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SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 15

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 15

23/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1649410
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 15            February 23, 2014

 
   

Courtesy AOC

David Morris named Closing Ceremony Flagbearer

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Taya Conomos

TEAM: Aerial Skiing silver medallist David Morris has been named Australian Flagbearer for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony.

Morris, Australia’s one and only male aerials medallist, was offered the position by Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman yesterday and had to keep it a secret until it was revealed this morning in Sochi.

“It’s a privilege, I’ve always dreamed of this. It’s awesome,” said Morris, who spoke to media with the Australian flag draped around him.

“To be selected to represent the Team and what we stand for is just amazing.”

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Tough day on Sochi slopes for Slalom boys

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Matt Bartolo

ALPINE - SLALOM: Australia’s Dominic Demschar and Ross Peraudo were two of a staggering 72 athletes that failed to finish the Men’s Slalom event.

Peraudo did not complete his first run while Demschar sat in 66th place at the halfway mark of the competition before not getting down the second run. 

Austria’s Mario Matt claimed the Gold in front of countryman Marcel Hirschel with Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen taking Bronze.

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Watson toughs it out in gruelling 30km Cross Country race

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Matthew Bartolo

CROSS COUNTRY: Australian cross country skier Aimee Watson has pulled off a performance her nation should be extremely proud of, after pushing herself to the limit to finish the gruelling 30km Mass Start Free.

As Watson entered the stadium for the final time the crowd erupted, chanting her name and urging her across the finishing line in what was another advertisement of the never-say-die attitude that comes with wearing the green and gold uniform.

Well off the back of the field and little chance of making up anymore places the 26-year-old toughed it out to come 54th, ensuring another Olympic result to her name.

“When I start something I like to finish it,” Watson said. 

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Courtesy AOC

Phil Bellingham Olympics Review

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au 

As the Sochi Olympics race towards the Closing Ceremony olympics.com.au will be speaking with Aussie athletes about their favourite experiences. Phil Bellingham has been a popular choice for 'funniest athlete', now he gets his turn to nominate.

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Courtesy AOC

Greta's great Games come to an end

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | 

18-year-old Greta Small had the busiest Olympics of any Australian athlete. She competed in al five of the women's Alpine Skiing events.

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The Flagbearers for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

The Flagbearers for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

23/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1649500
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 
PRESS RELEASE

Sunday 23 February 2014
www.olympic.org

 

The Flagbearers for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Please find below the link to the list of the flagbearers for the 88 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participating in the Closing Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

List of the flagbearers for the 88 National Olympic Committees  (NOCs)

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 14

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 14

22/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1648649
 
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 14            February 22, 2014

 
     

Courtesy FIS

 

Crema crosses seventh in a dramatic day of SX racing

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Andrew Reid

FREESTYLE – SKI CROSS: Katya Crema produced the best skiing of her career to place a sensational seventh in the Ski Cross event at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

It was a season best for the 25-year-old, in difficult conditions on the Extreme Park course at Rosa Khutor. 

Jenny Owens also skied really well in the last event of her long and distinguished career to place 12th.

Sami Kennedy-Sim on Olympic debut showed glimpses of brilliance but ran out of luck in her 1/8 final to finished the day ranked 28th. 

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Courtesy FIS

 

Owens says goodbye in style

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Emily Groves

FREESTYLE – SKI CROSS: Three-time Olympian Jenny Owens has called it a day on her skiing career after more than two decades at the top.

The 35-year-old skied her last race in the quarter-finals of the Ski Cross competition at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Friday, coming 12th overall.

“That’s it,” she declared at the end of her run, to some of the Australian media who have followed her throughout her long career.

“That was really, really fun. I had a great time. Not the result that I was actually looking for but I gave it everything and I had a lot of fun.”

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Small’s big dreams come true

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Taya Conomos

ALPINE SKIING: There’s no denying the conditions were tough for the last event on the women’s Alpine program- Slalom.

Three Australians took to the course on Saturday afternoon for their first run, and returned a few hours later to tackle it again under lights.

Teenager Greta Small finished the event 31st (1:57.60), 24-year-old Lavinia Chrystal was 32nd (1:57.90) and 21-year-old Emily Bamford was unlucky to record a DNF- failing to finish her second run.

