Cox caps breakout year with world title win
SKIING: Australia's incredible winter snow sports season has continued with Britt Cox becoming the country's first ever single moguls world champion.
The 22-year-old from Falls Creek in Victoria, who had never won a major international event before this season, had already wrapped up the season's World Cup series and claimed her eighth victory in Spain yesterday.
"All season this was the event in the back of my mind ... that I really wanted to be successful at,” Cox said.
"A lot of people have been asking me what clicked this season and I don't think anything necessarily clicked, it was more a matter of all the training I have done over a number of years finally paying off for me.
"One of the things my coaches are huge advocates for are basics and fundamentals, and I've learnt from them that to be successful consistently you have to master those basics and fundamentals.
"We've worked hard on that for a long time and I think it's finally starting to pay off for me.”
Cox, despite her youth, will be attending a third Olympics next year, having debuted as a 15-year-old.
"In my head I'm watching the runs I've done this season and there's still so much more I want to do with my skiing and I have so many opportunities and training camps to come where I can build upon that and work on my skiing to hopefully put myself in the best position to do the run of my life next year,” she said.
In soft and warm conditions yesterday, not dissimilar to spring in the Australian Alps, Cox asserted her dominance throughout, qualifying first, winning her semi-final and then taking gold.
She had it all to do on the Sierra Nevada course as Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont laid down a handy marker of 82.51 as the second last skier on course in the final.
But the silky style that has punctuated Cox's season was evident in her turns and two jumps as she scored 83.63 on the last run of the women's competition to win.
She is the first Australian to capture a world championship in the Olympic-format moguls, with Dale Begg-Smith winning the dual moguls title back in 2007.
The non-Olympic event of dual moguls take place on Friday morning (AEST), with the freestyle skiing and snowboarding championships running until March 19.