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Big few days for Aussies in winter sports

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Glenn Cullen

Australia's next generation of winter athletes have shown their Olympic bona fides, winning six World Cup medals in an outstanding weekend of results in the northern hemisphere.

There was no Lydia Lassila or Torah Bright but it mattered little as the aerial skiing team and snowboard cross competitors delivered two gold medals, a silver and three bronze.

Danielle Scott sealed a superb weekend with aerial skiing gold in Beida Lake, China, adding to her silver medal from the first event of the double-header.

Samantha Wells grabbed bronze on the second day of competition as Australia also took bronze in the team's event.

In Austria, Belle Brockhoff captured her second World Cup event win in snowboard cross with two-time world champion Alex "Chumpy" Pullin grabbing third for the men.

Close to medals were Jarryd Hughes (fourth in snowboard cross), Sochi Olympic silver medallist David Morris (fifth in aerial skiing) and snowboarder Scotty James (fourth in a US grand prix halfpipe event).

It marks an excellent start to the season for the Australian team.

Earlier this month Britt Cox claimed her first World Cup win in moguls with Matt Graham finishing second in the men's event.

Scott's dual individual medals have her ranked as equal world No.1.

"I have been so close to that yellow bib and it feels amazing to finally wear it," she said.

The country's depth in aerials doesn't end there with 2015 world champion Laura Peel still finding her way back to form after injury.

With Sochi Games medallists Lassila (aerial skiing) still training for her comeback and Bright (snowboard halfpipe) yet to figure in competition this season the signs are good for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics which are less than 14 months away.

Lassila is set to target the North American leg of the World Cup tour in January for her return as she aims to compete in a fifth Winter Olympics, targetting an Australian-first third Games medal.

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