Alpine skier Greta Small made her second appearance on the Olympic stage in PyeongChang 2018 competing in the women’s downhill, women's Super G and combined event at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Small charged down the course in the women’s downhill in 1:42.07 to see her claim 20th place and a spot in Australian alpine history. In the super G event, Small was gunning for a top 30 finish, but crossed the line in 31st, 2.98 seconds behind gold medallist Esta Ledecka of the Czech Republic in a time of 1:24.09. Unfortunately the 22-year-old recorded a DNF in her pet event, the Combined, after missing a gate in the Downhill run.
At just 18 years of age, Greta Small flew the flag for Australia in every event on the women’s alpine program at Sochi 2014. She scored Australia’s best alpine result of the Games when she placed 15th in her first event, the super combined, added a 29th in downhill, 31st in slalom, 41st in giant slalom and, after missing a gate, recorded a DNF in the super-G.
She began racing at age 11 and was selected to compete at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. Having led the Australian Team as flagbearer she would go on to secure top ten results in the slalom (7th) and super combined (7th) while finishing 13th in both the giant slalom and super combined.
In 2013 Small made her senior World Championships debut securing three top 50 results before winning super-G silver and slalom bronze in the U18 division of the Junior World Championships a couple of weeks later.
She recorded Australia’s best result at the 2015 World Championships before suffering a knee injury at the end of the season that required surgery. Having returned to competition in late 2016 an ACL injury again kept her from the snow and required her to have more surgery. Small returned to competition in late 2017 immediately lining up against the finest skiers on the planet in World Cup events in Lake Louise and St Moritz. She bounced between her base in Austria and Italy in early 2018 competing in the speed events she will focus on in PyeongChang.