe that I did that tonight so for that I’m really happy and I’m really proud,” Cox said.
“It didn’t really pay off for me in the Super Final, I went too big and too fast and was scrappy in the middle but I achieved my goal of going for it so that’s a positive and I’m proud of that”