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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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Alex Ferlazzo

Born: Townsville, Queensland

Born and raised in the tropical North Queensland city of Townsville, Alex Ferlazzo will be hoping to make his second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang Games after the now 22-year-old made his debut at the Sochi 2014 Games.

After taking up the sport of luge in 2010, Ferlazzo competed at the inaugural 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria finishing 19th.

Two years later and Ferlazzo was at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at just 18-years-old where he finished a credible 33rd of 39 sleds, up against much older, stronger and more experienced athletes. Later that year, Ferlazzo made history by winning gold in the Junior Worlds in Canada, Australia's first luge medal at this level.

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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.

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Louis Muhlen

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. 

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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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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. 

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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Sami Kennedy-Sim

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. 

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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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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.

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. 

<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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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.

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Jarryd Hughes

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.

<h5>Samantha Wells hopeful</h5>
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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. 

<h5>Phil Bellingham Hopeful</h5>
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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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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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Pierre Boda

Born: Camperdown, NSW

Pierre Boda was 20 when he made his Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, competing in the men’s 500m short track speed skating event. Boda put together a solid race but just wasn’t quite able to be in the first two over the line, finishing 30th overall.

Boda placed 10th in the 1000m at the Olympic Test Event in Gangneung, Korea in December 2016 before being selected as one of 30 athletes to represent Australia at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo.

Against an extremely competitive field in Japan, Boda finished 10th in the 1500m and 14th in the 1000m before helping the Australian men’s relay team place 7th in the 5000m relay. He finished the 2017 season with an overall world ranking of 35.

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Ryley Lucas

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.

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Torah Bright

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.

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Belle Brockhoff

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. 

<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. 

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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.

<h5>Aimee Watson</h5>
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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. 

<h5>Harry Laidlaw hopeful</h5>
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Harry Laidlaw

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.

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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.