AOC congratulates Australian winter sport on outstanding World Cup season

Published Thu 28 Mar 2024

Courtesy AOC

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has congratulated Australia’s winter athletes and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) on a record-breaking 2023-2024 World Cup season across winter sport.

The World Cup season saw Australian athletes clinch an unprecedented 50 World Cup medals (18 gold, 16 silver, 16 bronze), shattering the previous record of 35 medals set during the 2016-2017 season.

Olympic champion Jakara Anthony claimed the record for most ever wins in a season for a mogul skier, claiming gold in 14 of the 16 events and securing the World Cup Champion Crystal Globe for moguls, dual moguls and overall. 

Aerial skier Danielle Scott claimed her second World Cup Champion Crystal Globe in as many years, while teen snowboard prodigy Valentino Guseli secured the overall park and pipe Crystal Globe which combines an athlete’s results from halfpipe, big air and slopestyle.

2022 Winter Olympian Bree Walker recorded Australia’s first bobsleigh World Cup gold medal, while Louis Muhlen-Schulte created history becoming the first Australian male to finish in the top-30 in a World Cup giant slalom race.

Speed skater Brendan Corey became the first Australian to win a World Championship medal since 1994 with a bronze in the 1500m distance, while Snowboard Cross athletes Cameron Bolton and Josie Baff wrapped up their seasons ranked third and fourth in the world, respectively.

AOC President Ian Chesterman applauded the athletes on their performance.

“Congratulations to each of the athletes, the coaches, support staff and the teams at OWIA, Snow Australia, Australian Ice Racing and Sliding Sports Australia who have contributed to this achievement.”

"It speaks volumes about the strength of the winter sport pathway programs and the depth of talent we have here in Australia.

"With the 2026 Milano-Cortina Olympic Games fewer than two years away, our winter sports athletes are in fantastic form, and I look forward to seeing them continue to shine on the world stage," Mr Chesterman concluded.

OWIA CEO Geoff Lipshut paid tribute to the athletes, coaches and support staff on this history-making season.

“The spread of performances across the different winter sports and events is particularly pleasing,” Mr Lipshut said.

“This season was very much about each of the athletes pushing themselves and their personal bests, most got to the podium, and some were just short, like Alex Ferlazzo in luge, fifth at World Championships, Jakara Anthony’s amazing winning season, Bree Walker in bobsleigh and many others.”

“The results achieved this season are a credit to the efforts of the athletes, their coaches, support staff, families and National Federations who have all been there every step of the way.”