It was an overcast start to (what was meant to be) the final day of preliminary rounds. Due to technical difficulties during the jump event the over 35 women slalom preliminary round, with Mel Collins, is moved to tomorrow (Saturday).
In the over 45 mens trick this morning Mark Louder stood up both his passes but unfortunately a few of his tricks were scrubbed by the judges, in the end scoring 1550. This put him only 300 points out of the finals and he ended up with 9th.
The over 35 mens jump had the Rocketman Scot Ellis as the top seed and he didn’t disappoint, launching 61.5 metres on the lower 1.65 metre ramp. This well and truly gave him 1st spot going into the finals.
Graham Ashcroft was coming off a shaky familiarisation before the tournament, where he took a bit of a crash (out the front). This didn’t worry him one bit as he broke Mark Louder’s Australian over 45 men jump record with a jump of 42.4 metres! This gave us our 3rd Aussie into the finals on the weekend and he sits in 6th spot.
The ever exciting over 35 mens slalom had three Australians in it with Martin Ayles first off the dock. The nerves did get to Ayles a bit and he took a fall around 3 buoy on his first pass. Darryl Shorten had better luck getting 2.5@16m, a great effort for his first international tournament. Australian record holder Peter Cornale ran 12m and got firstname.lastname@example.org. American Mike McCormick equalled this and it was looking like it was going to be a run off for the last spot in the finals. As the Australians all looked on anxiously it wasn’t to be as Scot Ellis snatched that last spot in the finals with email@example.com.
This is where things start to get interesting moving into the finals (with the exception of Mel Collins who skis her first round tomorrow). These +35 Worlds finals are new and uncharted territory for the Australians but I have no doubt they will not disappoint.
Mel Collins will be skiing her first round tomorrow morning (Sunday 1am AEDT) followed by Sue Crisp tricking in the over 55 women final. After lunch Mark Louder and Graham Ashcroft will be looking to improve on there records in the over 55 and over 45 mens jump respectively. Our last Aussie skiing in Saturday’s finals will be Sue Crisp slaloming in the over 55 women final.
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