Australian Winter Olympics Athletes Poised for Strong Showing

We are accustomed to Australian athletes making strong showings in the Summer Olympic Games; after all, freestyle swimming was once called the Australian crawl.

None of the other strokes have a country name associated with them.

English butterfly would make a good one, though, you must admit.

We could arbitrarily assign the region of the Nordic countries to the backstroke and call it the Scandinavian backstroke.

As for the breaststroke, well, we are not going anywhere near that one, lest we be accused by former girlfriends of inappropriate behaviour.

So, with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games set to start off in the next couple of days, it is a bit surprising to learn that Australia will send a contingent of 51 to the snowy environs of South Korea, some with a legitimate chance at some precious metal medals, although bronze does not command a lofty price in the commodity markets.

Australians will be in alpine skiing, which we are going to insist being called Australian skiing. Aussies will also be in the bobsleigh, or as the less aristocratic parts of the world refer to it, bobsled.

Seven other Olympic codes will have Australian competitors as well.

Australian strengths are moguls skiing, aerial skiing, snowboard cross and snowboard half-pipe.

Seventeen Aussie athletes have taken medals in World Cup events, combining for more than 50 medals.

The reigning moguls World Champion in moguls skiing is Britt Cox. Scotty James makes the same claim for snowboarding.

Ian Chesterman, the overseer of the Australian Winter Olympics team, claims, “This is the best performed team that we’ve taken to an Olympic Games with a large number of athletes who have established that they are amongst the very best in their sports globally.”

The first opportunity to see an Aussie athlete vie for a medal will be on February 11, when Britt Cox will ski the bumps in the women’s moguls, assuming that she makes the finals, which is assumption just this side of a foregone conclusion.