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Our Mogullers have opened Australia’s PyeongChang 2018 campaign at Phoenix Park this morning.

Off to a solid start, Matt and Britt - both our main medal chances - both went straight through to their finals, and all for Aussies in the Women's finished in the top 20.

But an injury in training has cast a shadow over Brodie Summers' Pyeongchang campaign.

Hitting the Olympic scene for the second time, 2017 World Champion Britt Cox was the first of the Aussies out on the course in today's qualification run. She finished in 6th place with a score of 76.78, putting her straight through to the final.


Image credit: OWI | Steve Cuff

XTM's man on the ground, Al Dower spoke with Matt Graham after his run and he is feeling pretty good leading into the finals. He had hoped to put down a stronger run but is focused on the big one now.

Ranked 3rd in the world going into the Olympics, Matt had a clean first run, clocking in at 24.47 and scoring 77.28 points.

Image credit: OWI | Kathy Watt

James Matheson put in a really solid run and if he can repeat that on day 2 will be in the mix for finals.

Brodie Summers did not start. Coming off the back of an injury and after a full day on course yesterday he wanted to give his knee a rest and is looking forward to putting it all on the line in day 2.
Brodie gets medical advice on his knee

Image credit: OWI | Kathy Watt

Olympic debutant Jakara Anthony did an awesome job finishing in 14th place with a score of 69.49. She narrowly missed out and from talking to her family was a little disappointed in her run as she felt she made two small errors that cost her, but is super confident going into Qual 2.

Teammate and fellow Games debutant Madii Himbury finished in 15th place after her first run which featured her signature backflip. Also making her first Olympic appearance in PyeongChang, Claudia Gueli finished in the top 20 with a score of 68.68.

Image credit: OWI | Kathy Watt

While Britt's top ten spot takes her directly through to Final 1 on Sunday, Australia’s three other female moguls skiers will now need to place in the top ten of qualification 2, which will feature the 20 skiers that have not already progressed.

The Women's finals will be held on Day 2 and Men's finals on Day 3 (February 10-11).

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