The Aussie Youth Winter Olympics Roundup – Days 1-4

Here’s the first of three round ups from Statscrunch, in regards to the Australians competing at the Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. We’ve had three full days of competition now, with six to go, and Australia seems to be blowing the competition away in some areas.

The Medal Table

 Australia has a rather high haul of four medals, with three silvers and a bronze. Unsurprisingly, America sits top, but a great result for South Korea!

The Lighting of the Olympic Flame

The Aussie Performances.

Australia’s already won four medals, all with great performances. 

Emily Arthur was the first, scoring 90 in the halfpipe to win the silver on Sunday. This was Australia’s first Winter YOG silver medal.

The snowboard cross was brilliant for the Aussies. In the girls, Mollie Fernandez cruised through to the final, a great result for the 16 year old. She came fourth, but still a great result. In the men’s, Alex Dickson went through his heats undefeated, and came in to the final in hot form, it looked to be a competition between him and American Paul Vedder. And it was incredible, the four competitors crossing the line within a second and a half of each other. Vedder got the win despite falling over on the line, Dickson finishing second just.

  Alex Dickson (yellow) shares a hug with Paul Vedder after finishing top two in the snowboard cross final. Source: Olympics – YouTube (screenshot from the live stream).
Louis Muhlen finished third in the boys ski cross, but the real story belongs to Zali Offord. Zali was concussed in a race in Switzerland just a month ago, but has rallied to finish second behind Switzerland’s Talina Gantenbein. Get the feeling that ski and snowboard races will be the future of Australian winter sports… (Photo: Lillehammer 2016 official website)


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