Lucy Chaffer has produced the best result of the OWI/AIS skeleton program athletes in the opening America's Cup race in Calgary, Canada. Chaffer slid to 14th place in her first skeleton event in a two-run time of 2 minutes 4.59 seconds, 4.07 seconds behind the winner, Jessica Palmer of the United States. The Perth 23-year-old has had just 20 runs down a skeleton track, with her first one less than two weeks ago.
Renee McCabe takes readers for a ride in Canada: “Renee McCabe to the skeleton start position” ….. This is where the fun begins. I put my mouth guard in, put my helmet on and step out of the warm house. In between my heart pounding, swallowing any nerves and trying not to breathe too heavy in my helmet (because it will fog), I carry my sled “Gosh” to the start line. I try to steady myself and concentrate on the push and turn 1.
Lucy Chaffer charts her first exciting weeks in the OWI/AIS skeleton program: We arrived at the AIS on Tuesday October 31, eager to be taking the next step in this skeleton adventure. There were the six ‘newbies’ - Chelsea, Renee, Lisa, Teniele, Ami and myself - along with Melissa Hoar and Emma Lincon-Smith. The next three days were filled with different presentations from ASADA, nutrition, massage therapy, psychology to attending the athletes assembly where they recognize the achievements of each sport. It was exciting to see how prominently skeleton featured in the video package. In between these presentations we also had time to work on our push starts, 30m time trials and a physio screening where we all found out more about ourselves.
The 2006 AIS/OWIA Skeleton Squad arrived in snowy Calgary to begin a fast-paced adventure in the winter Olympic sport of skeleton on Friday 3rd of November. The squad is comprised of beach sprinters and flaggers, Lucy Chaffer, Chelsea Frost, Renee McCabe, Teniele Richards and Lisa Wright and track sprinter Ami Wallace. The new athletes join experienced sliders Olympian Michelle Steele and Emma Lincoln-Smith and AIS support staff to kick off the season under the guidance of coaches Terry Holland (former US coach) and Duff Gibson (reigning Olympic men’s skeleton gold medallist).
Alex Merriman has topped the Australian results at the second short track World Cup of the season, held in Jeonju City, Korea, over the weekend. The 17-year-old OWI skater finished in 11th place overall in the 1500m, posting a fifth place in the B final. He made the B final after a strong effort to come from behind on the last corner of his semifinal.
Alex Merriman and Elliott Shriane have proved the best of the Australian team at the opening event of the short track speed skating World Cup season, in Changchun, China. Merriman won his preliminary round of the 1000m race, then finished second in the first heat, to move through to the quarter finals, where he was eliminated after placing fourth, ultimately finishing in 14th place.
Another exciting phase in Australian winter sport is about to get underway with the announcement of a new squad of skeleton athletes by the Australian Institute of Sport and the OWI. Surf lifesaving has once again supplied the vast majority of the talented athletes who have been selected to join our three established skeleton athletes for another tilt at Olympic and World Cup sliding glory.
Jono Brauer has continued his successful campaign across the Tasman by winning the slalom and super G in the New Zealand National Championships.
OWI moguls skier Ramone Cooper has shown he is ready to take on the World Cup full time next season with strong performances in domestic events in August.
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.