Lydia Lassila, an Australian Olympic aerial ski champion, began believing when she was a child: that one day, she would win an Olympic gold medal.

This, and so much more she has achieved during her 19 year sporting career. After first winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, she has overcome horrific knee injuries, and took some time out to have a family. Only to make more than one spectacular comeback. Now at 35 years old, she aspires to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Lydia began her sporting career as a gymnast 9 years before she became an aerial skier. She was preparing to become an Olympic gymnastics competitor. However, an injury at age 16 forced her to stop gymnastics. But that didn’t stop her from chasing her dreams! She then obtained a second chance to become an Olympic gold medal winner. She was selected to take part in an Australian programme which sought to remould ex-gymnasts as aerial skiers.

After quickly rising through the ranks to become the world’s number two in 2003, and going on to win multiple World Cups for the next three years, she had her first major setback. In June 2005 during a training session, Lydia ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. After extensive knee reconstruction surgery, eight months later at the Torino Winter Olympics, she damaged the same knee. This meant another knee reconstruction, a painful rehabilitation, and a three year break from her beloved sport.

Her amazing comeback after this horrific injury lead up to her gold medal win in 2010 at the Vancouver Olympics. She had finally achieved her childhood dream. However, Lydia then realised this was not actually her ultimate goal. She found she gained more satisfaction by pushing herself to reach her full potential as an athlete. Lassila celebrates winning Gold

After this, she had another break to start her family, giving birth to a son in 2011. She again returned to aerial skiing competition in 2012, competing in the World Cup competition in Changchun, China.  As a consequence of the birth of her second son in 2015, she again retired from competition. Not competing in the 2015 or 2016 winter Olympics.

Lydia is now preparing to qualify to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeong Chang, South Korea. If successful she will become the first Australian woman to compete in five Winter Olympic Games.

She made her mark on the sport of aerial skiing that she will always be remembered for. In 2014 at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Lydia became the first woman to successfully complete a quad-twisting triple somersault (the most complex jump in aerial skiing.) Unfortunately however, because of a bad landing, she missed out on gold for this massive feat, but still obtained the bronze medal.

Apart from Lydia’s sporting wins, another notable achievement was the ‘Don award’ she won in 2010. This award, named after Sir Donald Bradman (Australian cricketing legend), is given to the person who has most inspired Australians during the year by their sporting performance.

Lydia is also featured in a documentary film called, “The Will to Fly”. This film documents her missed opportunities with her 1st love – gymnastics. All the highs and lows in her career. Also, her amazing journey to the Sochi Olympics in 2014, with her history-making quad-twisting triple somersault.

Aside from her athletic life, Lydia also enjoys skiing for fun, travelling, surfing, cooking and spending time with her gorgeous family and friends. As a successful entrepreneur, she runs her own business, BodyIce. She has been designing re-useable, stylish, ice and heat-packs suitable for athletes, children, and mothers.

Lydia’s made history in the sport of freestyle aerial skiing. It’s definitely not a sport for the faint hearted! She has obtained astounding success, and has continued in the sport well past the age when other aerial skiers have long since retired from competition. You could say that Lydia Lassila has more than achieved her childhood dream.

We wish Lydia all the best at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. You can follow Lydia through her blog lydialassila.com.au or on Lydia's Facebook page

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