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Hopefuls to Watch

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

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Brendan Kerry

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. 

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Alex Bryant

Born: Melbourne, VIC

Alex Bryant made his major competitive debut at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, where he competed in short track speed skating.

He wrapped up the Games placing 13th and 11th in the 1000m and 1400m individual events respectively, before joining forces with his fellow teammates to place 7th in the 5000m relay.

Bryant achieved his goal of a top-20 ISU World Cup result during 2017, placing 17th in the men’s 1000m in Salt Lake City with a new Australian record time of 1:25.852.

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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. 

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Laura Peel

Born: Canberra, ACT

Having both a strong skiing and gymnastics background Laura Peel first took up aerial skiing in 2009 and by 2012 had become the fifth Australian female to win a World Cup event.

On Olympic debut in Sochi, Peel performed strongly to finish the event in 7th. A year later she was crowned World Champion after winning gold in Kreischberg, Austria.

Building towards her second Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang, she secured a podium finish at the 2016/17 Moscow World Cup event and finished 8th at the 2017 World Championships.  

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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. 

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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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Samantha Wells

Born: Waratah, NSW

Having been a gymnast from a young age, Samantha Wells took Aerial Skiing after being identified as a potential star of the sport by Australian World Champion Jacqui Cooper.

She made her Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014 where she finished 18th. Heading towards her second Olympic appearance in PyeongChang, Wells secured three medals on the World Cup circuit in the 2016/17 season.

She made her World Championships debut in 2015 where she placed 6th before claiming 10th at the 2017 event in Sierra Nevada, Spain. 

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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Jakara Anthony

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.

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John Farrow

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. 

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Deanna Lockett

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.

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Jackie Narracott

Born: Brisbane, Queensland

Jaclyn (Jackie) Narracott will hope to realise her Olympic dream at the PyeongChang 2018 Games after following in her family’s footsteps with uncle Paul Narracott being Australia’s first athlete to compete at both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

26-year-old Narracott will take to the skeleton track 34 years after her uncle Paul’s debut, who competed in the men’s 100m and 200m sprint at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 before participating in the two-man bobsleigh at Albertville 1992.

The Queenslander, who has a strong athletics background, took her first ride on a skeleton sled in 2012 and made her skeleton World Cup debut at the end of 2014 with her best result to date being a 7th place finish at the Lake Placid World Cup in January 2016.

Narracott has had several top-10 finishes at North American Cup events, including winning silver in Calgary in November 2016 before finishing 17th at the 2017 World Championships in Königssee, Germany.

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Alex Pullin

Born: Mansfield, Victoria

Snowboard Cross veteran, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin will hope to make his third Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games after 17th and 13th place finishes at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 respectively.

With years of experience on his side, the 29-year-old finished the 2016/17 World Cup season ranked fourth in the world. He won the Feldberg World Cup in Germany in February, and won two bronze World Cup medals in Montafon, Austria and Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

At the 2017 Sierra Nevada World Championships in Spain, Chumpy went head-to-head with the world’s best boarders in the six-man final, fighting his way to claim the bronze medal.

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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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Darcie Morton

Born: Melbourne, VIC

Having spent plenty of time training and competing in Europe in recent years, Darcie Morton is now looking to push for a spot at her debut Olympic Games at PyeongChang 2018. 

The daughter of 2006 Winter Olympian Cameron competed at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games where she finished 16th in the 6km Sprint, 26th in the 7.5km Pursuit and 27th with teammate Jethro Mahon in the Mixed Team Relay.

Darcie was selected to compete alongside her brother Damon at the Sapporo 2017 Asian Winter Games where she claimed 17th in the 7.5km sprint, 14th in the 10km pursuit and then 8th with her brother in the mixed relay.

<h5>Harley Windsor</h5>
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Harley Windsor

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.

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Emily Arthur

Born: Woronora Heights, NSW

Emily Arthur had her first taste of Olympic glory at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games, when the Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer won Snowboard Halfpipe silver before claiming 15th in the Slopestyle event.

After qualifying for her first World Cup in August 2013, Arthur won bronze at the Junior World Championships in 2014 and finished 16th at the World Snowboard Championships in Austria in January 2015. Arthur won gold at the Australia and New Zealand Championships in August 2015 before qualifying for the Youth Winter Olympics.

The 2016/17 season saw the 18-year-old finish in the top 20 in all her World Cup events, including a 10th place finish at the Olympic Test Event in PyeongChang. Her season ended with an impressive 17th place finish at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain and a 19th place ranking on the Halfpipe world standings.

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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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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.

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Aimee Watson

Born: Kogarah, NSW

Aimee Watson made history at the Sochi 2014 Games when she lined up alongside her younger brother Callum as the duo became the first siblings to represent Australia in cross country at the same Olympics.

Watson began skiing when she was three having grown up in Cooma on the NSW snowfields and would go on to make her Olympic debut in Sochi where her best result was a 54th in the 30km freestyle mass start.

She competed at the PyeongChang 2018 test event where she finished 27th in the Skiathlon and 31st in the individual sprint. 

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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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Anton Grimus

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. 

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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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Nicole Parks

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

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Rohan Chapman-Davies

Born: Sydney, NSW

In 2015 Rohan Chapman-Davis became the first Australia male to podium on the North American Cup, finishing 3rd overall.

The 25-year-old secured his current top 30 world ranking during the 2016/17 season. He had two finals appearances in the single mogul World Cup races in Ruka Finland, and Val St Come, Canada, and finished 9th in the Tazawako dual moguls in Japan. Chapman-Davies qualified for the Sierra Nevada 2017 World Championships in Spain, where he placed 15th in the singles mogul event.

An unfortunate crash in training at the 2017 World Championships required Chapman-Davies to undergo shoulder reconstruction surgery, but he is confident that he will be in peak form in February 2018.