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Bearded Grimus to take cut for good cause

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au 

FREESTYLE - SKI CROSS: Australian Freestyle skier Anton Grimus has put a lot of hard work into growing one of the most impressive beards of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, but the ski cross competitor will take a cut for a good cause on 22 February. 

When he heard teammate Scott Kneller had started the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation in December in memory of his late father, he offered to shave off the growth he has happily cultivated for two years to raise funds.

Already A$S10,000 is in the kitty so that GRIMUS can once again feel the cold wind on his chin.

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Mountain medicine

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Peter Henrys

SOCHI 2014: While Australia's Team Doctor Peter Braun has put in countless hours of preparation during the 12 months leading up to the Games, he actually hopes in a peculiar way that most of his plans and procedures will not see the light of day in Sochi.

The reason is of course is that a great deal of his diligence and meticulous planning to get to the point of creating three 'pop-up' medical clinics in various locations in Sochi's competition clusters is targeted at the unpredictable side of his role - injury treatment.

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IOC sanctions German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle for failing anti-doping test at the Sochi Gam
INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 
PRESS RELEASE

Saturday 22 February 2014
www.olympic.org

 

IOC sanctions German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle for failing anti-doping test at the Sochi Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany has been excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Sachenbacher-Stehle, 33, tested positive on 17 February for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel and Gunilla Lindberg, decided the following:

I.          The Athlete, Ms Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Germany, Biathlon:

(i)         is disqualified from the following events:

-           Women's 12.5km Mass Start Biathlon event, where she placed 4th;

-           2x6km Women + 2x7.5km Men Mixed Relay Biathlon event, where she placed 4th;

(ii)        shall have her diploma in the above-mentioned events withdrawn;

(iii)        is excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014; and

(iv)       shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled immediately.

II.         The 2x6km Women + 2x7.5km Men Mixed Relay relay team, composed of Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Laura Dahlmeier, Daniel Boehm and Simon Schempp:

(i)         is disqualified from the 2x6km Women + 2x7.5km Men Mixed Relay Biathlon event, where it placed 4th; and

(ii)        the diplomas awarded to the members of the team in the above-noted event shall be withdrawn.

III.         The International Biathlon Union is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

IV.        The DOSB is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diplomas awarded to the Athlete, as well as the members of the 2x6km Women + 2x7.5km Men Mixed Relay team, in relation to the events mentioned above.

V.         The International Ski Federation is requested to consider any further action within its own competence.

VI.        The IOC administration is requested to reallocate the diplomas withdrawn from the athletes in accordance with the new ranking provided by the International Biathlon Union.

VII.       This decision shall enter into force immediately.

Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 30 January (the date of the opening of the Olympic Villages) to 23 February 2014 (the date of the Closing Ceremony). Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random. The IOC also performs out-of-competition unannounced tests. Over the course of the Sochi Games, the IOC is expected to carry out some 2,453 tests - 1,944 urine and 509 blood.

The full decision is available here.

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 13

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 13

21/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1642385
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 13            February 21, 2014

 
   

Courtesy FIS

Sheehan 10th in Historic Halfpipe Final

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Andrew Reid

FREESTYLE – SKI HALFPIPE: Amy Sheehan has delivered another top 10 performance for Australia at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the event's first Olympic final.

Sheehan claimed the last spot in the 12-woman final with a score of 70.60 points from her ‘safety’ second run in qualifying. She held back on some difficulty after falling on her first run. 

Her teammate Davina Williams was 15th in qualifying after bravely bouncing back from a heavy fall while warming-up for qualification.

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Courtesy FIS

Aussies positive despite crashing out

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Annie Kearney

FREESTYLE SKIING: Australia’s two male hopes in Ski Cross were bundled out in the 1/8 Finals, after crashing on the course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Day 13. It seemed like every race had a crash and for the Australians luck was not on their side.

The event was a clean sweep for the French team. World champion Jean Frederic Chapius led for most of the Big Final and hung on to win the Gold. Arnaud Bovolenta skied to Silver and Jonathan Midol the Bronze. Canadian Brady Leman crashed out near the bottom of the course pushing hard to make up ground and finished fourth. 

Racing in Heat 2, Australian hope Scott Kneller had a slow start but positioned himself well in the field looking for opportunities to pass before crashing halfway through the race on a tight turn.

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Bearded Grimus to take cut for good cause

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au 

FREESTYLE - SKI CROSS: Australian Freestyle skier Anton Grimus has put a lot of hard work into growing one of the most impressive beards of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, but the ski cross competitor will take a cut for a good cause on 22 February. 

