Hopefuls to Watch
Find out all the athletes that are in contention to represent Australia at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Born: Sydney, NSW
Kerry made his Olympic debut at the age of 19, competing in the men’s individual figure skating at Sochi 2014, following in his mother Monica’s footsteps who competed in Ice Dancing at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
At Sochi, the Sydney-sider gave a spirited performance but was disappointed to make some costly errors early in his piece, ending his short program below his best on 47.12 points.
Kerry is the first and only Australian to have completed two different quadruple jumps. In 2017, he claimed his fourth consecutive National title and recorded an international career best placing fourth at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.
Born: Sydney, NSW
Australia’s top male Skeleton athlete, John Farrow is looking to make his second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 track, after a stellar 2016/2017 season saw him crowned overall North American Cup Champion.
The Sydney-sider made his Olympic debut in the daring sport of skeleton at the 2014 Sochi Games, recording Australia’s best ever result of 17th.
This result was a true testament to the former Mountain Bike professional’s dedication after he overcame a serious knee injury that saw him rupture his ACL, LCL, hamstring, popliteal tendon, breaking his tibia and doing peroneal nerve damage.
The 35-year-old will be Australia’s only returning Olympian in the skeleton discipline when he takes to the track at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.
Born: Melbourne, VIC
Claudia Gueli made her international debut in 2014 at the age of 17. Three years later the moguls skier from Mt Buller made her World Cup debut in January 2017, placing 27th in her first race at Lake Placid, USA.
2017 was a breakthrough season for Gueli who competed in 10 World Cup events in the space of two months. The 19-year-old made her first World Cup final at Thaiwoo Park, China in late February, finishing 13th overall. She also placed 11th in the dual moguls event in Thaiwoo.
Gueli finished the 2016/17 World Cup season ranked 24th in the world, and was the third highest ranked Australian, behind dual Olympian Britt Cox who won the overall Crystal Globe, and Jakara Anthony ranked 22nd. She is looking to make her Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018 and be part of the very strong Australian female mogul contingent.
Born: Brisbane, QLD
Deanna Lockett was the youngest member of the Australian Team at Sochi 2014. She was unlucky in the heat of her pet event, the 1500m, blocked out by her competitors and forced to finish in fifth position and miss out on progressing any further. But she bounced back in the 1000m to win her heat. In the quarter-final, Lockett just missed out on the top-two berth she needed to make the semi-final. The race was the fastest of the quarter-finals, and Lockett set a personal best time which saw her finish ninth overall.
The Queenslander had a strong 2016/17 season which saw her match her best-ever World Cup placing of fourth in the 1000m at the Dresden World Cup. She also placed 8th in the 1000m at the Olympic Test Event in PyeongChang.
In February, she represented Australia at the Sapporo Asian Winter Games. Lockett, who was the Opening Ceremony flag bearer for Australia, cracked the top-10 in the 500m event, placing 9th. She also placed 15th in the 1500m and 16th in the 1000m events.
She went on to compete at the World Short Track Championships in Rotterdam, where she placed 12th overall in the 1500m, 16th in the 1000m and 30th in the 500m; giving her an overall world ranking of 18th.
Born: Melbourne, Victoria
After a stellar 2016/17 season that saw Belle Brockhoff finish as the third ranked female Snowboard Cross athlete in the world, the 24-year-old is hoping to contest her second Olympics at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after first hitting the slopes at age 3.
Following in the footsteps of her uncle Peter who competed at the 1960 and 1964 Winter Olympics, the then 21-year-old made her Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games finishing as the highest ranked Australian boardercross athlete in 8th position.
The Victorian made history at the final event of the 2016 season in Baqueira Beret, Spain by becoming the first Australian female to win a Snowboard Cross World Cup. Her consistency carried into 2016-2017 season where she won three World Cup medals (two gold and one silver), resulting in a personal best world ranking of third.
Born: Cooma, NSW
At the age of 21, Nicole Parks made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014. Alongside her two teammates, Britt Cox and Taylah O’Neill, Parks qualified through to the finals where she finished in 15th place.
The Cooma born athlete who made her World Cup debut in 2010, will be looking to go one better and make the top-12 final if she qualifies for her second Games at PyeongChang 2018.
In 2017 she set a new personal best performance in Deer Valley, finishing in eighth place in the dual moguls. However, she also fractured her tibia at the event, which saw an abrupt end to her 2017 season. Despite the injury Parks is confident she will be in full health come February 2018
Born: Fitzroy, VIC
Having competed at the inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games in 2012, Harry Laidlaw is aiming to make his Olympic debut at Pyeongchang.
Laidlaw lined up for Australia at the 2017 World Championships recording a DNF in the Giant Slalom on what was a difficult course.
He competed in both North America and Europe throughout the 2016/17 season and secured his best result in Austria when he claimed fourth in the Giant Slalom.
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.
