Britt Cox secures World Cup title and place in history
SKIING: Britt Cox has created history, becoming the first Australian female to win a Mogul Skiing World Cup title.
After victory in the single moguls during competition at Tazawako, Japan, the 22-year-old NSWIS skier went down in the round of 16 to Russian Marika Pertakhiya in the dual mogul event.
Fortunately for Cox, her closest rivals for the overall title, Perrine Laffont of France and Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, were also unable to progress to the later rounds of the event.
Cox now leads Laffont by 259 points, with only two events and a maximum of 200 points remaining in China next weekend.
Cox's outstanding season includes six World Cup gold medals from nine starts, which equals the record of fellow Aussie, Dale Begg-Smith, who won six World Cup events in his Olympic gold medal-winning year in 2006.
"Mogul skiing has been my passion ever since I was a little kid. I live and breathe moguls, so to find out this afternoon that I have won the crystal globe for mogul skiing feels incredible," she said.
"The job certainly is not done yet. We still have two more World Cups in China before the world championships in Spain.
"I am so grateful for the motivated and hard working support team I have around me."
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Mogul Skiing head coach Steve Desovich said he was "ecstatic".
"This is a very monumental achievement and so well deserved," he said. "Ultimately only the very best are able to stay consistent throughout a whole season and emerge victorious."