When he heard teammate Scott Kneller had started the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation in December in memory of his late father, he offered to shave off the growth he has happily cultivated for two years to raise funds.

Already A$S10,000 is in the kitty so that GRIMUS can once again feel the cold wind on his chin.

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Scholarships offered to Snowboard athletes

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

AOC: The CEO of the Olympic Winter Institute (OWI) Geoff Lipshut will recommend a move to an expanded snowboard cross program for the next four years that will include Belle Brockhoff, Jarryd Hughes and Cam Bolton as well as Alex Pullin. 

“Program details will be formulated post games and will be subject to OWI Board approval and athletes accepting the terms and conditions that comes with a scholarship” Lipshut said. 

“We will look to continue to work with NSWIS to develop an even stronger program going forward for what is an exciting talent base” he said. 
Meanwhile Lipshut has defended the “target” funding program put in place for Alex Pullin despite a disappointing result in Sochi. 

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AOC Boss: Extra money won’t be available for 2018 Games

Courtesy Herald Sun | www.heraldsun.com.au | John Lehmann

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Olympic official, John Coates, has warned that no more money will be available to plough into developing winter sports champions for the 2018 Games.

But he says he was “very encouraged” by the team’s performance in Sochi, despite being likely to fall just short of the team’s “four to five” medal goal.

“We’ve got the same medals as last time, just a different colour,’’ he said, of Australia’s tally of two silver and one bronze.

“We hoped there might be a slight improvement but it wasn’t to be.’’

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SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 12

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 12

20/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1636274
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 12            February 20, 2014

 
   

 

Aussies take on the Giants

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Taya Conomos

ALPINE SKIING: On Day 12 of the Games, Australian alpine skiers Dominic Demschar and Ross Peraudo have finally done what they came here to do: race fast.

The Olympic debutants were welcomed by blue skies, hard snow and some of Alpine Skiing’s greatest racers for the men’s Giant Slalom at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre. 

Demschar improved in his second run to finish 39th, while Peraudo went for it but found himself “flying a little more than I expected,” missed a gate in his second run and recorded a DNF. 

The Aussie pair had finished the first of two runs 42nd (Demschar - 1:26.47) and 50th (Peraudo - 1:29.07).

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Bellingham and Watson wrap up Games with tough Team Sprint

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Matthew Bartolo

CROSS COUNTRY: Aussies Phil Bellingham and Callum Watson have capped off their debut Olympic Games with a 12th place finish in their semi-final of the Cross Country Team Sprint. 

The duo were 2:28.18 behind winners Finland but would have been closer if Bellingham was not taken out early on in the event. 

Leading the Aussies out in the 6 lap, interchanging event, the 22-year-old was unfortunate to be caught up in another competitor’s mistake. 

“I was feeling pretty good and in the main group. 

“The Japanese guy cut across as we were going into the first corner and didn’t quite get in the tracks and face planted right in front of me.” 

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Courtesy AOC

Exhausted Cross Country team reflect on first games

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au 

Phil Bellingham and Callum Watson believe the best is still ahead of them after finishing their debut Olympics with a 12th place in the semi final of the Team Sprint.

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Esther Bottomley Olympics Review

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

As the Sochi Olympics race towards the Closing Ceremony olympics.com.au will be speaking with Aussie athletes about their favourite experiences. Cross country skier Esther Bottomley is at her third Games.

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Courtesy Katya Crema

Life at the Sochi Olympics

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Katya Crema

BLOG: I have now been living in the Sochi Olympic Village for one week. There's so much happening here I don't know where to start!

Our ski cross team arrived three days after the Opening Ceremony. At first I was a bit disappointed to miss the Opening Ceremony march, but given the scheduling of our event right towards the end of the Games, it didn't make sense to fly into Russia so early. Instead, I was lucky enough to catch up with my parents in Innsbruck for a couple of days before my departure to Sochi. It was great to watch a few Olympic events together, including Britt Cox's stand-out performance finishing 5th place in the women's moguls. A great start for the Aussie Olympic Team!

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SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 11

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 11

19/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1630318
 
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 11            February 19, 2014

 
     

Courtesy AOC

 

Morris medal celebration

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

Men's Aerial's silver medallist David Morris celebrates with fans and team mates.

