If the past couple of months are anything to go by, that time will fly by for our Australian athletes vying for their position to compete at the biggest winter sports event in the world.
The President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), John Coates, has featured near the top of an international poll recognising world leaders and influential sporting figures.
Pocket rocket Caleb Ewan timed his sprint to perfection to successfully defend his elite men's criterium national title at the 2017 Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat.
Cross country skier Casey Wright is aiming to make her Olympic debut at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and is working tirelessly towards that goal.
Rio 2016 Olympian Bodi Turner says he is a changed rider after making his Olympic debut last August, and this week returns to the Gold Coast to race in the BMX Australia Chambikx/Probikx UCI Series opener.
Athletics needs innovative new concepts to attract new fans to the sport and IAAF President Sebastian Coe believes the Australian organisers of the new Nitro Athletics series may have a hit.
Olympic finalist Ryan Gregson became the first man in 50 years to win the Burnie Mile from scratch with a performance that rocked the timber stands at the 130th running of the Burnie Gift Carnival.
As fireworks around the globe signal the end of 2016, Australian Olympians have rung in the new year surrounded by family and friends. Many have taken to social media to reflect on a history-making year and thank supporters for their encouragement and love.
Britt back home after World Cup gold
Gallery: Looking back at 2016
Did you know?
Alana Boyd (athletics – pole vault) made Australian Olympic history in Beijing, becoming the first Australian to join both parents as Olympians. This feat was emulated by Jess Fox (canoe/kayak - slalom) at the London 2012 Games.