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Inspirational Aussie women at PyeongChang 2018

Published 8 March 2018 (AEDT)

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PYEONGCHANG 2018: To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, take a look at some of the amazing achievements of our female athletes at the recent PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

• Our PyeongChang 2018 Team was 45% female athletes.

• 6 Aussie women made the finals in their respective sports.

• A whopping 86% of females in the Team recorded top-20 results.

Lydia Lassila became the first Australian female to compete at 5 Winter Olympic Games.

I took my last jumps last night in the qualifying round of my 5th Olympics. Unfortunately it was a disaster (performance wise) but happy to be safe and sound in a sport that is so beautiful, but can be so brutal at times. My career has been perfectly imperfect. So many triumphs, many disappointments. But when you look at the big picture, I have loved it all. The celebrations, the life lessons.... sport has been a gift and I’ll be forever grateful. Because of sport, know who I am inside and out. Thank you to everyone that has supported my journey. Farewell athlete life, it’s been a dream ❤️ We’ve got 2 impressive ladies in the final tonight @the_snowgi & @daniellescottski 🇦🇺🇦🇺 Get right behind them... it’s going to be a good show. By the way @cjspencois , this is my all time favourite pic 🙌🏼

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• Holly Crawford joined an elite group of athletes to have competed at 4 Winter Olympic Games.

Barbara Jezersek equalled the best ever Australian Olympic cross country skiing result with 33rd in the Women’s 10km free – the result matches Chris Heberle’s 33rd place finish in the men’s 15km Classic event at the Calgary 1988 Games and beats the previous best by an Australian female which had been held by Colleen Bolton (35th - 10km Classic, 1980).

Jess Rich and Belle Brockhoff both defied the odds to bounce back from knee injures to compete at PyeongChang, where Jess Rich was one place off qualifying for the Big Air finals in 13th place and Belle Brockhoff finished 11th in Snowboard Cross.

• Olympic debutant Jess Yeaton competed in the most events out of anyone in the Australian Team, racing in 5 Cross Country skiing events, including the grueling 30km Free race. Plus, alongside triple Olympian Barbara Jezersek, the duo recorded Australia’s best ever Team Sprint Cross Country result, finishing 12th.

12th place at the olympics yesterday with this lil lady! #hey #cool !

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Greta Small recorded Australia’s best women’s Downhill Alpine result with a 20th place finish.

💛💚 Green & Gold 💚💛 #GoAUS

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Georgia Thompson
olympics.com.au

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