By Steve Cuff in South Korea
Australia’s mogul team started their preparation last night a chilly with their first training session and -13 degrees.
The athletes were not fazed by the temperatures, but the course was labelled as brutal early in the evening, but soon everyone was into the swing of things. The group were also pleased to be on snow after having arrived a few days earlier.
Britt Cox in her third Winter Olympics will start the women’s event as one of the favourites for a gold medal and podium position and looked strong on the night. Jakara Anthony, Claudia Gueli and Madi Himbury will round out the women’s team.
Mat Graham has been up and down on form but as the evening progressed looked to be in fine rhythm.
“Over all I am quite happy with how the first evening session went,” said Matt.
“The course is quite tricky this year. It’s got really big firm bumps and pretty tight little transitions for the jumps so lot of technically to the course, but you know I think over the course of the week, that is really going to work in my favour.
“Pretty happy overall. Started out it seemed like overall there was lot to timid faces amongst the field at the start of the training session, so my goal was come out like very day business and treat it like it was an easy course. I think that it worked in my favour at the end of my session.”
Brodie Summers has returned from knee injury and said he is going great and is happy to be back here amongst the field.
“The leg is feeling really really good, can’t wait to check out the course and get ready for this week,” said Brodie prior to the session.
When asked did he think he might have been in doubt for the event he responded, Nah, always hopeful, my physio told me right from the start that I would be able to do it. We have worked really well together last five months and managed to make it happen and now its business time.”
Coach Steve Desovich was in deep conversation with athletes after each run and knows what Olympic games are all about and always keeps his cards close to his chest.
When asked the upcoming week and how the team is faring, Desovitch responded, “Tough to tell right now. Just trying to get going with the first day. Get up and down the course. Get all the skills going. Get the perimeters to the course all worked out.”
“It’s been an up and down year, been some really good highlights and there has been some lowlights. Just gotta try to bring everything together to this time period,” said Desovitch.
The team will train again this evening in possibly colder temperatures. Their qualification is on Friday and the moguls final on Saturday.