Australian women's moguls skier Jakara Anthony has ended a 12-year Winter Olympics gold-medal drought for Australia. Three other Aussies also competed in this event this past week.
The wait for a new Winter Olympics Australian champion is over, with Jakara Anthony having claimed gold on the second day of the Beijing games. She was one of four Australian women to compete in this discipline.
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- Jakara Anthony ended Australia's wait, becoming the first Aussie to finish atop the podium in more than a decade.
- She won her gold medal just hours after Tess Coady claimed bronze in snowboard Slopestyle.
- Britteny Cox, Sophie Ash and Taylah O'Neill also competed in the women's moguls.
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Jakara Anthony has been skiing since she was four years old. As a youngster she dreamed of winning an olympic medal. At 19-years of age she came incredibly close, finishing fourth at her maiden Olympics in Pyeongchang.
At this Olympics in Beijing, it would be everyone else chasing her. Anthony dominated qualification, finished first with a total score of 83.75 and automatically progressing to the final.
In the final rounds, she finished first at every step. She scored of 81.91 in final 1, 81.29 in final 2 and 83.09 during the medals final besting silver medalist American Jaelin Kauf and ROC bronze medalist Anastasia Smirnova.
GOLD MEDAL ALERT 🥇🥇🥇— 7Olympics (@7olympics) February 6, 2022
Jakara Anthony has just WON the Women's Mogul Final! 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/C39nXpMU3e
Speaking to Seven Network after her win, Anthony could not hold back her excitement:
“It’s really incredible to know that all the hard work that I have been putting into my whole skiing career is really paying off. I’m just lost for words.
“(Handling the pressure) is a real testament to myself and the team around me in the last four years and the really solid processes we follow.
"It really hasn’t been easy. I think that I am a much better athlete and person because of it.”
With the win Anthony became the first Winter Olympic champion since Torah Bright and Lydia Lassila at the Vancouver 2010 Games.
Three other Australians also competed in the women's moguls. Britteny Cox finished ninth in the qualification 1 with a score of 72.26 but was eliminated in the final 1 when she was classed 14th, two below finals 2 qualification.
Sophie Ash missed out automatic finals 1 qualification after finishing 13th in qualification 1. She made the finals when she finished third in qualification 2 with a score of 72.20. Like Cox she was eliminated in finals 1 due to her 16th place finish.
Taylah O'Neill took part in qualification 1 but did not finish. O'Neill had heartbreakingly torn her ACL four weeks ago.
More Australian Olympic news can be found on the AOC's website.