Inspirational Aussie women at PyeongChang 2018
8 March 2018
PYEONGCHANG 2018: To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, take a look at some of the amazing achievements of our female athletes at the recent PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
• Our PyeongChang 2018 Team was 45% female athletes.
• 6 Aussie women made the finals in their respective sports.
• A whopping 86% of females in the Team recorded top-20 results.
• Lydia Lassila became the first Australian female to compete at 5 Winter Olympic Games.
• Holly Crawford joined an elite group of athletes to have competed at 4 Winter Olympic Games.
• Barbara Jezersek equalled the best ever Australian Olympic cross country skiing result with 33rd in the Women’s 10km free – the result matches Chris Heberle’s 33rd place finish in the men’s 15km Classic event at the Calgary 1988 Games and beats the previous best by an Australian female which had been held by Colleen Bolton (35th - 10km Classic, 1980).
• Jess Rich and Belle Brockhoff both defied the odds to bounce back from knee injures to compete at PyeongChang, where Jess Rich was one place off qualifying for the Big Air finals in 13th place and Belle Brockhoff finished 11th in Snowboard Cross.
• Olympic debutant Jess Yeaton competed in the most events out of anyone in the Australian Team, racing in 5 Cross Country skiing events, including the grueling 30km Free race. Plus, alongside triple Olympian Barbara Jezersek, the duo recorded Australia’s best ever Team Sprint Cross Country result, finishing 12th.
• Greta Small recorded Australia’s best women’s Downhill Alpine result with a 20th place finish.