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No luck for Aussie men in Snowboard Cross

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Andrew Reid

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Two time World Champion Alex Chumpy Pullin and world number two ranked Jarryd Hughes failed to fire in the rainy conditions at Extreme Park on Day 11 of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Both were bundled out of their respective quarter-finals as Cam Bolton progressed in style to the semi-finals before his luck ran out and he was taken down while in a qualifying position for the medal race.

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Boardercross boys reflect on tough day

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au 

Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin and Cam Bolton talk about a tough day in Snowboard Cross. Pullin was eliminated in the quarter finals while Bolton made the semis but injured his wrist in a crash.

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Belle Brockhoff Olympics Review

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

As the Sochi Olympics race towards the Closing Ceremony olympics.com.au will be speaking with Aussie athletes about their favourite experiences. First up is Snowboard Cross star Belle Brockhoff.

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Giant Slalom tests Aussie trio

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Matt Bartolo

ALPINE – GIANT SLALOM: After an opening week of Sochi sunshine Aussie trio Lavinia Chrystal, Greta Small and Emily Bamford had to deal with snow, fog and heavy rain as they finished 40th, 41st and 50th in the Women’s Giant Slalom.

Competing in their debut Olympic event Chrystal and Bamford performed well above their rankings while five-event young gun Small also was above her projected finish.

Chrystal finished the two run format with a combined time of 2:48.57, 11.7 seconds off Slovenia’s Tina Maze.

Small was a further 1.09 seconds behind her teammate while Bamford sat 18.93 seconds behind the Gold medalist. 

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Brother and sister Lyndon and Amy Sheehan have both qualified for the Ski Halfpipe at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but they're competing for different countries.

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PREVIEW: Sheehan to make a splash in Sochi

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Peter Henrys

FREESTYLE – SKI HALFPIPE: As a kid Amy Sheehan spent much of her time in Byron Bay’s surf but now she is about to make her Olympic debut riding the crest of another wave.

The popular 27-year-old Olympic debutant has enjoyed by far the best period of her career in the last six weeks, with back-to-back World Cup podium finishes, which has left no doubt that she has arrived as one of the world’s best Halfpipe skiers.

With three of her four World Cup starts this season being top 10 finishes (two thirds, a 14th and an eighth) her career has selected another gear, blossoming to a level that she would not have predicted 12 months ago.

Much of the purple patch has been masterminded by coach and fiancé Chris Boghakian, who has provided technical and strategic advice, which has repaid the US-based Australian in bucketloads, and has gradually increased the momentum of her career since the end of last year.

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SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 10

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 10

18/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1624511
 

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 10            February 18, 2014

 
   

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David Morris wins silver in the men's Aerials

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Author Emily Groves

FREESTYLE – AERIALS: Australian Freestyle skier David Morris has won a silver medal in the men’s Aerials at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Monday.

The dual Olympian was the first to jump in the super-final, doing a double-Full Full-Full (quad twisting somersault) to score 110.41.

“I was up there thinking this is the furthest I’ve ever got in the Olympic format before so I’m just going to throw it down and see what happens... and we got this!”

While he remained cool and focused under pressure, upon completion of the jump Morris fell to the ground in elation as his family in the stands erupted in celebration.

“I thought that was a spectacular super final and it was a privilege to be a part of that.”

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Aerial Skiier David Morris completes the jump of his life to take silver for Australia in the men's event. (Courtesy Network Ten)

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Family and friends celebrate David Morris's silver

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

FREESTYLE - AERIALS: Women’s bronze medallist Lydia Lassila was exhilarated for her training partner, David Morris, saying she was like a gorilla in a cage banging the signage and cheering when he won silver in the men's event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Monday.

“I’m ecstatic for Dave. We train a lot together and feed each other energy and encouragement and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

“He’s such a great guy and he jumped his heart out tonight and he had a perfect performance.

“I know how he can jump and I knew if he had a great night he was going to get to that super-final and have a great performance. I’ve always had faith in Dave I’ve believed in him from the very beginning and he proved it tonight. He’s a legend, he’s been our only male competitor for a really long time, decades in fact. 

“To have two aerial skiing medals. We are delivering and really we’ve been delivering year after year since Salt Lake City (2002) and it’s time to get us some facilities at home, what do you think?”

