As a nation with a natural affinity to the surf, it is little wonder that many of Australia’s budding Olympians have launched into their respective sports via surf lifesaving.
Qualifying for one athletics event at the London Olympics is an outstanding achievement. And if you can manage two, then you are in the league of IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year Sally Pearson and dual Olympic walks medallist Jared Tallent.
Lane 8, 1500m freestyle, Atlanta 1996... You know the rest of the story! Kieren Perkins lit up the history books with his second Olympic gold medal. Having struck gold in the 1500m at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Perkins became the first Australian since Dawn Fraser to defend an individual Olympic swimming title.
Western Australian Kynan Maley is the latest canoe slalom paddler to earn the right to be nominated to the Australian Olympic team to compete at the London Games in July after the second qualification race at the Oceania Slalom Championships in Penrith on Saturday.
The Stingers got off to a quick start jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the opening term with two-time Olympian Melissa Rippon netting an early double, before Bronwen Knox and youngster Hannah Buckling helped consolidate that advantage with two of their own.
Australia’s Nathan Johnstone emphatically won today’s World Cup snowboard halfpipe in Stoneham, Canada, while dominating the event from start to finish.
Sydney teenager Jessica Fox has earned the right to be nominated to the Australian Olympic team after her performance in the heats of the Women’s K1 at the 2012 Oceania Slalom Championships in Penrith here Friday.
One Year to Go to PyeongChang 2018
Aussie Olympians go surfing at Winter Olympic Games
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At London 2012 Australia won 7 gold medals, 16 silver and 12 bronze, a total of 35 medals.
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Australia continued its medal winning streak at the Winter Games with three athletes reaching the podium at Sochi 2014 - David Morris (Silver, Aerials), Torah Bright (Silver, Halfpipe) and Lydia Lassila (Bronze, Aerials).