Winter Olympic Force

So which athletes have turned Australia into a winter Olympic force?

So which athletes have turned Australia into a winter Olympic force?

Australia is commonly known for success in the pool, on the bike, in athletics or rowing. Now success on ice and snow is becoming very common.

Australia has remarkably produced Winter Olympic medallists at the past six Games dating back to 1994 in Lillehammer. The team from the Sochi 2014 Games in Russia continued the medal winning streak. In total 10 athletes have medalled for Australia at the Olympic Winter Games across four disciplines, claiming 12 medals.

This is how the superb performance has played out:

Australia’s medal winning streak at the Olympic Winter Games dates back to Lillehammer 1994. At these Games Steven Bradbury, Kieran Hansen, Andrew Murtha and Richard Nizielski created history to win bronze in the 5000m short track relay. Four years later in Japan, Zali Steggall won alpine skiing bronze in the slalom event at Nagano 1998. 

Then in 2002, Bradbury had the world talking with his remarkable gold in the 1000m short track unbelievable event and a few days later Alisa Camplin won aerial skiing gold at her first Games. 

In 2006, Dale Begg-Smith was unstoppable for moguls gold as Camplin won a superb bronze. At the Vancouver Games in 2010, Torah Bright won the snowboard halfpipe and Lydia Lassila (Ierodiaconou) won the aerials. At the Sochi 2014 Games, Dave Morris clinched aerials silver, Bright was all smiles with halfpipe silver and Lassila won bronze, while attempting a jump no other women has ever attempted in competition. 

The future looks bright for more success in a range of disciplines at the next Game in PyeongChang in 2018. 

To add to this senior success, snowboarder Alex Fitch and ice hockey skills star Sharnita Crompton won bronze medals at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. 

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