Born: Melbourne, VIC
Young gun Damon Morton is looking to follow in the footsteps of his father Cameron by wearing the green and gold for Australia at the Winter Olympic Games.
Morton has spent time in Livogno, Italy, training and competing and having lined up in a number of IBU Junior Cup and IBU Cup events, he made his senior World Championship debut in where he finished 87th in the 10km sprint.
Morton competed alongside his sister Darcie at the 2017 Asian Winter Games. He claimed 13th in 10km sprint, 13th in 12.5km pursuit and then finished 8th with his sister in the mixed relay.
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.
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.
Born: Subiaco, WA
A breakout 2016/17 season has put Jessica Yeaton in the frame to make her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.
Yeaton moved from Dubai to Alaska when she was 12 where she took up skiing and now trains regularly with some of the USA’s top ranked athletes.
She made the sprint finals and finished 24th in the Skiathlon at the PyeongChang 2018 test event while just missing the top 30 in the mass start at the 2017 World Championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born: Duncraig, WA
Josh Capponi was Australia’s sole speed skating representative at the Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games. Coming up against older and more experienced skaters, including the Olympic gold medallist, the Netherlands-based West Australian born athlete placed 5th in the men’s 10,000m and 7th in the men’s 5,000m in Japan.
In December 2016, Capponi set a new 3,000m Netherlands national record and personal best performance.
Capponi was 18 when he relocated to Holland to further his skating career. He lives with fellow Aussie skater and Sochi 2014 Olympian Daniel Grieg. Both Capponi and Grieg are hoping to compete together at PyeongChang 2018.
Born: Sydney, NSW
Sydney-sider Sami Kennedy-Sim will look to make her second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games after finishing 28th in the women’s ski cross event at the Sochi Olympics.
Across the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons, the 29-year-old had several top ten performances but it was her 2016/2017 season where she truly impressed the international circuit with 5 top 10 performances and a silver medal at the Idre Fjall World Cup.
Kennedy-Sim, who married Vancouver Olympian Ben Sim in 2011, wrapped up her season with a 12th place at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
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.
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.
Born: Wodonga, Victoria
Competing at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in moguls, 15-year-old Britt Cox was the youngest athlete at the 2010 Games. Cox placed 23rd at her Olympic debut in Canada.
Four years later and 19-year-old Cox was a leader in the Australian women’s moguls contingent. Cox fought hard to get into the six-woman super-final at Sochi, ending her campaign in an impressive fifth place.
The 2016/2017 World Cup season saw the now 22-year-old win gold in seven of the 11 World Cup events of the season, and podium at two other events. She was awarded the women’s FIS Freestyle Skiing Crystal Globe, as the athlete who had accumulated the most points in any of the freestyle skiing disciplines.
Two weeks later, Cox became Australia’s first ever moguls skiing World Champion when she took out the title in Sierra Nevada, Spain in March 2017, making her one of Australia’s most successful winter athletes of all time. The 2017 Snowsports Australia Athlete of the Year will be the one to beat for Olympic glory at PyeongChang 2018.
Born: Rooty Hill, NSW
Harley Windsor will be Australia’s first Indigenous Winter Olympian if he qualifies with partner Katia Alexandrovskaya in pairs figure skating for PyeongChang 2018.
The 20-year-old from Rooty Hill made his international debut with Katia at the Junior Grand Prix in Czech Republic in September 2016. They placed eighth overall in what was Windsor’s second-ever pairs competition. The dynamic duo has been the first Australians to make an ISU Final event and to win an ISU event.
The pair made history when they won the 2017 Junior World Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan with their elegant Russian style of competing. This performance followed a ground-breaking gold medal at a Junior Grand Prix in Estonia in 2016, another first for Australian figure skating.
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.
Born: Cairns, QLD
Jakara Anthony started skiing as a four-year-old at Mt Buller and at only 16 years of age she made her moguls World Cup debut at Deer Valley in January 2015, placing 33rd in the individual event.
After finishing 13th at the Deer Valley World Cup in February 2017, the Queensland-born skier went on to crack the top-10 at the Tazawako World Cup two weeks later with a 9th place finish. She made her World Championships debut at Sierra Nevada in March 2017, placing 12th in the women’s event with a solid 75.45 in the round of 18.
Anthony represented Australia at the Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games, where she finished sixth in the ladies’ moguls event and was announced as the Australian Team Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer.
Born: Mt Buller, Victoria
Anton Grimus realised a life-long dream when, at the age of 23, he competed at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the Freestyle discipline of Ski Cross, finishing 25th.
In 2018, Grimus will hope to return to the Olympic stage for his second Games.
The 26-year-old, who grew up in Mt Buller where his parents ran an Austrian-style pension, ski hire and restaurant, finished ninth at the 2016 Olympic Test Event for PyeongChang, his best World Cup result to date.
After a knee injury sidelined Grimus for majority of the 2016/2017 season, the Sochi Olympian finished his season with a 32nd placing at World Championships in Spain.