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Men's Snowboard Cross postponed due to fog

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Author Emily Groves

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin, Jarryd Hughes and Cam Bolton will have to wait another day to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, after bad weather forced the men's Snowboard Cross competition to be cancelled for the day.

Games organisers have rescheduled the event to start at 10.30am (5.30pm AEDT) on Tuesday. The format will be reduced to not include the two seeding runs. The competition will now begin with the 1/8 final at 10:30 with athletes seeded according to their FIS points. Australian focussed head-to-head preview here>>>

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park was blanketed in a thick white fog all morning. The finish line has now become visible, but the top of the course is still shrouded.

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Courtesy FIS 

SBX head-to-head preview

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Andrew Reid

SNOWBOARD-CROSS: Racing was postponed on Monday for the men's Snowboard Cross competition due to heavy fog impacting visibility on the course. Racing has been rescheduled untilTuesday morning at 1030am (530pm AEDT). It will be a reduced format with no seeding runs.

The draw for the 1/8 Finals is based on FIS points. Alex Pullin will race in heat 1, Jarryd Hughes in heat 6 and Cam Bolton in the final race, heat 8. Each of their heats has five riders and the top three advance to the quarter-finals.

Here is a look at who the Aussies will race down the lightning fast course at Extreme Park.

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Torah Bright Medal Celebration

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au   

Snowboard: Torah Bright has now finished her final event in Sochi, and a medal celebration was held in her honor.

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SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 9

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 9

17/02/2014, Sochi, Snow Sports, Winter Olympics, Article # 1619266
 
   

SSA eNews Sochi Special - Day 9            February 17, 2014

 
   
     

Courtesy FIS

Brockhoff and Bright pushed to the limit

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Author Emily Groves

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Australian speed-demons Belle Brockhoff and Torah Bright have been pushed to the limit in the women’s Snowboard Cross event, full of thrills and spills.

After two rounds of seeding, Brockhoff and Bright drew each other in the quarter-finals. Not wanting to take out her teammate, Bright held back and was ultimately bundled out, coming fifth after a crash towards the end of the course.

"I made a pass and I was behind Belle and catching and on the last jump before turn five I was hauling," Bright said.

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Courtesy AOC

Unlucky Belle upbeat after Olympic debut

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au

Australian Belle Brockhoff talks after coming eighth in the Women's Snowboard Cross. Brockhoff was unlucky to miss the Big Final after crashing following a tussle with eventual silver medallist Dominique Maltais from Canada.

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PREVIEW: Three men with Snowboard Cross ambitions

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Author Peter Henrys

SNOWBOARD CROSS: Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin has indicated that the Snowboard Cross event will take on a battle ground atmosphere on Monday, with even more emphasis than usual on physical strength and extreme speed that will test the resolve of any faint–hearted rider.

Pullin, a dual World Champion who is likely to start Monday’s competition as the favourite to win gold, can’t wait for the action to begin. The Australian Team is incredibly strong with Pullin joined by current world number two Jarryd Hughes and recent X Games finalist Cam Bolton.

Speaking after a training session just days from the event that has the potential to propel him into Olympic history, Pullin was in awe of the course’s lightning speed, labelling it as having the potential to be “terrifying.”

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PREVIEW: Morris is sky high about Lassila

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au | Peter Henrys

FREESTYLE – AERIAL SKIING: David Morris is feeding off the inspiration from Lydia Lassila’s bronze medal performance to prepare for the men’s aerial skiing event at Sochi’s Extreme Park on Mondaynight (0:45am Tuesday AEDT).

The two-time Olympian is still in awe after Lassila’s ground-breaking full, double full, full – a quad twisting triple summersault – that saw her become the first woman in the history of the sport to use the jump in competition.

Morris said at the end of his final training session in Sochi that he is hoping to deliver a performance that will make Lassila “as proud of me as I am proud of her.”

“When I saw the jump she was doing- a full, double, full, full, I was pumped for her,” Morris said.

“I know how much that jump meant to her. Just to see her push the sport to a whole new level. That is such a big step up for female aerialists.

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Lydia Lassila medal celebration

Courtesy AOC | sochi2014.olympics.com.au   

FREESTYLE AERIALS: After collecting her Olympic bronze medal, Lydia Lassila headed back up to the mountains for a special celebration in her honour. At the celebration she spoke about her fantastic result and becoming the first female to ever perform full-double full-full, a quad twisting triple back somersault.

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