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Hopefuls to Watch

Find out all the athletes that are in contention to represent Australia at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. 

<h5>Greta Small hopeful</h5>
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Greta Small

Born: Wangaratta, VIC

At just 18 years of age, Greta Small flew the flag for Australia in every event on the women’s alpine program at Sochi 2014.

She began racing at age 11 and was selected to compete at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012 securing top ten results in the slalom (7th) and super combined (7th).

Despite separate knee and ACL injuries over the past two seasons, Small remains one of the nation’s best alpine skiers and will be looking for a strong season leading into PyeongChang 2018. 

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Dominic Demschar

Born: Oberndorf, Austria

Dominic Demschar is aiming to compete at his second Olympic Games in PyeongChang having finished 39th in the Giant Slalom on debut in Sochi.

Born in Austria to an Austrian father and an Australian mother, his dad coached Olympic athletes which sparked his Olympic dream from an early age.

Demschar is currently based in the US where he skis for the University of Utah. He secured a number of top ten Slalom and Giant Slalom results for the Utes in the 2016/17 season. 

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Sophie Ash

Born: Brisbane, QLD

Sophie Ash was a member of the 30-strong team that represented Australia at the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, February 2017. The 20-year-old finished fifth in the ladies’ moguls event and seventh in the dual moguls.

Although Ash is yet to make her World Cup debut, she has featured on the North-American Cup circuit since early 2014 with her best result a fifth-place finish at the Canada Nor-Am Cup in February 2016.

Ash finished in the top-20 in all her competitions, bar one, during the 2017/17 Northern Hemisphere season, ending the season ranked 14th on the Nor-Am circuit.

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Callum Watson

Born: Kogarah, NSW

On Olympic debut in Sochi, Callum Watson made history as he lined up alongside his older sister Aimee as the duo became the first siblings to represent Australia in cross country at the same Olympics.

He began skiing at four, made his first junior Australian team at 16, competing at his first senior World Championships in 2009 before going on to compete at both the 2015 and 2017 events.

In Sochi, Watson finished 59th in the skiathlon, 85th in the sprint and then combined with Phil Bellingham in the team sprint to finish 12th in their semi-final and 21st overall.

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Keanu Blunden

Born: Kogarah, NSW

Keanu Blunden was one of 30 athletes selected to represent Australia at the Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games. The short track speed skater from Sydney narrowly missed qualifying for the semi-finals of the 500m, finishing 14th, and was unfortunately disqualified in the 1500m semi-final.

Along with his teammates and fellow PyeongChang hopeful skaters Pierre Boda, Alex Bryant and Andy Jung, the team skated to 7th in the men’s 5000m relay.

Blunden made his ISU World Cup debut in 2015. At the 2017 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, Blunden placed 18th in the 1000m,  21st in the 1500m and 39th in the 500m.

Kailani Craine

Born: Newscastle, NSW

Figure skater, Kailani Craine is looking to make her Olympic debut at the PyeongChang 2018 Games at just 19-years-old. 

The Newcastle-native had huge 2014 and 2015 seasons that saw her claim both the national Junior and Senior Ladies Championships. In December 2016, she successfully defended her title for the third successive year. 

During the 2016-2017 season, Craine medalled twice, firstly with a bronze at the 31st Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia before she claimed silver at the ISU Challenger event Warsaw Cup in Poland. 

Craine, who splits her training time between Newcastle and LA, made her World Championship debut in 2016, finishing in 27th place before improving to 24th position in 2017.  Off the ice, Craine has a huge social media following with over 120k followers on her Instagram account.

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Alec Scott

Born: Mulgrave, NSW

A young gun on the rise, Alec Scott will be looking to bounce back from injury just in time to make his Olympic debut in PyeongChang.

Having already qualified for the 2017 World Championships, Scott tore his ACL at a lead up event and required surgery and a lengthy recovery.

The Falls Creek skier is one of the nation’s most talented and was recently nominated for the Ski and Snowboard Australia Junior Snowsport Athlete of the Year.

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Daniel Greig

Born: Campbelltown, SA

After a character building debut Games at Sochi where he fell in his pet event, the 500m, Daniel Greig will be aiming to rectify his Games experience if he qualifies for PyeongChang 2018.

Solid improvements in the 2016/17 season saw Greig slowly progress through the B-Division ranks during the World Cup season before a second place at the Kazakhstan World Cup qualified him into the A-Division towards the end of the season.

After a back injury stumped his 2017 World Championships experience, Greig will be more determined than ever to hit the track at Gangnueng Oval in February 2018.

<h5>Ekaterina Alexandrivskaya</h5>
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Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya

Born: Moscow, Russia

Moscow-born Ekaterina ‘Katia’ Alexandrovskaya and her partner Harley Windsor are looking to make their Olympic debut in pairs figure skating at PyeongChang 2018.

