Belle Brockhoff

After a stellar 2016-2017 season that saw Belle Brockhoff finish as the third ranked athlete in the world, the 25-year-old contested her second Olympics at the PyeongChang 2018 Games without an ACL. Brockhoff took on her second Olympic competition finishing eleventh in the women's Snowboard Cross finals at Phoenix Snow Park less than two months after undergoing serious knee surgery.

Despite crashing in the semi-final, the dual Olympian dusted herself off and made her way back to the top of the mountain to compete in the event's Small Final (a ranking round for athletes placed seventh to 12th).

After first hitting the slopes at age 3, Brockhoff took up snowboarding at the age of 10.  Just three weeks after first trying the sport, Belle won her first interschool nationals title.  Eleven years later, the then 21-year-old made her Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games.

The Victorian Snowboard Cross specialist looked certain to advance to the medal round before making contact with Canada's Dominique Maltais and crashing out of her semi-final. Brockhoff was comfortably in the top three places after making a strong start, but described the incident with Maltais as "just part of racing." Brockhoff became the highest ranked boardercross Australian athlete in Sochi after she finished second in the consolation final, giving her eighth place overall.

The Victorian made history at the final event of the 2016 season in Baqueira Beret, Spain by becoming the first Australian female to win a Snowboard Cross World Cup. Her consistency carried into 2016-2017 season where she won three World Cup medals (two gold and one silver). While preparing for the 2017 World Championships in Spain, Brockhoff crashed and tore her ACL, ending her season and costing her the world number 1 ranking. However, even after missing the World Championships and final World Cup event, Brockhoff still ended the season ranked third overall.

Brockhoff’s uncle, Peter Brockhoff competed in Alpine Skiing at the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics, her grandfather Harold Brockhoff was one of the original pioneers of Mt Buller and her great aunt, Joyce Brockhoff has a run named in her honour at Mt Hotham in recognition of her work promoting the place of women in snow sports.

Olympic Results

2018 PyeongChang

Snowboard Cross - Women
Qualification 1:20.34 Q 10
Quarterfinal Q 3
Semifinal Q Small Final DNF
Small Final 5
Final Placing 11 / 26

2014 Sochi

Snowboard Cross - Women
Seeding 1:23.22 6
Quarterfinal 2 Q
Semifinal 5 QSF
Small Final 2 8
Final Placing 8 / 24