Fourth title the best for Cooper
Jacqui Cooper has completed a fairytale return to the top of aerial skiing by claiming an unprecedented fourth World Cup title.
The Australian sealed victory after taking out the final event of the season in Apex, Canada today.
It was Cooper's third win for the season, and 18th of her career, making her the greatest winner in the history of women's aerial skiing.
She is also the first woman to claim four World Cup titles, having previously won three straight crystal globes' between 1999 and 2001.
"This is by far the most rewarding globe for me," Cooper said.
"When I won the others I had so much higher degree of difficulty than the rest of the girls and it was just a matter of do the jump, land and you'll win.
"This time it has been much more competitive, and there's been much more pressure on me to perform.
"And the fact that is has taken so long to get back with the injuries, the time out of the sport and the disappointment of Turin - this is going down in the books as my favourite thing ever."
The three-time Olympian has recovered brilliantly from the disappointment of the 2006 Winter Games in Italy, where she set a world record 213.56 in qualifying but crash landed on both her jumps in the final to again be denied an Olympic medal.
Her victory today also capped a remarkable weekend for Australian winter sports.
Olympic moguls gold medallist Dale Begg-Smith also won in Apex, with Davina Williams collecting silver in skiing halfpipe.
Elsewhere, Andrew Burton made his first World Cup podium in Sungwoo, Korea, and Torah Bright won the snowboard halfpipe at the Nippon Open in Bandai, Japan.
Cooper posted a total score of 198.73 points to defeat Chinese aerialist Shuang Cheng (195.63) and her teammate Nina Li on (192.99).
The result gave the 34-year-old Mt Buller skier 475 points for the season, 55 clear of Li on 420, with Turin gold medallist Evelyne Leu in third place on 274 points.
"Everything worked really well today," Cooper said.
"My performance in training was just the best I've done in my lifetime. I was so happy with how my jumping was going I was really relaxed going into the event."
Cooper's Olympic Winter Institute teammate Liz Gardner was unlucky to miss the final by just one place, dragging a hand on her qualification jump. She finished in 11th place.
Cooper and Gardner will now compete in the World Freestyle Championships in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, on March 10.