Australia Nowhere Nearer To Gold
Australia is very likely to end up with exactly the same medal tally as in the 2014 Winter Olympics – with one pair of silvers and a bronze. However, considering the success of the young team members, there is much hope for gold in the future yet. In fact, the team has a very youthful complexion indeed, something that bodes particularly well for the future of Australian participation in the Winter Olympics.
This having been said, there was a lot of hope among team members in the lead-up to Pyeongchang that this would indeed be the year for the gold to come home, making the eventual disappointment that this has not happened all the greater.
One of the biggest surprises was moguls champion Britt Cox, having entered the competition as one of Australia’s best chances for winning gold. He however ended fifth in a very nail-biting final, and no thanks to the daunting weather conditions.
The average age statistic is indeed a very positive one. In 2014, the medals were lapped up by Australian athletes aged 32, 29 and 27. This year, the medals came from the ranks of athletes aged 23, 23 and 22. The young squad stepped up to the challenge in a big way and it’s an exciting prospect that four years down the line, Australia will most probably have at its disposal its best chance yet of bringing home the gold.
No Winners In Signature Event
A slightly more worrying statistic is the fact that Australia has failed to perform in what used to be an Aussie powerhouse event, the aerials skiing competition. The 2018 Games are the first in all of 20 years that Australia has not brought home a medal in neither the men’s or the women’s division of the event.
The event is particularly well suited to a country not experiencing a great deal of snow and Australia’s failure to perform is a worrying idea, to say the least. More worrying than that, is the fact that the sport has yielded a third of all Winter Olympic medals won by Australia. Up until now, that is.
Without one or two medal hopes in aerials skiing in the future, Australia’s overall success at the Games could suffer severely. On the other hand, it’s easy to lose track of the fact of just how difficult it is for a country largely without snow to make any form of a dent at all in a competition like the Winter Olympic Games.
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