Cox breaks into top 10

MOUNT Beauty Olympian ­Britteny Cox has stormed into the world top-10 moguls ­skiing rankings in Austria at the weekend after the second-best performance of her short career.

Cox, 18, finished fourth in the World Cup dual moguls skiing in Kreischberg in the second event of the Northern Hemisphere season.

She qualified 11th after the opening single qualifying round which earned her a place in the women’s dual moguls top 16.

Her fourth-placed finish means she is now ranked ninth in the world.

It’s a huge boost for the former The Scots School Albury student with the Winter ­Olympics in ­Russia just over a year away. 

Her father Graeme said his daughter was in career-best form.

“She’s doing particularly well at the moment,” he said.

“This is her second-best result.

“This is the qualifying period for the Winter Olympics so doing well now is pretty important.”

Cox defeated the experienced Nicola Sudova from the Czech Republic in the first round to ­advance to the quarter-final against Norway’s Hedvig Wessel. 

She won and met Heidi Kloser of the US in the semi-final but was unsuccessful. 

In the battle for third and fourth place Cox fell short against Justine Dufour-Lapointe from Canada.

Cox will now head to North America for further training and competition in World Cup events in Canada and the US.

In February she will return to Europe to compete in the Sochi test event for the Winter Olympic Games before competing in the World Championships in Voss, Norway, in March.

Dual moguls is a non-Olympic event but Cox’s form augurs well for the regular moguls World Cup season which begins next month.

Cox already has a World Cup podium finish and represented Australia aged 15 at the 2010 Winter Olympics.