Lydia Lassila (35, Aerial)

Four-time Olympic competitor Lydia Lassila won her first Olympic medal, a gold in the Aerials discipline, at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Following with a bronze in 2014 at Sochi.

In 2010, she was awarded 'The Don' Award by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Following a two season break during which she gave birth to her second son, her inspirational return to form. This included: three gold medals at this year's Aerial World Cup Final in Moscow, and qualification for the 2018 Australian Winter Olympics team. All of this earning the 35 year old athlete the AOC's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Britt Cox (22, Mogul Skiing)

Born into a family of Mogul Skiing enthusiasts, centered around the Victoria skiing hub of Falls Creek, it would be fair to say that Britt has skiing running through her veins. Her international career began in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, where she was the youngest competitor at the games.

Cox achieved her first podium position shortly afterwards. Scoring a bronze at the 2011-12 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. Then another in the same event the following year.

In 2015 Britt took a bronze at the World Championships Freestyle event in Kreischberg. Then returning with vengeance in 2017 to take a gold at the Sierra Nevada Championships. Becoming the Women's Freestyle Skiing World Champion.

Britt is a strong favorite for a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, after becoming the first female Australian to win the Women's Mogul Crystal Globe at the 2016-17 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup.

Scotty James (22, Snowboard Halfpipe)

Scotty 'Scoota' James is another Australian athlete who is in top form as we enter the 2017-18 season. Scotty began skiing at the age of 3, and joined Britt at the 2010 Vancouver games. Also 15, becoming the youngest male competitor there for 50 years. He has collected a bronze and gold medal on the SuperPipe, at Winter X Games in Aspen, as well as a bronze in the Dual Storm event.

James claimed the Snowboarding Halfpipe World Champion title in 2015. A title which he successfully defended in 2017, becoming the first person in history to do so. This making him an odds-on favorite for gold at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. 

Mitch Gourley (25, Alpine)

Mitch first represented his country at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics. An alpine skiing specialist, Gourley performed with grit in the Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined events, at Vancouver. Then at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

Mitch's hard work finally paid off in 2016, at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, Tarvisio. This is where he took gold in the overall Men's Super-Combined Standings.

Tess Coady (16, Snowboarding Freestyle)

Another Australian athlete to watch out for in the coming Winter Olympic Games is 16 year old recipient of the AOC's Rising Star Award, Tess Coady. The young snowboarder did well at this year's Mammoth World Snowboarding Slopestyle event, earning a respectable 6th place.

Many expect Tess to do well for her team in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. After yet another strong performance during qualifying for the Women's Big Air and Slopestyle events at the 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships. This is where the teen athlete outperformed many of the sport's established and more experienced competitors.

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