Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)/New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete Matt Graham has continued his impressive recent form by finishing third in today’s Moguls World Cup event in Tazawako, Japan.

Graham scored 83.05 in the six-man Super Final, to just finish behind runner-up, Canadian great Mikael Kingsbury, and winner Bradley Wilson, of the United States.

The result sees Graham consolidate second place on the World Cup standings behind Kingsbury.

Importantly, he has stretched his lead over third placed Philippe Marquis of Canada to 96 points, with just one event remaining, to be held in Moscow next weekend.

Following the final, Graham reflected on another great event.

“I am happy to come away with another podium; I felt like I skied really well today for the most part,” Graham said.

I made a slight error into the bottom air in my Super Final, so I am a little disappointed with that, because the rest of my run was really good and I could have been one or two steps higher, but you live and learn,” Graham added.

Head coach Steve Desovich was full of praise for the 21 year old Sochi Olympian.

“Matt had a superb day going today, with a marked performance increase in this morning’s training and qualification runs,” Desovich said.

“Matt had an excellent performance going in the Super Final, but then encountered a mishap going into the bottom jump which prevented him from a complete performance.”

“With time and diligence, I foresee Matt ultimately mastering three consecutive competition runs. It is rewarding to see him reap the benefits of all his hard work,” Desovich added.


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