Graham wins historic sixth ABOM Mogul Challenge title, Parks upsets World number one to win fourth title
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) skier and current world number three Matthew Graham has smashed the record books with an historic sixth victory at Mt Buller on Saturday 2 September in the ABOM Mogul Challenge.
Graham now stands clear with the most victories in the events 29-year history, moving past two-time Australian Olympian Nick Cleaver and current world number one Britt Cox who both have five wins.
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The dual mogul action was spectacular on the Chamois ski run, with athletes battling it out ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. With spots on the Australian team likely to go down to the wire, the standard of the sport in Australia is at an all-time high.
Nicole Parks had one of the best victories of her career to claim her fourth ABOM title, highlighted by a big upset of current World Champion Britt Cox in the semi-final round by a score of 13-12 from the judges. Parks’ New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) teammate Madii Himbury finished in second place, with Cox taking the bronze.
Graham was the strong favourite in the men’s event, and looked comfortable all day, qualifying in first place and winning each dual on the way to the title. International athletes Alexandre Lavoie of Canada finished second with American George McQuinn third.
The event was a great success with a record field of 128 entrants from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Poland and the USA.
The ABOM Mogul Challenge is a world-class mogul ski competition held annually at Mt Buller since 1989. This iconic event is one of the highlights of the winter season, attracting some of the world’s best mogul skiers.
Buller Ski Lifts General Manager Laurie Blampied congratulated the athletes, “The speed, skills and style that the skiers showcased on Chamois run yesterday was impressive.
Freestyle skiing is a key component of elite snowsports here at Mt Buller and we look forward to supporting the moguls and aerial skiers with the resort’s continued commitment the Olympic Training Center here in 2018 and beyond.”
Cox join records books with fifth
Britt Cox and Benjamin Cavet have emerged victorious in one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the ABOM Mogul Challenge at Mt Buller.
In its 27th year, the event attracted a record number of competitors, and featured some of the best skiers in the world highlighted by current world number one Mikael Kingsbury of Canada and World Cup teams from France, Canada and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA).
Britt Cox’s victory in the women’s event over World Junior Champion Perrine Laffont of France, gave Cox a record fourth ABOM title, the most won by a female athlete. Rounding out the women’s podium was Mt Buller athlete Jakara Anthony who currently trains with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS).
The men’s final featured one of the greatest duals ever seen at Mt Buller, with French Skier Benjamin Cavet taking victory over Canadian Mikael Kingsbury by one point, the smallest margin possible. Mt Buller’s Brodie Summers won bronze after out dualing Canadian world number three Phillipe Marquis.
The day was a great success, with the event run in front of a large crowd on the Chamois course in the Mt Buller village under glorious blue skies. The dual mogul action featured spectacular side by side jumps and turns with most duals going down to the wire.
Official Results 2015