What an exciting day of competition today.

In the Snowboard Cross, the Aussies started the day really strong with Cam Bolton, Alex Chumpy Pullin and Adam Lambert qualifying directly through from the first seeding round.

Mens SBX

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Jarryd Hughes was unfortunate to get caught up in a difficult opening section and just missed out, meaning he had to put down one more run to secure his seeding.

That second run was the start of an historic day for Jarryd. He locked in the fastest time of all 24 athletes putting him in a great position for finals.

All three Aussies cruised through the first round, but unfortunately the youngest member of the team Adam Lambert was bumped and knocked over just missing out on round 2.

Round two saw all remaining Aussies go through to the semi final where they were all placed in the same heat. With 6 competitors and only 3 final spots on offer, it was all on the line.
Aussies in the SBX

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There was a big crash high on the course where Alex Pullin and Jarryd Hughes were the only two to come out unscathed. With two spots secured the crowd waited anxiously at the bottom to see who's head would pop over the final jump.

The colourful Cam Bolton support team were praying for a green and gold jersey however it was the blue, white and red of France's Pierre Vaultier that emerged to grab the finals spot.

Cam Bolton
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Bolton finally emerged for the small final, sporting a heavily strapped arm. He had sustained severe ligament damage in the crash but still managed to get up and race the small final.

It was truly incredible to watch Cam - wrist strapped in what was clearly a painful injury, needing someone to strap him in but still pulling himself out of the gate with one arm and putting on a great show to secure a top 10 Olympic finish.

Then all eyes were on the final and the three big names Pullin, Hughes, Vaultier.

All 6 competitors got a good start but it was Vaultier who came out strongest; following closely behind were Hughes and Pullin.

In almost identical fashion to Cam in the semis Chumpy drifted left and overshot a jump losing control on the landing extremely dissapointing for the three-time Olympian.

The head to head was on between Vaultier and Jarryd for the top spot. There was moment when Jarryd almost had him but the French man did just enough to stay ahead.



Another silver for Australia was an incredible result and the big Aussie contingent were ecstatic at the finish line.

The Women's aerials was another tale of disappointment and triumph that left us gasping.

Dual Olympian Danielle Scott lead the charge. A beautiful triple twisting double somersault scoring her 93.76 points secured her finals spot early. The World silver medallist took away a fifth place finish in her first jump.

Dani Scott qualification

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With three highly credialled Aussies all forced to jump a second time after failing to land their opening jumps it was a difficult night for the Aussies.

Our hearts broke for Lydia Lassila. The mum of two, five time Olympian, medallist and recent world champ (just to list a few of her accolades) was the very last to jump.

In a gut-wrenching finale to her decorated career, our hearts broke when a tailwind on the course gave her too much speed, dashing her medal hopes for this Games. Finishing in 14th place, a true champion Lydia turned the attention to her teammates, saying it was now 'their time to shine'. She is a true inspiration to us all here at XTM and we are so proud of her and what she has achieved.

Backing up her first Olympic appearance at Sochi, Laura Peel booked her ticket to the final with a third place score of 89.46 in the second jump. Dual Olympian Samantha Wells fell on both her jumps and finished in 17th. And so, a bittersweet end, with two Aussies out and two Aussies heading to the final.

Day 7 - What's on today

Snowboard Cross
Australia’s lone female boardercross rider Belle Brockhoff will be competing for gold in her comeback event since her knee surgery. After a turbulent few months, she is looking forward to competing against the best on the world’s biggest stage. Qualifications kick off at midday AEDT.

Aerial Skiing
After a nail-biting qualification round yesterday, Laura Peel and Danielle Scott have advanced to today’s 12-skier final. Finals launch at 22.00 AEDT, with the gold medal final around 22.52.

FOR MORE NEWS FROM THE WINTER OLYMPICS
XTM’s own Al Dower will be on the ground in Pyeongchang for the Games, cheering on  the team and sending back all the news as it happens.

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