So Long Sochi: A Recap

11 March 2014

Throughout 16 days of action packed competition we saw 60 Australian athletes compete on the world stage at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. We witnessed triumph and heartbreak as the Australian Olympic Winter Team campaign concluded with 3 Medals and a host of top 5, 10, and 16 results.

The Australian Olympic Winter Campaign began in fine fashion when Flagbearer Alex “Chumpy” Pullin led his teammates into the Fischt Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on 7 February 2014. For the 43 rookies in the team this was a pivotal moment in which their dreams turned into reality as they marched in their debut Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

The two weeks to follow saw the Australian team push themselves to new limits with many athletes exceeding their own expectations and setting personal bests.

Australia finished the games =24th on the Gold Medal Tally with 3 courageous Medals.

Torah Bright was our first Medallist winning Silver in her pet event of the women’s snowboard half pipe. On day five of competition, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic champion was just 0.25 points behind American Kaitlyn Farrington who scored 91.75 with her second run. In achieving a Silver Medal to go with her Gold, Bright became the most successful female in Australian Winter Olympic history (Dale Begg-Smith achieved the same personal medal tally). Bright, competing at her third Olympics embarked on a remarkable Games journey qualifying and competing in three events. She finished seventh in snowboard slope style and 18th in snowboard cross.

Competing in her fourth Olympic Games, Lydia Lassila attempted a jump only men perform in competition, in a courageous bid to defend her Olympic aerial skiing title. The courageous 32-year-old went for a quad twisting triple somersault with a 4.425 degree of difficulty. Lassila, who had landed the jump only once in training, executed brilliantly in the air and was agonisingly close to completing the flawless landing, her score of 72.12 points secured the Bronze and Australia’s second medal for the Games.

On day 10, David Morris claimed our third Medal, securing Silver in the men’s aerials. The dual Olympian was the first to jump in the super-final, doing a double-Full Full-Full (quad twisting somersault) to score 110.41. Morris was rewarded for consistency in executing and landing all his competition jumps. Morris went on to be selected with the honour of Australian Flagbearer for the Closing Ceremony.

In addition to the remarkable achievements of our medallists our Australian team achieved a host of top 5, 10 and 16 results.

These include;

5 top 5 results; (including 3 Medallists)

-  4th – Anna Segal, women’s ski slopestyle

-  5th – Britteny Cox, women’s moguls

5 top 10 results (we had 8 in Vancouver)

27 top 16 finishes (we had 15 in Vancouver)

Australian top 10 results;

FREESTYLE SKIING
David Morris, Aerials – 2nd 
Lydia Lassila, Aerials – 3rd
Anna Segal, Slopestyle – 4th
Britteny Cox, Moguls – 5th
Matt Graham, Moguls - 7th
Laura Peel, Aerials – 7th
Katya Crema, Ski Cross – 7th
Russell Henshaw, Slopestyle – 7th
Danielle Scott, Aerials – 9th
Amy Sheehan, Half pipe – 10th 

SHORT TRACK
Deanna Lockett, 1000m – 9th 

SNOWBOARD
Torah Bright, Halfpipe – 2nd
Torah Bright, Slopestyle – 7th
Belle Brockhoff, Cross – 8th
Kent Callister, Half pipe – 9th 

We look forward to supporting our athletes as they turn their attention to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games where Australia certainly has the nucleolus for another successful Olympic Winter Team.

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