Mount Beauty's Britt Cox claims 16th World Cup medal in opener

PODIUM PERFORMANCE: Mount Beauty's Britt Cox celebrates after claiming bronze in the World Cup opener in Finland. Picture: CHRIS HOCKING
PODIUM PERFORMANCE: Mount Beauty's Britt Cox celebrates after claiming bronze in the World Cup opener in Finland. Picture: CHRIS HOCKING

Mount Beauty export Britt Cox has become Australia's most successful women's mogul skier after capturing bronze in the FIS season opener in Ruka, Finland.

The three-time Olympian qualified fourth for the final where she came third with a 77.78 in the field of 12.

She won her 16th World Cup medal (nine gold, one silver, six bronze) with a 78.29 in the second final after the field was cut to six skiers.

"It feels so amazing, mogul skiing is my absolute passion," Cox said.

STRONG START: Britt Cox posted a score of 78.29 to win World Cup bronze in the women's moguls in Finland. Picture: CHRIS HOCKING

STRONG START: Britt Cox posted a score of 78.29 to win World Cup bronze in the women's moguls in Finland. Picture: CHRIS HOCKING

"It's been a pretty tough 18 months to get back to skiing how I wanted to ski, there's no other secret I think than hard work and showing up at training with the intention to give your best and just remembering why you do it.

"I do it because I love skiing. Every morning I wake up I'm grateful I get to do this as my job."

France's Perrine Laffont took gold and Japan's Anri Kawamura won silver at the event, while fellow Australian Jakara Anthony also qualified for the final and finished in fifth place.

Australia's PyeongChang silver medallist, Matt Graham, qualified third for the men's moguls finals and finished the event in ninth place.

The Australian team will now travel to China for training before the Thaiwoo World Cup on December 14.

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