Matt Graham claims silver in men’s moguls in PyeongChang

Australian mogul skier Matt Graham takes part in a training run ahead of the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at Phoenix Snow Park, in PyeongChang, South Korea, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

The men’s moguls threw down a challenge to the world’s best in PyeongChang, with Australia’s Matt Graham finishing in second place with a 82.57.

Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won gold with a score of 86.63. Matt took second place on the podium claiming silver and Japan’s Daichi Hara claimed bronze with a 82.19.

The men put it all on the line, pushing the limits, and the night was full of carnage as a number of skiers fell victim to the course.

Matt Graham flew through the first final in 24.89 seconds to score a 81.39. The number three in the world then came fourth in the second final to secure his place in the super final with a score of 80.01.

In a hard fought final, Matt had a near perfect run, clearing both jumps with a clean run that was fit for a gold medal.

Matt’s silver medal is the first on the tally for Australia in PyeongChang.

Fellow Australian James Matheson had a nervous wait to qualify for the first final, scraping through in 10th place. He was then bumped out of qualifying for the second final with a score of 75.98 placing him just outside qualifying.

Australia was represented in the event with Matt GrahamJames Matheson and Rohan Chapman-Davies. Unfortunately Brodie Summers did not compete after withdrawing due to a knee injury.

Rohan missed out on qualifying for the first finals, exiting the event with a score of 73.96.

More details to come from SnowsBest on the ground in PyeongChang.

Kate Webster is an editor and travel journalist – writer and photographer – who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.


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