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Australian Alexander Fitch flying in the pipe at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy, April 2011.

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Alex Lewis from Sydney shoots during the Sprint selection race on 14 August 2011 at Whisky Flat, Mount Hotham.

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Greta Small competes in the senior moguls event at the 2011 national championships in Thredbo.

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Esther Bottomley competing in a cross country World Cup in Canada in December.

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Coles announces Olympic Sponsorship

Coles has announced its sponsorship of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

Sharnita Crompton Ice Hockey Star

Australian ice hockey players Sam Hodic and Sharnita Crompton have performed exceptionally at the Global Skills Challenge qualification event in Finland, to secure their place at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, January 13-22.

Sharnita Crompton Ice Hockey Star

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Ramone Cooper will be the Young Ambassador and Alisa Camplin the Chef de Mission (Team Leader) for the 2012 Australian Youth Olympic Team, to compete at Innsbruck 2012.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has ensured the athletes competing at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games will have the best mentoring imaginable.

Anna Segal #7 of Australia during Slope Style Qualification for the FIS Freestyle World Championships at Park City Mountain Resort on February 2, 2011 in Park City, Utah.

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