Australia’s best mogul skiers will defend the nation’s pride against an onslaught of top international athletes in the 2016 ABOM Mogul Challenge this Saturday September 3 at Mt Buller.
One of Australia’s most iconic and longest running events, the ABOM Mogul Challenge will deliver spectacular dual mogul action, with one of the strongest fields expected in the event’s history.
Current world number two and five-time ABOM Mogul Challenge winner Matt Graham will lead the Australian charge against conteders from Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, Korea and the USA. Graham is coming fresh from an outstanding 2015-2016 World Cup season for Australia where he won his first ever World Cup event and was crowned Australian snow sports athlete of the year.
Other leading Australian athletes include two time Olympian and World Championship medallist Britt Cox with past ABOM champions Nicole Parks and Brodie Summers also expected to feature prominently.
The 2016 ABOM Mogul Challenge will take place on the Chamois ski run located in the heart of the Mt Buller Village, an ideal venue for spectators. The event will run in the dual moguls format, where athletes compete against each other side-by-side down a 200m long course featuring two table top jumps.
Competitors will be battling it out for $8000 in prize money along with the honour of etching their name into ABOM Mogul’s history. Past winners have included some of the all-time legends of the sport, including the last three Olympic Champions in the men’s event: 2010 & 2014 Olympic Champion Alexandre Bilodeau (CAN) and 2006 Olympic Champion Dale Begg-Smith (AUS).
Younger athletes are also encouraged to compete in the Junior (19 & under) and Youth (13 & under) categories where divisional winners compete for trophies and goggles from event sponsor Bolle.
The ABOM Mogul Challenge is sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) with results contributing to World Rankings and National team selections.
Once again the crew from The ABOM Hotel will be keeping the crowd fed and refreshed with a BBQ and beers at the bottom of the course. The official event party commences 8.30pm at Moosehead Bar at The ABOM, celebrating a spectacular day of competition with local DJ Buddha on the decks.
For more information, visit www.abommogulchallenge.com