Our Mogullers will hit the course in South Korea for the first time today! Now for the Winter Olympic rookies who are secretly thinking, 'Moguls... what?',  here is the down low...

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Australian Olympic Mogul team

Moguls is an event found within the Freestyle Skiing section of the Winter Olympics. You’ve probably heard a lot about the event recently in Australia as we have been majorly punching above our weight in this discipline for a country known for its beaches. We are producing some seriously world class talent and gold medal hopefuls.

The event itself consists of a single timed run down a steep course with some serious large round bumps (moguls)  around 200 to 270 metres long. Along the course there are two jumps, in which athletes can perform tricks which account for up to 20% of the overall score. The speed of the course accounts for another 20% whilst, unlike many timed events, 60% of the score is made up from a technical evaluation by judges on how athletes negotiate the moguls.

Things the Judges go nuts for are aggressive, controlled technique with a steady rhythmic change of travel to either side of the fall line whilst keeping the head still and facing downhill, with the chest steady and facing downhill.

To the majority of us, this may not mean anything, but to achieve this takes an incredible amount of skill and strength, both of which our Aussie’s well and truly have.Check out the footage of Matt Graham training in his interview to see some of the crazy training they do to prepare.

Leading the charge for the Aussies are Britt Cox and Matt Graham.

Britt has just come off the back of winning the 2017 World Championship and is one of Australia’s top gold medal hopes after dominating the racing calendar last year.

Matt Graham has also done extremely well, featuring on many podium during the World Championship last year too and with Sochi under his belt he will be hoping for a cracking performance in the upcoming competition.

Bouncing back after a shock ACL tear at Mt Buller in 2017, Brodie Summers will be lining up for his second Olympics after an intensive rehab program, a huge amount of grit and determination has gone into his return and it’ll be a great sight to see him on the start gate.

A huge congratulations to Jakara Anthony, Rohan Chapman-Davies, Claudia Gueli, Madii Himbury and James Matheson who will all make their debuts as Winter Olympians with so many up and comers showing just how strong our moguls team is this year.

On top of this, current conditions on the Phoenix Snowpark Moguls Course have altered slightly, with larger and firmer moguls enhancing the technical side of the event.

This favours our athletes as they are very technical skiers, which really boosts their all-important confidence going into such a prestigious and viciously competitive event. Good luck to all our mogullers! Look out for qualification, which is being held today at Midday AEDT (Feburary the 9th).

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