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Australian skeleton racer Jaclyn Narracott is hoping to emulate her uncle Paul and be selected for the Winter Olympic Games. She is sliding here at the World Junior Championships in Igls, Austria.

When Jaclyn Narracott told her friends she was taking up the sport of skeleton there was a common reaction: - “They all thought I was nuts!”

Anna Segal and her trusty car for the USA Shadow reunited.

BLOG: After three and a half months of rehabbing at home in Australia, I passed my ‘back to snow’ testing and was given the all clear to return to the ski life. After this much down time my anticipation to get back on snow was almost tangible.

FREESTYLE SKIING: For the last three years, Sami Kennedy-Sim has been resolutely focused on qualifying for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Greta Small on her last day skiing after a bumper 2012/13 season.

BLOG: Since the finish of my 2012/2013 race season at the end of April, I took a break and returned to Australia for the first time in seven months. It felt unreal arriving home after such a long season of training, travelling and racing. I do not usually have time for anything else, between training and Year 12 commitments, so it was nice to refresh at home catching up with friends and doing jobs around the house.

John Farrow of Australia poses during a portrait session on May 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Farrow is aiming to qualify for the Australian Winter Olympic Team in the Skeleton event for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

BLOG: One of the biggest differences I see between being a skeleton athlete and other sports is the large six month off season where no ice sliding is possible. In skeleton we have a full six months of zero sliding time possible for any athlete.

Sam Robertson in training for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in 2012.

BLOG: To represent Australia and my hometown of Thredbo in Sochi would be the most incredible experience and something I have dreamed of for as long as I can ever remember.

Sochi medals unveiled

31 May 2013
The unveiled Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medal is displayed during an IOC executive board meeting at the SportAccord International Convention in St. Petersburg, on May 30, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers unveiled today the medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

SOCHI 2014: The presentation of the Olympic and Paralympic medals, which will be awarded at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, took place in St. Petersburg today during the 11th "SportAccord" Annual International Sports Convention.

Analyst Arian Nemani splits urine samples in the anti-doping laboratory which will test athlete’s samples from the London 2012 Games on January 19, 2012 in Harlow, England. The facility, which will be provided by GSK and operated by King’s College London, will test over 6250 samples throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over 150 anti-doping scientists will work in the laboratory, which measures the size of seven tennis courts, 24 hours a day.

AOC: The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has thrown its support behind the Sports Science and Sports Medicine principles announced today by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) saying “they will enhance the integrity of sport in Australia”.

Australian Winter Olympic hopefuls train on the beach with strength and conditioning coach John Marsden in May 2013.

SOCHI 2014: For most of the world, Australia evokes imagery of a sunburnt country – surfing, swimming and cricket. The idea that Australia competes at the Winter Olympics, let alone winning medals at the last five Games, comes as a big surprise to most.

A trampoline session with aerial skier David Morris.

BLOG: Just being strong isn't quite enough so there's always additional training outside of the VIS gym... not that I mind.