Innsbruck 2012

Innsbruck 2012

Australian Team exceeds all expectations

Australia was reprsented by 13 outstanding athletes at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria from 13-22 January.

President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge said the first Winter Youth Olympic Games has ‘exceeded all expectations’ at the closing ceremony in downtown Innsbruck. The same can be said for the 2012 Australian Winter Youth Olympic Team.

Bronze medals to snowboarder Alex Fitch and ice hockey player Sharnita Crompton were Australia’s outstanding performances, backed up by an additional six top-ten finishes across five disciplines. All 13 athletes represented our country with distinction and gave their all against the world’s best winter junior specialists.

From Perth, Melbourne, the Snowy Region, Sydney, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane and Townsville our  15-17 year olds did Australia proud and gave their all. It’s not easy to compete against opponents who ski to school or have huge mountains on their doorstep yet our Australian athletes did just that.

In her first role as Chef de Mission of an Australian Team, Alisa Camplin was thrilled with what had been achieved in the stunning city which hosted its third Winter Olympic event. Young Ambassador for the Team Ramone Cooper did a sensational job of encouraging participation in the Culture & Education programme and at performing at their best in competition.

Greta Small represented Australia in the Opening Ceremony as flagbearer and Alex Fitch in the Closing Ceremony, to top off a wonderful 10 days where she also finished fourth in the halfpipe.

The AOC hopes all of the athletes keep training hard, learn from the experience and aim high for Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 20918. A huge thank you to all coaches, officials and support staff working across medical, media and athlete services. 

Innsbruck 2012 the experience

Austrian city Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice before (1964 and 1976). With an innovative twist it hosted the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012.

The ‘Sport + Media Experience’ was designed to inspire young people and encourage cross-cultural collaboration. By implementing a Culture and Education Programme based on new media platforms alongside youth-specific sporting disciplines, Innsbruck represented an extension of the IOC’s new direction in generating enthusiasm among young people to share Olympic values.

From 13 to 22 January 2012 approximately 1,000 athletes between the ages of 14-18 competed in a sporting programme based on the seven sports included in Vancouver 2010 - biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing. Additionally, team competitions involving mixed Nations and gender that were pioneered at the Games- such as mixed skip jumping and Short Track Nations Team Competition. New events such as Snowboard Slopestyle and women's ski jumping featured in Innsbruck as a preview to their inclusion for Sochi 2014.

Australian Medallists At The Games

Olympian Name Sport Medals
Sharnita Crompton Ice Hockey
1
Alex Fitch Snowboard
1

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AUS Results By Day

AUS Results By Day

Day 9 - Saturday 21 January

Alpine Skiing - Slalom
Harry Laidlaw - 17th, 1:24.56 (6.20s behind leader)

Day 8 - Friday 20 January

Alpine Skiing - Slalom
Greta Small - 7th, 1:24.24 (4.48s behind leader)

Day 7 - Thursday 19 January

Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom
Harry Laidlaw - DNF

Cross Country Skiing - Sprint
Lucy Glanville 31st, Alex Gibson 40th

Freestyle Skiing: Ski Cross Qualification
Harry Laidlaw 4th, Jack Millar 13th, Claudia Leggett 5th

Ice Hockey: Skills Challenge
Sharnita Crompton 3rd

Snowboard: Slopestyle
Alex Fitch 3rd

Day 6 - Wednesday 18 January

Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom
Greta Small - 13th

Day 5 - Tuesday 17 January

Cross Country - Classic (5km women, 10km men)
Lucy Glanville - 34th, 18:23.0 (4:05.0 behind first)
Alex Gibson - 44th, 38:20.4 (8:51.6 behind first)

Figure Skating - Ladies
Chantelle Kerry - 10th

Day 4 - Monday 16 January 

Biathlon - 7.5km Pursuit
Lachlan Porter 49th, 6:59 (15:48.2 behind first)

Ice Hockey – Skills Challenge Qualification
Sharnita Crompton - 5th (progresses to final)
Sam Hodic - 15th

Day 3 - Sunday 15 January

Alpine Skiing - Super Combined
Greta Small - 13th, 1:44.20 (3.38s behind first)
Harry Laidlaw - DNF

Biathlon - 7.5km Sprint
Lachlan Porter - 50th, 26:21.1 (6:59.4 behind first)

Figure Skating - Short Program
Chantelle Kerry - 11th

Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe Final
Thomas Waddell - 11th

Luge - Men's Singles
Alex Ferlazzo - 19th, 1:21.375 total time (1.772s behind first)

Snowboard - Halfpipe Final
Alex Fitch - 4th, 75.25pts

Day 2 - Saturday 14 January

Alpine Skiing - Super G
Greta Small - 7th, 1:06.52 (0.74s behind first)
Harry Laidlaw - DSQ (infrigement at gate 12, 37th fastest before DSQ)

Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe Qualification
Thomas Waddell - 12th, 47.75 pts

Snowboard - Halfpipe Qualification
Alex Fitch - 4th, 67.00 pts

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