Fox on the Seu course
Fox claims C1 title and K1 silver in first Pyrenees Cup.
Silver medallist Jessica Fox has made a strong start to her European tour, winning the C1 event at the opening leg of the Pyrenees Cup in Spain.
Fox also finished second in the K1 event, the race in which she won silver at last year's London Olympics.
18-year-old Fox qualified second through the semi finals of the C1, but then showed nerves of steel in tough wintry conditions to snatch top spot.
With snow falling on the surrounding hills overnight, athletes woke to tough conditions for the final of the first round of the Pyrenees Cup in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain.
Jess Fox moved into the final despite four seconds of penalties in the semi final. The Australian then produced a clean run to finish second in 99.94 just 0.08 seconds behind Meritxell Rodriguez of Spain.
"I was happy to finish with a clean run in the K1 final. There are a few things I need to work on before the World Cup here in July but overall I am pleased with my performance in the conditions and it's always good to be close to the Spanish in Seu"
Fox followed up her K1 final with a win in the C1 event where she was closely challenged by Nuria Viarrubla of Spain. Fox finished her run strongly to post a final score of 108.22, a second ahead of the Spaniard.
"I had to work very hard to make up time on the bottom section because I lost a little time on the top, I knew it would be a tough final race because Nuria has been in great form this weekend and makes very few mistakes.
It's really good to have such close competition here in the C1 class, the standard is definitely rising, despite the tough conditions, it was great to race here and against the Spanish on their home course.
The Pyrenees Cup moves to France and continues with round 2 in Foix on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by Pau next weekend.