By Steve Cuff in Phoenix Snow Park
INJURY has struck again for the Australian Winter Olympic team with Tess Coady having to withdraw from the games after suffering a ruptured ACL in her warmup run before the ladies’ slopestyle qualifying.
Coady, the 17 year old youngest member of the Australian team had had been through the course for an inspection and then on her first warm-up run crashed on the bottom air jump ruining her chances to compete at her first Olympics.
Coady had been in great spirits earlier in the week and was expected to put in a strong showing here in PyeongChang.
In a statement released through the Australia Olympic Committee, Coady said “I am extremely disappointed with injuring my knee before I had the chance to compete.”
“It’s a very difficult time but I’m getting great support from the medical team and my teammates. I’m going to work hard to come back even better in the future.”
After Coady had injured herself the qualification was cancelled due to gusting strong winds on what was a bitterly cold day at the Phoenix Snow Park venue.
Snowboard slopestyle athlete Tess Coady at Phoenix Snow Park. Winter Olympic Games 2018 at PyeongChang, South Korea. Photo by Steve Cuff
Earlier in the day in the men’s slopestyle snowboard final, young United States snowboarder Redmond Gerard won a gold medal in his first Winter Olympic games.
The young American seemed a bit unsure of how excited he should be on the podium for the flower ceremony, or maybe it had not sunk in yet of the enormity of winning an Olympic gold.
Prior to the flower presentation he spoke to Snowy Mountains Magazine, “that was really cool, I am really happy to land a run and just so happens it got me on the top of the podium.”
When asked about doing it in his first Olympics he said, “mind blowing”.
USA’s Redmond Gerard wins gold in the men’s snowboard slopestyle. Photo by Steve Cuff
Tonight Women’s Mogul Final
In a few hours the women’s mogul’s finals will take place. Britt Cox is already through to the final and there are 10 more spots up for the grabs for the remaining three Australian girls, Madii Himbury, Jakara Anthony and Claudia Gueli.
This is our first realistic medal hope with current World Champion Britt Cox attempting to win her first Olympic medal. Cox who finished in sixth position will need to continue to score higher if she is to ensure herself a spot in the super final.