17-year-old Alexandrovskaya was introduced to Windsor in late 2015 by Windsor’s coaches Galina and Andrei Pachin and the pair gelled instantly.

The dynamic duo were the first Australians to make an ISU Final event and to win an ISU event. Their historic success continued when they won the 2017 Junior World Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Their performance followed a ground-breaking gold medal at a Junior Grand Prix in Estonia in 2016, another first for Australian figure skating.

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Russ Henshaw

Born: Sydney, NSW

Russ Henshaw was Australia's only male competitor in Ski Slopestyle when the sport made its Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games. Twenty-three-year-old Henshaw entered the Games under an injury cloud but easily qualified for the final to finish eighth overall.

The Sydney-born athlete made a name for himself in 2011 when he grabbed slopestyle silver at the X Games in Aspen and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA.

The 26-year-old won bronze at the Seiser Alm World Cup in Italy in January 2017. He contested three World Cup events during the season, placing in the top 20 in all events before heading to Sierra Nevada for the 2017 World Championships for an impressive eighth place finish.

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Andy Jung

Born:  Korea

Korean born Hyun Woo (Andy) Jung made his World Cup debut for Australia in 2013 and qualified for his first World Championships in 2014 where he placed 28th in the 500m.

The Melbourne-based skater was one of the 30 athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. He narrowly missed qualification for the semi-finals in both the 500m and 1000m short track events, finishing third and fourth respectively in his heats. Overall, Jung placed 11th in the 1000m, 12th in the 500m and helped Australia to an impressive 7th place in the 5000m relay.

An impressive performance in the men’s 500m at the 2017 World Short Track Championships in Rotterdam had Jung finish in 12th place. He also made it through the preliminary round in the 1500m at the Worlds, ending his 2017 season ranked 30th in the World.

William Badaoui

Born: Sydney, NSW

William Badaoui will look to join on-ice partner, Matilda Friend at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the Ice Dancing competition.

A busy 2016/2017 season saw the pair finish 15th at the Four Continents Championships and 25th at the 2017 World Junior Championships. The Macquarie Ice Rink skaters were selected in the Australian team for the 2017 Asian Winter Games where the pair secured a 6th place finish.

The four-time Junior National Champions won their first senior Australian title at the 2016/2017 Championships. 

Adam Lambert

Born: Sydney, NSW

19-year-old Adam Lambert will look to fulfil a lifelong dream of competing at the Winter Olympics when he hopefully lines up for the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

After finishing 5th at the 2016 FIS Junior World Championships in Slovakia, the teenager made his first open World Cup appearance in March 2017 at La Molina, securing a 6th place finish that propelled him into the top twenty world rankings.

A week later, Lambert, the youngest of all the Australian competitors, finished the 2017 World Championships in 6th place behind fellow Aussie Alex Pullin who secured the bronze medal. Lambert was crowned Junior Athlete of the Year at the 2017 Ski and Snowboard Australian awards.

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Jess Rich

Born: Manly, NSW

In February 2016, Jess Rich placed 8th at the Snowboard Slopestyle PyeongChang Test Event and cemented herself as an athlete to watch heading into the next Winter Olympic Games.

The 27-year-old contested five World Cup events during the 2017 season. She cracked the top-10 twice in Quebec City, placing 9th in the Slopestyle event and 8th in the Big Air.

Rich ended the season ranked 22nd in the slopestyle and 36th in the Big Air events.

<h5>Lydia Lassila hopeful</h5>
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Lydia Lassila

Born: Melbourne, VIC

One of Australia’s greatest ever winter sports athletes, Lydia Lassila has achieved it all in aerials skiing.

Lassila won Olympic gold in 2010 won bronze four years later and is now looking to become Australia’s first ever female athlete to compete at five Winter Olympic Games.

An inspiration on and off the snow, Lassila has come back from a number of potentially career ending injuries to rise to the top of her sport and win countless medals on the international scene. 

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Phil Bellingham

Born: Mount Beauty, VIC

A strong start to 2017 has cross country skier Phil Bellingham on track to compete at his second Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

The sprint specialist who grew up at the base of the Falls Creek snowfields was only seconds away from qualifying for the 30-man sprint final at the 2017 World Championships and also won an event in the Czech Republic earlier in the season.

Having made his Olympic debut in 2014, Bellingham now has his sights on bettering his best Sochi result of 55th in the individual sprint. 

<h5>Cameron Bolton</h5>
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Cameron Bolton

Born: Melbourne, Victoria

Cam Bolton is aiming to make his second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after the broader-cross rider debuted at the Sochi 2014 Games, finishing as the top Aussie in 11th place.

The 26-year-old from Clayton Bay, South Australia originally competed in both skiing and snowboarding, but at age 15 made the decision to specialise in snowboard cross.

