ANTON GRIMUS and Belle Brockhoff kept their family names up in lights and have given Australia an excellent start to the world cup ski and snowboard season with podium finishes over the weekend.
Brockhoff, niece of 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympian Peter, became the first Australian woman to win a snowboard cross world cup medal when she finished third in Montafon, Austria, on Friday.
The podium result for Brockhoff came from left field after just five World Cup starts to her name.
Grimus also finished third, in Nakiska, Canada, the 21-year-old former alpine racer making good on years of promise in the discipline of ski cross on Saturday.
He is also one of the better known names in the Victorian ski community, Anton the son of Mt Buller’s revered Hans Grimus, who is thought to be the longest continuous resident of an alpine resort in Australia.
In the men’s snowboard cross on Friday, Alex Pullin showed signs he is getting back to his best after a disappointing 2012 season.
The 2011 world cup title and world champion qualified for the final race and just finished out of the medals with a fourth place in Montafon, Austria.
The ski and snowboard world cup circuit moves to Telluride, Colorado this week, as riders look to continue to log results which could ultimately help with qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Also on Friday slider Michelle Steele produced the best result of her season to finish in fifth place at the skeleton World Cup in Winterberg, Germany.
By Glenn Cullen