Townsville teenager Alex Ferlazzo looks set to realise an unlikely dream in January, as he closes in on selection for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympics.
I leave Australia this week and I am getting so pumped. Not too excited abut the long plane trip but it will definitely be worth it.
Today marks 50 days until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) in Innsbruck and Australia’s athletes are stepping up their preparations all around the world.
The northern hemisphere racing season has officially started. My first races of the season were last week in Switzerland. The piste was super icy and the field of competitors was really strong. Overall, I am happy with my skiing and can really see my improvements from last year as I have now moved into the next level of racing.
I’d just like to start with saying how happy and proud I am to represent Australia in the first ever Winter Youth Olympics. I would also like to thank all my coaches who have helped me take this path including Keith Jephcott, Jean-Claude Legras and Finn Marsland. My parents have also played a huge part in getting me here which I am really grateful for.
The atmosphere at the World Cup races is always so electric. To think that I could be competing there next year against my role model Lindsey Vonn just blows my mind away.
Overall I am very excited to go and can’t wait to see what is happening in the northern season in the next month. I keep thinking about the experiences which I have received through my selection for the Youth Winter Olympic Games and just want to get over there and train.
Australia will be represented in ski halfpipe at the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games after receiving a quote place in the sport this week.
For Wollongong teenager Jack Millar, the chance to go to Innsbruck as part of the 2012 Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team is the culmination of years of hard work and a dream come true.
It is unusual for a teenage boy from Melbourne with talent as an AFL player to chase a dream in another sport. When that sport is skiing and that decision, plus years of hard sacrifice, leads to selection on the first Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team it is fantastic for Harry Laidlaw and a small win for Olympic and winter sports.