Becoming accustomed to the atmosphere in an Olympic Village at the February Asian Winter Games will provide invaluable experience for emerging and seasoned athletes.
If the past couple of months are anything to go by, that time will fly by for our Australian athletes vying for their position to compete at the biggest winter sports event in the world.
A team of thirty athletes have been selected to become Australia’s first event competitors at an Asian Winter Games when they hit the ice and snow in Sapporo in February.
It was one of the most successful weekend's on record for Australian winter athletes with six World Cup medals, 2 fourth place finishes, and a number of other impressive performances on the snow and ice.
Australia's Short Track Speed Skaters found success on the final day of competition in Gangneung, Korea, with Deanna Lockett and Pierre Boda finishing in the top 10 of the 1000m (2) event.
The highlight was both Pierre Boda and Deanna Lockett advancing through to the quarter final round in the 1000m, after placing second in their heats.
Australia has always been competitive in the international mix of Short Track Speed Skating, and the 2016/17 Aussie short trackers may be small in collective numbers, but the tight-knit group is big on passion and commitment.
The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) Short Track Team has posted improved results at the second World Cup of the year in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, with a top ten to Deana Lockett and PB 17th place for Alex Bryant.