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Set for Skis: Jack's Blog

30 November 2011
Jack Millar has been working hard in the gym and cleaning up at awards nights before heading to the snow in Austria for the final seven weeks of his Innsbruck 2012 preparations.

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.

Ski Jumper over Innsbruck

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.

Greta watching the Men’s Downhill at the World Junior Championships in Crans Montana Switzerland, February 2011. A few of these athletes are going to the YOG!

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.

Alex Gibson flies

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.

Australian alpine skier Greta Small met Innsbruck 2012 mascot Yoggl at the first World Cup for the season in Soelden, Austria.

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.

The photo from the Illawarra Mercury (insert) & a photo from the official Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Team Announcement in October.

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.

Thomas Waddell in the Thredbo Freeride Big Air competition in September 2011.

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.

Jack Millar in ski cross action.

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.

Melbourne alpine skier Harry Laidlaw in action.

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.