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  •   Home > News > International

    Winter Olympics: Australian moguls team confident of Pyeongchang medal success

    There is friendly competition building within Australia's Winter Olympic Games squad, as moguls skiers like Britt Cox back their chances to match the feats of their aerial teammates in Pyeongchang.

    Australia's moguls skiers are not just competing against other nations at the Winter Olympic Games, as they have their sights set on matching some teammates as well.

    While the Australian aerials team boasts the most medals in Australian Winter Olympic history — two gold, one silver and two bronze — the moguls skiers are confident they can challenge their high-flying teammates for supremacy in Pyeongchang.

    Britt Cox was the 2017 world champion in the moguls, while Matt Graham has frequently featured on the World cup podium this season.

    Cox said the moguls team had always used Australian results as more motivation to succeed.

    "We see an event where the aerials team get great results and we're like, 'oh, we want to up them at the next event'," she said.

    "It's just a fun challenge throughout the season and hopefully we can carry that vibe through the Games here as well."

    Australia has won medals in the moguls at previous Games, with Canadian-born Dale Begg-Smith claiming gold and silver in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

    Australia's deputy chef de mission Geoff Lipshut said moguls had always been an event Australia targeted for medals.

    "Dale left a huge mark on Australian Winter Olympic sport," he said.

    "Seeing an Aussie win gold has opened up opportunities for other Aussie athletes to replicate that.

    "Given our mountain areas, we have short steep pitches, so we've always had moguls courses."

    Graham said his first training run on the Pyeongchang course had given him and his teammates confidence.

    "Last year, the course from my perspective was slightly easy," he said.

    "The moguls are quite big and firm now, which adds a bit of technicality, which will work in our favour because we are generally technical skiers."

    The Australian moguls contingent will begin their Pyeongchang campaign in the qualifications stage before Friday's Olympic ceremony, meaning they will not march with the rest of the squad.

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