Competing under lights, Cox was pressing for a medal in the final round against the day’s other top five athletes. She was unable to land her second jump cleanly on the famous Deer Valley Champion Run however, which limited her scoring ability from the seven judges.
American Hannah Kearney gave the huge and vocal crowd something to cheer for by taking top honours ahead of Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva in second, while Canadian Maxime Dufour-Lapointe was third.
With her parents and brother among the crowd, Cox was impressive all day, with eighth place in the qualification session and fifth in the first final, which qualified her for one of the six super-final positions up for grabs.
While Cox led the Australian charge, fellow squad member Nicole Parks also experienced a day to be proud of when she ended the day in 11th, an equal personal best in World Cup competition.
In men’s results, teenager Matt Graham was the best Australian, finishing in eighth, four places higher than Dale Begg-Smith, who is planning to continue his comeback campaign, along with his six fellow squad members, in Lake Placid next Thursday Australian time.
Fellow Aussies Sam Hall was 27th, James Matheson was 38th and Brodie Summers was 47th, while Taylah-Paige O’Neill, who is in the early stages of her international career, was 19th, which lifts her world ranking to 30.
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