Olympic Trivia Features
Cathy Freeman was not the first Indigenous athlete to win an Olympic medal. That honour went to an Australian swimmer in 1992.
Winter Olympic Force
So which athletes have turned Australia into a winter Olympic force?
Olympians enlisted in World War I
40 Olympians enlisted in WWI and 3 made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine medallists enlisted. Many fought and then went on to Olympic glory and some competed either side of the Great War.
Age is no barrier
Three Olympians competed before their 14th birthdays while three athletes competed after turning 60.
Females bridge gender gap
Australia has had a steady increase in female representation at the Games, finally reaching 52% female majority at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games after reaching a 50:50 gender balance at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Female Athletics Track Stars
Ten female track athletes have become Olympic champions in athletics winning 15 gold between them.
One Sport Not Enough
Remarkably 13 Australian Olympians have competed in more than one sport at the Games.
What are Olympic Features?
Australia's great Olympians and their achievements can be grouped under numerous trivia topics and interesting facts. The Australian Olympic Committee will continually create new Olympic Features. They will all live here as well as appearing throughout the site - linked to the relevant athletes, sports and Games.
Look through the following and Contact Us to suggest an Olympic Feature/s you would like to see. Just in case we don't have it on our list for the future.
Road to Rio: Athlete Journeys