Aussies make Winter Olympics history in staggering 86-year first

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Jakara Anthony and Tess Coady, pictured here after giving Australia its first multi-medal day in Winter Olympics history.
Jakara Anthony and Tess Coady have given Australia its first multi-medal day in Winter Olympics history. Image: Getty

Australia has won two medals in a single day for the first time in Winter Olympics history, with Jakara Anthony capping off our best-ever day with gold in the moguls.

Anthony has taken women's moguls into a new league after crushing the competition to end Australia's 12-year Winter Olympics gold-medal drought on Sunday night.

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The 23-year-old led the two-day competition through every round and then scored 83.09 points to comfortably win the six-woman super final to earn gold.

After finishing fourth on her Olympic debut four years ago in PyeongChang, Anthony identified the air component as the weakness in the women's competition.

In Beijing she was the only skier - and the first women in Olympic competition - to include a 'cork 720 mute' jump, with the higher degree of difficulty giving her an edge on her rivals.

She completed the jump around 2000 times in practice at the newly-built water ramp training facility in Brisbane before using it in her competition run.

"My top air jump is called a cork 720 mute," she said, explaining that the cork is the off-axis rotation, 720 is two rotations and the mute is the way she grabbed her skis.

"I started competing that just the season.

"That's my highest degree of difficulty and it's pretty special and I think I might be the first girl at the Olympics to have competed one so that's pretty special.

"The women's aerial packages have progressed so much since PyeongChang - it's like night and day - and I will definitely be looking to continue to progress my own and keep pushing everyone else."

Jakara Anthony, pictured here after becoming Australia's sixth gold medallist in Winter Olympics history.
Jakara Anthony became Australia's sixth gold medallist in Winter Olympics history. Image: Getty

Aussies make history in 86-year first at Winter Olympics

After Tess Coady won bronze in the women's slopestyle earlier on Sunday, Anthony's gold gave Australia its first multi-medal day since first competing at the Winter Olympics in 1936.

"To have gone number one in every round is incredible. I know that I'm capable of skiing like that and I was able to let myself do that and something I take a lot of pride in," Anthony said.

"When I crossed the line I was like, whatever happens now I'm totally content with because I was so happy with that run.

"It was truly my best run on the course and I was really proud of it.

"I thought I'd done enough (to win gold) and if anyone had beaten that run I would have been so stoked for them because it would have been a phenomenal run."

Tess Coady, pictured here on the podium after winning bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle.
Tess Coady celebrates on the podium after winning bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Anthony said she couldn't wait to celebrate with her Coady after their historic feat.

"I'm so stoked for Tess - I was trying not to get too caught up in the hype because I had my own competition but I will definitely be hanging out with her," he said.

The 21-year-old Coady claimed Australia's first medal of the Beijing Olympics in an event won by her close friend Zoi Sadowski Synnott, who became the first New Zealander to top the podium at a Winter Games.

Coady and American silver medallist Julia Marino spontaneously piled on top of the Sydney-born Sadowski Synnott after she finished her spectacular final run which earned the Kiwi a stunning 92.88 points.

Coady recorded her best score of 84.15 in her third and final run of the final, while Marino's top score was 87.68.

AUSTRALIA'S WINTER OLYMPICS GOLD MEDALLISTS

  • Steven Bradbury - men's 1000m short track speed skating (2002 Salt Lake City)

  • Alisa Camplin - women's aerials (2002 Salt Lake City)

  • Dale Begg-Smith - men's moguls (2006 Turin)

  • Torah Bright - women's snowboard halfpipe (2010 Vancouver)

  • Lydia Lassila - women's aerials (2010 Vancouver)

  • Jakara Anthony - women's moguls (2022 Beijing)

with AAP

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