After securing his best World Championships result to date, a 15th place at the 2015 Championships in Austria, Bolton narrowly missed out on his first ever World Cup podium at the opening race of the 2015/16 season, finishing a personal best fourth place. Bolton wrapped up his 2016/17 ranked 20th in the international rankings.

The talented rider, who finished fifth at the prestigious X Games leading into Sochi, has also competed in Surf Lifesaving at a national level in the Ironman, Board Race, Surf Race, and 2km Beach Run. 

<h5>Katie Parker hopeful</h5>
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Katie Parker

Born: Melbourne, VIC

Katie Parker lined up for Australia at the Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer where she recorded top 20 results in the Super G and the Combined.

She is based at the Sugar Bowl Academy in California where she attends high-school and competes in races throughout North America.

Parker lined up in the 2017 Junior World Championships finishing 40th in the Downhill and is now aiming to make her Olympic debut at PyeongChang. 

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Barbara Jezersek

Born: Slovenia

Barbara Jezersek has her sights set on competing at her third Olympic Games, and first for Australia, at PyeongChang.

Following the Sochi Games Jezersek began instructing at Perisher and after an eight month break from competition in 2016 she got her Australian citizenship.

She lined up in the green and gold in 2017 and became the first Australian cross country skier to record a top 30 finish at a World Championships after claiming 24th in the 15km Skiathlon.

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Matthew Cox

Born: Kogarah, NSW

Matt Cox first jumped on a snowboard as a two-year-old and started competing at age six. In 2015 he was crowned the national Junior Halfpipe Champion and won bronze in the Slopestyle event.

After competing in a few Halfpipe FIS events, Cox switched his attention to solely focus on Slopestyle and Big Air events at the start of the 2016/17 season.

He had four Slopestyle and two Big Air events under his belt before he headed to Sierra Nevada for the 2017 World Championships. He unfortunately had to pull out of both events in Spain due to falls in training just hours before the start of competition.

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James Matheson

Born: Buenos Aires, Argentina

James Matheson began freestyle skiing in 2004 and emerged on the international moguls scene in 2010 when he qualified for the Europa Cup at the age of 15. The following year he was crowned the under-19 Australian moguls champion.

After winning bronze at the Val St. Come North American Cup event in 2016, and winning silver in the Australian and New Zealand dual moguls event in the same year, Matheson qualified for his first full World Cup tour for the 2016/17 season.

The 22-year-old competed in 10 World Cup events in the space of a few months, with his best result an 18th place finish at the Thaiwoo World Cup in February. He went on to qualify for his first World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where he placed 29th in the single moguls event and 28th in dual moguls.

Matthew Thomas

Born: Dural, NSW

After making his international debut at the age of 17, Matt Thomas will look to compete at his first Olympic Games in 2018.

The boarder from Dural, NSW had his first international podium finish with gold at the Tremblant North American Cup in Canada in January 2015. Later that year he improved his Junior World Championships standing to sixth place and qualified for his first World Cup event in Austria, where he placed 22nd.

In 2016 the 22-year-old contested the Olympic Test Event at Bokwang Park in PyeongChang, placing 13th in the World Cup event. 

Matilda Friend

Born: Sydney, NSW

17-year-old Matilda Friend and Ice Dance partner, William Badaoui will hopefully realise their Olympic dream at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

A busy 2016/2017 season saw the pair finish 15th at the Four Continents Championships and 25th at the 2017 World Junior Championships. The Macquarie Ice Rink skaters were selected in the Australian team for the 2017 Asian Winter Games where the pair secured a 6th place finish.

The four-time Junior National Champions won their first senior Australian title at the 2016/2017 Championships. 

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Tess Coady

Born: St Kilda, VIC

Tess Coady placed sixth in her World Cup debut at Mammoth Mountain, California in February 2017. The following month the 16-year-old made her World Championships debut at Sierra Nevada. Coady placed 11th in the Snowboard Slopestyle event in Spain and 21st in the Big Air – a new snowboard discipline to debut at PyeongChang 2018.

In March 2017 the rider from St Kilda, Victoria placed sixth at her second World Cup event in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, ending the World Cup season ranked 21st on the overall FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup standings.

A week later she returned to the Czech course for the Junior Snowboard World Championships, where Coady won gold in both the Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air events. 

<h5>David Morris hopeful</h5>
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David Morris

Born: Carlton, VIC

A former gymnast, David Morris was recruited to Aerial Skiing by World Champion Kirstie Marshall and began his international competitive career in 2007.

Following his first World Cup appearance in 2009 he made his Olympic debut in 2010, where he finished 13th. Four years later he became Australia’s first ever male aerials Olympic medallist when he jumped to a stunning silver in Sochi.

Despite not having a 2016/17 World Cup season up to his own high standards, Morris pulled it out when it mattered winning bronze at the 2017 World Championships as he builds towards his third Olympic appearance in PyeongChang.