Michelle Steele has started the 2008 skeleton season in great style, placing fifth in the Calgary World Cup. OWI/AIS team-mate Emma Lincoln-Smith was also in fine form on the Olympic track, posting a career best ninth place.
Craig Branch has shown the benefit of his training and competition in the opening event of the season in Lake Louise last weekend, with a promising training run in Beaver Creek.
Australia has won silver at the Pacific Curling Championships in Beijing, but also grasped a golden opportunity to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Australian team of Hugh Millikin, Ian Palangio, Sean Hall and Stephen Johns (and alternate Stephen Hewitt) went down in the final to host nation China by 2 points to 9.
Australia's Skeleton Development team has made a promising start to the season, with Ami Wallace taking the bronze medal in a Europa Cup event in Igls, Austria. Team-mate Teniele Richards also made the top ten, finishing in ninth place in the 33-woman field.
Craig Branch has opened his World Cup season with a 51st placing in the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada. In his first competitive outing since injuring his knee in Beaver Creek nearly 12 months ago, Branch recorded a time of 1:45.37, two minutes 58 seconds behind the race winner Jan Hudec of Canada.
A pair of 23rd placings has been the leading return for Australia's short track speed skaters at the third World Cup of the season in Heerenveen, The Netherlands. Lachlan Hay finished in 23rd place in the men's 1000m, while Jeremy Beck made the same placing in the second of two 500m events.
Australia has had to settle for a silver medal at the Pacific Curling Championships, going down in the final to host nation China by 2 points to 9. But the team of Hugh Millikin, Ian Palangio, Sean Hall and Stephen Johns leaves Beijing with a guaranteed place in the 2008 World Championships next April by virtue of making it to the last two. And a strong performance at those world titles could deliver the team a place in the field for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Australia has defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals of the Pacific Curling Championships, claiming a place in the final against host nation China, and securing a berth in the 2008 World Championships.
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Olympic medals must be at least 60 millimetres in diameter and at least three millimetres thick. The design of the medal is the responsibility of the host city's organising committee, with the approval of the IOC.
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Colin Coates (Speed Skating) has attended 6 Winter Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988.