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Is this Australia’s next Winter Olympics gold medallist?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

Matt Graham

Breakthrough win … Matt Graham took out the Deer Valley World Cup moguls event last month. Pic: OWIA/Andrew Pattison

  • Matt Graham won his first World Cup moguls event at Deer Valley this season
  • He has 5 World Cup podium finishes
  • As a 19 year-old he was 7th in Sochi
  • Graham is still good mates with Dale Begg-Smith, chatting often a few times a week with the Olympic gold and silver medallist about his technique.

As far as preparation for the 2015/16 winter went, Matt Graham’s couldn’t get much worse.

In a sport known for mangling meniscuses Graham instead decided it’d be more fun to injure himself falling off a fence a little over a metre high while collecting a volleyball in Park City, Utah back in June.

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What are our Aussie winter athletes up to?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

 

With a number of World Cup events on this weekend and just over two years out from the 2018 Games, The Snow Gauge caught up with Olympic Winter Institute boss Geoff Lipshut to discuss where the Australian athletes were at and what to expect this season. He also let us in on a very interesting update on the Perisher Superpipe …

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Torah Bright – it’s about the snowboarding, stupid!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

Torah Bright talks … snowboarding. Want something else, go somewhere else!

Remove the sponsors, the looks, the ex-husband, the current fiance, talk about religion, funding feuds and approximately 1,211 other peripheral issues to snowboarding and what do you have left with Torah Bright?

Australia’s greatest winter athlete.

Sport loves a side story, a back story and a colour story. It gives context and meaning. But sometimes in the search for something else the real story of just how good an athlete is gets missed.

 

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A fifth Winter Olympics for Lydia Lassila?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015

For Lydia Lassila it’s the $8 million question to which she has a simple answer: build a proper water jump facility for snow athletes in Australia and she’ll have a crack at a fifth Winter Olympics.

For those that don’t know, water ramps can be just as key for winter athletes as the snowbound facilities. It is here where they spend their summers (and often parts of their winters) to learn, perform and perfect the tricks they will take to the hills.

A water jump facility was initially slated to be built in east Brisbane but the project was halted in 2013, then Liberal Premier Campbell Newman calling it a “luxury item the people of Queensland simply cannot afford”. The NSW far north coast town of Lennox Head then became a possible home for the site but development plans are still on ice, waiting for funding from the state and federal governments.

Ok, I can hear the guffaws already. I love winter sports and even I have my doubts. But the the two-time Winter Olympic medallist (Vancouver 2010, gold and Sochi 2014 bronze) lays down a case as smooth as her triple-twisting double-somersaults.

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Update: Snowboarder Steph claims gymnastics silver

Posted by on May 24, 2015

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From Sochi to Rio? Anything looks possible for
Steph Magiros after the Winter Olympian claimed
silver on the vault at the Australian Gymnastics
Championships. Photo: Harry Magiros

After scraping into the vault final at the Australian Gymnastics Championships Steph Magiros has performed superbly to finish second.

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