Australian moguls star Jakara Anthony was just 19 years of age at the last Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but the way she’s developed since as a person and an athlete has her dreaming of gold in Beijing.
At the 2018 Games, Anthony came fourth and followed that performance up with a silver medal at the world championships in Utah a year later.
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Anthony has gone from strength to strength since and won two gold medals in the dual and individual moguls events at the World Cup at French resort Alpe d’Huez in December, proving why she is be one of the favourites at the Winter Olympics.
The 23-year-old still has a few World Cup events to compete in between now and the Olympics, but Anthony knows that her growth both on and off the slopes has undoubtedly boosted her Olympic medal hopes.
“I’ve done a lot of training since PyeongChang,” Anthony told SEN.
“I’ve developed a lot as an athlete and a person and I think I’m in a really strong position to go into these Games giving myself the opportunity to put down the runs that I know I can.
“If I do that, I think everything else will take care of itself.”
Anthony will certainly be getting lots of practice in.
Between now and the Beijing Games, she will compete in four World Cup events followed by “another four or so after the Olympics”.
It’s a punishing season where Anthony travels from country to country every week.
However, it also gives her plenty of opportunities to see her direct rivals in action.
While Anthony is aware of her serious medal credentials, she knows just how difficult the field will be in Beijing.
In fact, it might be the toughest field in women’s moguls to date, according to the Aussie herself.
“The women’s field is actually so strong this year,” Anthony said.
“It’s developed such a long way since PyeongChang.
“There’s been a couple of rule changes in what jumps you’re allowed to do and that’s seen the women’s field progress so much.
“There’s so many girls that could contend for that top spot.
“It’s really hard to pick who would be your top competitors because there’s just so many right now.