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Chantelle Kerry of Australia performs in the Ladies Free Figure Skating during the Winter Youth Olympic Games on January 17, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria.

One of the most anticipated events of the Games for the Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team was Chantelle Kerry’s figure skating long program. Kerry had chosen music from the film Alice in Wonderland and had been showing off the outfit her mum and grandmother made for her around the Youth Olympic Village. After watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory as part of her pre-performance ritual, 15-year-old Kerry was ready to take to the ice in Innsbruck.

Alex Gibson in the start gate for his first cross country race at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Gibson has found a sport that he loves in cross country. And when you find something you love, you are not afraid to fight for it.

Lucy Glanville in the start gate at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics.

Seventeen-year-old Lucy Glanville from Sydney’s Blakehurst has realised her dream of representing Australia. The PLC Sydney Year 12 student has finished her first race at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Glanville raced in the 5km classic cross country event in front of hundreds of vocal supporters at Innsbruck’s Seefeld Arena.

Sharnita Crompton powering in the agility skating component of the Skills Challenge at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Sharnita Crompton has produced the outstanding performance for Australia at the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Day four, by qualifying fifth for the Ice Hockey Skills Challenge Final.

Biathlete Lachlan Porter races down the finish line at the end of the 10km pursuit.

Just twenty-four hours after the race of his life, biathlete Lachlan Porter was back in action at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Cross Country skiing athlete Alex Gibson at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

When Victorian Alexander Gibson launches into his first day of racing at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria, the weather in his home suburb of Ivanhoe will touch on 35 degrees Celsius. Today at his last stint of training at Innsbruck’s Seefeld Arena, the frosty barometer read minus 21.

Sharnita Crompton and Sam Hodic look at the Olympiaworld rink in Innsbruck where they will contest the Ice Hockey Skills Challenge at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

There are several new events at the Innsbruck Winter Youth Olympic Games that will be on the programme for Sochi 2014. And there are some variations on traditional events that will add another dimension to the exciting competition.

Super Sunday: Daily Wrap

16 January 2012
Snowboarder Alex Fitch finishes fourth in the snowboard halfpipe.

The day dubbed "Super Sunday" for the Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team saw 7 of our 13 athletes competing. It did not disappoint, with Alex Fitch just missing the podium.

Winter Youth Olympic figure skater Chantelle Kerry and her mum and coach Monica MacDonald who competed at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and Chef de Mission and dual Olympic medalist Alisa Camplin.

Chantelle Kerry glided onto the ice for her first figure skating performance at the Winter Youth Olympic Games and her smile lit up the Olympiaworld rink.

Thomas Waddell in the men's halfpipe qualification round at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Sixteen-year-old Thomas Waddell from the NSW Snowy Mountains today put in a fine performance in the men’s ski halfpipe final to finish 11th.