24th ABOM Mogul Challenge
World Class Australian junior athletes Matthew Graham and Britteny Cox have again cemented themselves as two of the most exciting prospect in the world by claiming victory in the 2012 James Boag ABOM Mogul Challenge at Mt Buller.
The win marks the fourth straight title for Graham with Cox winning her third straight title.
With over 100 athletes competing, sunny weather and a fun course the event was yet another great success.
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A strong field is assembling for the 2012 James Boag’s ABOM Mogul Challenge, the 24th running of the event, with all eyes on 17-year-old Australian young guns Matthew Graham and Britteny Cox who will be defending their titles.
The event will take place on the Chamois ski run in the heart of the Mt Buller village, ideal for spectators, with the action expected to be spectacular under the dual moguls format, where athletes compete against each other side-by-side down a 200m long course featuring two jumps.
Cox will be aiming for her third straight title, which would give her the most female ABOM titles in the event’s history.
Other leading Australians aiming to take home victory include Australian Institute of Sport athlete Nicole Parks, who is a past winner of the event and took silver on day one of the National Mogul Championships last weekend.
Australian development team members competing for the New South Wales Institute of Sport including Brodie Summers, Rohan Chapman-Davies, David Graham and Taylah O’Neill will also be challenging for the podium.
Competitors will be battling it out for $8000 in prize money along with the honour of going into ABOM Mogul history as ABOM Champion. Past winners have included some of the all-time legends of the sport, including the last two Olympic Champions in the Men’s event: 2010 Olympic Champion Alexandre Bilodeau (CAN) and 2006 Olympic Champion Dale Begg-Smith (AUS).
Younger athletes are also encouraged to compete in the Junior (19 & under) and Youth (13 & under) categories where divisional winners take home trophies and goggles from event sponsor Bolle.
Want a copy of the 21st Anniversary Poster painted by Jay Walker, click on the image.
Each year a poster is produced to entice individuals brave enough to give the best mogul skiers in the country a run for their money.
The posters began by featuring the loveably abominable snow man, the ABOM’s mascot. More recently the posters have featured Olympics athletes, Team Buller members and a plethora of impressive tricks, which best represent the evolution of the ABOM Mogul challenge and the progression of mogul skiing worldwide.