Australia will be offered several legitimate chances at Gold Medal glory during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
We may be the land of BBQs and beaches, but the Aussies have a real shot at rising above the ‘B-Team’ status that tends to follow out winter athletes and ultimately, win some medals. Australia is the only country from the Southern hemisphere that has been able to consistently appear on the medal table at the Winter Games since Steve Bradbury skated us to glory in 2002.
Check out some of the best chances for Australia to medal at the 2018 PyeongChang games below!
Scotty James (Snowboarding)
The half-pipe young gun is currently ranked number one in the men’s halfpipe competition. Though charged with overcoming the likes of American Shaun White and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, the Aussie is a real chance of ending up on the podium.
Britt Cox (Moguls)
You’ll see Britt Cox in the final of the Women’s Moguls on Monday. Cox progressed with a score of 76.78, as the sixth best qualifier of the day. There’s three other Australians who could make the cut for the final, but Cox is the one to watch. Along with James, she represents Australia’s best hopes of a gold medal.
Lydia Lassila (Aerials)
Lydia Lassila will be at her fifth Winter Olympics. Lasssila has won three World Cup events and is looking for medal glory in her last outing in Australian colours.
Matt Graham (Moguls)
Matt Graham remains Australia’s best hope for a medal in the Men’s Mogul event. Graham has put in a number of good performances in the lead-up to PyeongChang, with a third place at the World Cup event in January.
Alex Pullin (Boardercross)
Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin will be a favourite for a medal amongst the Aussies. Pullin finished a disappointing 13th at Sochi in 2014 and will hell-bent on redemption in Korea.
David Morris (Aerials)
Aussie David Morris will be hoping for a repeat of his performance at Sochi, having nailed a four-twist, triple somersault to claim a silver medal at the Russian games. If Morris can replicate that form he is a serious medal chance.
Tess Coady (Snowboarding)
Tess Coady may be Australia’s youngest member of the Winter Olympics Team, but she is a real chance of a podium finish. The rising Aussie star has a number of world titles to her name.
Belle Brockhoff (Boardercross)
Belle Brockhoff has battled back from serious knee injuries to remain at the top of her sport. The Aussie has had a few promising results in the Snowboard-X series to put her into contention heading into the Korean Olympics.