Lillehammer 2016 – Your Aussie Heroes

Australia and winter sports don’t seem to go together.

We competed in 12 Winter Olympics before we won our first medal, but since then we’ve been slowly improving, winning one in 1994 & 1998, two in 2002 & 2006, and three in 2010 & 2014.

One of our reasons for improving could be the Youth Winter Olympics. Our flagbearer at Innsbruck 2012,Greta Small, competed in Sochi 2014, meaning there’s definitely something there.

Some of the athletes we’ve sent to Lillehammer could be the gold medalists of the 2026 Winter Olympics.

So, let’s see who could be the pride of Australia in ten year’s time.

Alpine Skiing

Louis Muhlen (17). The Melbourne skier may be one of the favourites, finishing 1st in the Giant Slalom in the Sugar Bowl series in California.

Katie Parker (17). Also a contender, Parker won medals in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom in the Sugar Bowl. Another Melburnian.

Biathlon

Jethro Mahon (17). Mahon finished top three in the Australian Biathlon Championships. One to watch.

Darcie Morton (16). Daughter of an Olympian, U19 Australian champion, and Aussie representative at the Junior Table Tennis Championships. Nice CV.

Cross Country

Liam Burton (17). Burton comes from Jindabyne and is also an accomplished triathlete. Torah Bright bought her first snowboard from his dad.

Lilly Boland (16). She comes from the delightfully named Ulladulla, and seems to have some potential.

Ice Hockey individual skills

Madison Poole (15). One of the youngest Australian competitors, West Australian Poole will be looking to live up to Sharnita Crompton’s legacy of bronze at Innsbruck 2012.

Jake Riley (15). The only South Australian competitor and the youngest Aussie in the Games, Riley enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes and loves the movie Happy Gilmore.

Freestyle Skiing

Cameron Waddell (16). The Jindabyne local won the Thredbo Snow Series and performed well at the Australian Junior Championships.

Doug Crawford (17). Doug had a podium finish at the SSA Series in Mount Hotham, and lists ‘drinking coffee’ as one of his hobbies.

Zali Offord (17). Offord is named after Zali Steggall, the first Australian to win an individual medal at the Winter Olympics.

Luge

Beth Slade (15). She got into luge from Hannah Campell-Pegg, an Olympian and a family friend. Gradually improving at the Junior World Cup.

Short Track Speed Skating

Julia Moore (17). The former figure skater has had a placing in the past four Australian National Championships.

Snowboard Cross

Alex Dickson (17). From Jindabyne, Dickson won the Junior National Championships and the Interschools Competition last year.

Mollie Fernandez (17). Fernandez, from Geelong, began snowboarding at the age of six years old.

Snowboard Freestyle

Emily Arthur (16). Arthur followed Vancouver 2010 very closely, to the extent of writing down all of the competitors and their scores in a notebook.

Mahalah Mullins (17). Shared a primary school with Vancouver Olympian Brittany Cox, and her hero is Eddy the Eagle.

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