Day 2, live updates, news, Jakara Anthony wins gold in moguls, results, Aussies in action, Tess Coady bronze
Jakara Anthony capped off Australia’s greatest ever day at the Winter Olympics with the nation’s sixth ever gold medal, hours after Tess Coady claimed a brilliant bronze.
The 23-year-old totally dominated the women’s moguls competition, recording the top score in qualifying and then all three finals. Her 83.09 in the super-final was three points clear of the silver medallist.
Anthony follows Steven Bradbury (2002), Alisa Camplin (2002), Dale Begg-Smith (2006), Torah Bright (2010) and Lydia Lassila (2010) as Australian olympic gold medallists.
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With Coady claiming bronze in the women’s snowboard slopestyle earlier on Sunday, for the first time in history Australia won two Winter Olympic medals on the same day.
Anthony’s compatriots, four-time Olympian Britt Cox and debutant Sophie Ash, were eliminated in the first stage of the final.
Ash was below her qualifying level in the first final, recording a 70.47 to sit fifth with eight of 20 skiiers having completed their runs.
“She knows she was really close to laying down a very good one,” commentator Alister Nicholson said on Seven.
Former Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe had a nasty crash in the first final just before Britt Cox’s run.
The 12th starter, Cox recorded a 73.04 to sit sixth and on the fringes of the second final, but she had to wait for the eight best qualifiers to see how many would pass her.
Ash was soon eliminated.
The real medal threats came in the last five starters, with 17-year-old Japanese Anri Kawamura blitzing the competition with an 80.72 – more than five points better than second.
American Olivia Giaccio then joined her at the top of the pile with a 78.37, before compatriot Jaelin Kauf sped her way to a 79.32.
That put Cox in 12th with two skiiers left including Anthony, and Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont’s 79.86 officially eliminated the four-time Olympian.
Left as the only Aussie in the competition, Anthony copied her feat from qualifying, setting the best score of all skiiers with an 81.91.
“Her big advantage is her air. She is scoring at least one point higher than the rest of the competition in her air, and she’s close to equal fastest. Just needs to clean up the turn points just a fraction,” Dirk Nannes explained on Seven.
Midway through the second final, Canadian Sofiane Gagnon joined her compatriot Justine Dufour-Lapointe in crashing out, before two women in a row – reigning bronze medallist Yuliya Galysheva and American Kai Owens – lost it late in their runs.
With three of the 12 competitors failing to post a competitive score, Anthony was left needing to better 75.16 to make the super final – which she had done easily in her two previous runs in Beijing.
Her score of 81.29 was once again the best of everyone, allowing her to start last in the medal decider.
The opening runs of the super final by Olivia Giaccio (75.61), Perrine Laffont (77.36) and Anastasiia Smirnova (77.72) weren’t quite at the level of the best scores seen during the Games, leaving the podium open.
Anri Kawamura’s 77.12 was surprisingly low but again no woman had reached the 80s, as Anthony did in all three of her previous runs.
The lightning-fast American Jaelin Kauf moved into pole position with 80.28, but Anthony just needed to match her best from previous rounds for gold.
A brilliant 83.09 secured it.
Anthony just missed out on a podium finish at PyeongChang 2018, settling for fourth place in what was the best performance by an Australian female mogul skier in history.
COADY’S FOUR-YEAR REVENGE TOUR COMPLETE WITH BRONZE
Australian Tess Coady secured the bronze medal, our first in Beijing, in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final after an epic third run.
Coady made a strong start, going for a big run first up and putting it all on the line, including a double cork 900, scoring 82.68 from the judges to lead the final.
The 21-year-old could not land the final jump on the second run, sliding down the slope after attempting a frontside double cork 1080 indy.
Having watched many of her competitors fall — including Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott — Coady was clean on her third and final run, ending it with a perfect frontside double cork 1080.
While she improved on her score from the first run, posting 84.15 after a series of aerial tricks that had to be seen to be believed, it wasn’t enough to unseat the top two of American Julia Marino (87.68) or Sadowski-Synnott.
And with the final run of the event, Sadowski-Synnott pulled out all the stops as she scored 92.88 to take the gold medal, with Coady and Marino running over and tackling her to the ground in celebration
Coady’s bronze represents a remarkable turnaround for the young ace, whose last shot at the Olympics ended in heartbreaking fashion after she tore her ACL in a practice run.
Speaking after receiving her bronze medal, Coady was almost at a loss for words to describe how it all felt.
“That was wild and so insane,” Coady told Channel 7.
“I’m dying. That was so insane.
“That was… I have so many words.”
Coady managed to articulate herself enough to describe her mentality when going into the run, given all of the heartbreak from four years ago.
“Making it to the finals is always a win in my book and last night, you know, I was chatting to a friend and he said to me that, like I finally turned my ticket to freedom with the last four years and I really just took that mentality today,” Coady said.
“I’m just going to send it, nothing to lose.
“Like, I came back, I got my redemption yesterday and today I wanted to, like, have the best time, enjoy it the most, and just send it.
“That’s all I wanted to do.”
It’s been an incredible journey for Coady, given the ACL heartbreak at the last Olympics.
For the 21-year-old, simply watching her competitors get better meant the fire in the belly burned hotter than ever.
“It’s crazy doing this kind of tour when you’re a teenager,” Coady said.
“It’s pretty easy to get, you know, to this big stage and think you’re a rock star and that kind of happened.
“I just became complacent and stopped working hard.
“And yeah, that was totally the kick up the a**e that I needed to just to get to work and in that whole year I saw everyone getting so much better than me.
“When I got back to the snow, there was no excuses for me.
“I have to work my a**e off and, you know, send it.”
However Coady’s teammate Matt Cox is out of the men’s snowboard slopestyle after crashing on his second qualifying run.
With the top 12 riders advancing into the final, Cox sat 22nd after his first run, and a late crash cost him any chance of moving up the standings.
AUSSIE CURLERS GET TO PLAY ON… AND WIN TWICE
Australian curling duo Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt have delivered the country’s first ever Olympic win, upsetting Switzerland’s former world champion pair.
Leading 8-6 going into the final end, they held off a late challenge to prevail and move to 1-7 for the tournament.
In their final match against Canada the Aussies led 8-4 with two ends left but coughed it up, being forced into extras. Gill and Hewitt recovered to claim the match 10-8.
They played despite Gill testing positive to Covid earlier today, based on a historic positive. READ MORE
AUSSIES IN ACTION (ALL TIMES IN AEDT)
Matt Cox (Men’s Slopestyle)
3:30pm | Qualification Run 1
4:33pm | Qualification Run 2
Phillip Bellingham, Seve De Campo (Men’s 30km Skiathlon)
6:00pm | Final
Jakara Anthony, Britt Cox, Sophie Ash (Women’s Moguls)
9:00pm | Qualifying 2 (Sophie Ash only)
10:30pm | Final 1
11:05 p.m. | ending 2
11:40 p.m. | ending 3
Alex Ferlazzo (Men’s Singles)
10:30pm | Run 1
12:15am | Run 2
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