Beijing 2022: No medals for Australian boarder cross team

Australia's snowboard cross team will leave Beijing empty-handed with triple Olympian Cameron Bolton saying the Games could hardly have gone worse for the highly-rated squad.

The Australians arrived for the 2022 Olympics full of confidence with Belle Brockhoff ranked fourth in the world.

She and Jarryd Hughes were also reigning world champions in the mixed team event.

PyeongChang silver medallist Hughes was looking to add to his individual haul, while fellow triple Olympian Bolton won a World Cup bronze just last month.

However they struggled to make an impact and Bolton said the team was shattered by their results.

"I don't think that this Olympics could have gone worse for the boarder cross team," the 31-year-old said.

"Belle did well to come fourth in the individual but just about everything else that could have gone wrong has gone wrong.

"In a sport with so many variables and ever-changing conditions, other riders on the track; unfortunately this was a case where almost everything went against us and we weren't able to find a way through and find a way to get a medal or success.

"It's a shame because the team can show so much more and achieve incredible success as we've shown over the past four to eight years.

"As disappointing as it is we'll all be looking to bounce back."

Hughes, who had ankle surgery three months ago, was sadly out of form, finishing 28th from 32 entries in qualifying and then joining Adam Lambert and Adam Dickson in making first-round exits.

Bolton qualified eighth fastest and then won his 1/8 final before being over-run in the quarters.

Brockhoff had a shocker in women's qualification but showed her fight to claw her way all the way in to the final only to finish out of the medals in fourth.

In the mixed teams event, Josie Baff and Brockhoff both crashed out in the quarter-finals.

Compounding the misery Brockhoff, 29, was taken to hospital after complaining of neck soreness, before being cleared of serious injury.

Lambert described the Beijing performances as "missed opportunities".

"Every result that's not a podium is a missed opportunity but it's hard," the 26-year-old said.

"Every athlete is our own biggest critic and we're all feeling it but there's nothing we can do now. We'll rally and come back stronger for the next one."

Bolton said the team had shown enough outside of this Olympic competition to deserve continued government funding.