Hopefuls to Watch
Find out all the athletes that are in contnetion to represent Australia at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Born: Perth, WA
Moguls skier Brodie Summers secured his place on the 2014 Australian Winter Olympic Team when he produced two top-20 World Cup results just prior to the Sochi Games. Summers qualified best of the three Australians for Final 1 at Sochi, but then missed out on a spot in Final 2 by 0.1 of a point, placing 13th overall.
The skier from Melbourne ended the 2016/2017 World Cup series ranked eighth in the world in his discipline having podiumed twice in the season, winning silver at the World Cup in Thaiwoo and bronze in dual moguls in Deer Valley.
The 23-year-old was the best placed Australian male at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, narrowly missing out on a top-10 finish after placing 11th in an extremely competitive field.
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: 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.
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: Sydney, NSW
After making his first mark on the international snowboard cross circuit in 2012, claiming a silver medal at the Junior World Championships, Jarryd Hughes will look to line up for his second Olympic Games at PyeongChang.
Hughes was ranked number two in the world on the FIS World Cup Rankings heading into his debut Games at Sochi, but finished in a disappointing 17th place.
In 2016, the youngster had a momentous victory at the X-Games in Aspen, CO, USA, where the Sydney-sider led a historic 1-2 finish, with teammate Alex Pullin in second.
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.
Born: San Diego, USA
Kent Callister was the surprise packet of the men’s Snowboard Halfpipe in Sochi, where he made his Olympic debut. The 18-year-old came ninth in a star-studded field that included defending Olympic Champion Shaun White.
Callister started competing in FIS races in both Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle in 2010 and finished 15th at the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada. Two years later, with an Olympic experience under his belt, Callister finished sixth at the Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.
The 21-year-old finished in the top-20 in all events during the 2016/17 World Cup season, his best result an eighth place at Mammoth Mounatin and at the Olympic Test Event in Phoenix PyeongChang.
The great nephew of the man who invented Vegemite placed 11th at the 2017 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain and ended the season ranked 13th in the world.
Born: Jindabyne, NSW
19-year-old Georgia Baff will look to make her Olympic debut at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in her chosen discipline of Snowboard Cross.
Baff grew up in Jindabyne as a skier before switching to snowboarding in 2012 on the advice of her father, renowned coach Peter Baff.
After finishing fourth at the 2015 Junior World Championships, Baff showed serious improvement during the 2017 season, securing eight top ten finishes after 11 starts in the North American Cup circuit.
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: 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.
Born: East St Kilda, VIC
After trying his hand in moguls, Ryley Lucas turned his attention to Ski Slopestyle and made his international debut on the North-American Cup circuit in 2015.
The following year he stood upon his first Nor-Am podium when he won bronze at Buttermilk Mountain in February 2016.
21-year-old Lucas contested four World Cup events in 2017 with his best result being a 27th place finish in Font Romeu in January. He made his World Championships debut in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where he placed 39th.
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.
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.
Born: Cooma, NSW
Triple Olympian Torah Bright was destined for snowboard greatness – she started on skis at the age of two, began snowboarding at 11 and turned professional by the time she was 14.
In 2006, when she finished fifth at the Torino Winter Olympics, she had three wins on the World Cup circuit, including the US Open. After carrying the Australian flag at the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver 2010, Bright won gold with a series of gravity-defying tricks, culminating in a switch backside 720 - a double spinning manoeuvre performed by no other woman.
At Sochi 2014 Bright became the first competitor to compete in three snowboard events at the same Games, taking on the Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross in addition to the Halfpipe. After finishing seventh in the Slopestyle on Day 2, the 27-year-old produced a blistering performance in the Halfpipe on Day 5 to earn the silver medal. Bright would go on to finish equal 18th in the Snowboard Cross, proving she was truly the most versatile and talented snowboarder at the Games.
After Sochi, Bright won bronze at the 2015 X Games and placed sixth at the 2015 World Snowboard Championships in Austria, before taking some time off from competition.
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: Sydney, NSW
Nate Johnstone was the first Australian to win the World Snowboard Halfpipe Championships in 2011. The same year he also won the FIS World Cup Crystal Globe for Halfpipe and the first ever overall Freestyle Crystal Globe.
He made his Olympic debut in Sochi at the age of 23. A gutsy semi-final performance was not quite enough to get Johnstone through, missing out on a spot in the final by just one place, finishing 13th overall.
He placed 11th at the Mammoth Mountain World Cup in February 2017, before placing 31st at the Olympic Test Event at Phoenix PyeongChang. Johnstone placed 14th at the Sierra Nevada 2017 World Championships in Spain.
Born: Melbourne, VIC
Alpine skier Louis Muhlen wore the green and gold for Australia at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer winning a surprise bronze medal in the ski cross event.
Having finished 17th and 29th in the Alpine Combined and Super G events, Muhlen decided to also line up in ski cross where he became one of five Australians to record a podium finish in Norway.
Muhlen attends the Sugar Bowl Academy in California and regularly competes in North America. He secured three podium finishes in the 2017 season and also finished in the top 30 in both the Giant Slalom and Downhill at the 2017 Junior 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: 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.
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.
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.
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: Melbourne, VIC
A young gun on the rise, Katerina Paul had a breakout season just in time to push towards a PyeongChang 2018 berth.
The daughter of biathlon Olympians Sandra Paintin-Paul and Andrew Paul, Paul started skiing when she was four and starting competing at 15.
In 2013 she began spending some of her time training in the US and after competing at the 2015 and 2016 Junior World Championships she made her senior World Championships debut in 2017.
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: 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.