Matt Graham takes out silver in mens moguls

Image credit: OWI | Steve Cuff

Matt Graham has done it!

In the men’s moguls final last night, he put down a smooth run for a score of 82.57 and in doing so, took out the first Aussie medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games!

Not here to mess around, Matt, went huge from the start. In his opening run he landed the second best score of the competition so far (81.39) and put himself directly into the top 12 in his opening run of the final.

He was pipped by his Canadian rival Mikael Kingsbury – who has been touted the greatest moguls man of all time – who had a flawless run, and ahead of Japan’s Daichi Hara who scored 82.19 to claim bronze.
Matt Graham takes out silver in mens moguls

Image credit: OWI | Steve Cuff

Matt now joins his mentor Dale Begg -Smith on the list of Aussie men to bring home Olympic medals in Moguls.

So great seeing our guy up on the podium on the course after the finals event last night. The official medal ceremony will be held today and we can’t wait to see Matty with that silver around his neck.

Matt Graham takes out silver in mens moguls
Image credit: OWI | Steve Cuff

Showing off more of that great Aussie sports style, Matt had lots of praise for his rival and friend, Mikael, describing him as ‘the greatest in our sport and one of the greatest people in the world.’

Matt Graham and Kingsbury
Image credit: OWI | Kathy Watt

The tough conditions and challenging course took a lot of the big guys out including the current World Champ Ikuma Horishima.

An awesome effort for his Olympic rookie James Matheson who finished 14th with 75.98, narrowly missing out of the second final. His first run put together a backflip with a full twist, before he flew down the course to finish with a corkscrew 720.
His dedicated mates easy for him to spot as they were the only ones shirtless despite the minus 10 degree conditions.

Got to love an Aussie cheersquad!
Aussie cheersquad
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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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