Lydia Lassila Bio

From a very young age Lydia’s goal was to win an Olympic Gold medal, the only problem she faced was that she didn’t know what sport she wanted to do it in. At first she looked to gymnastics but, with opportunities missed, it was not meant to be and injury forced her into retirement at the age of 16. It was only when she heard of a unique program in Australia that was transforming ex-gymnasts into aerial skiers that she turned her attention to the snow. She had never even skied before, but her passion for competition and burning desire to be an Olympic Champion was enough to overcome any obstacle that stood in her way.

Lydia Lassila Bio

In less than two years, Lydia was competing in the finals of the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, where she finished 8th. The following year in 2003, she was already ranked #2 in the world, which she backed up for another three years with multiple World Cup wins and podium finishes. Her rise to the top ranks was the most rapid in the sports history. In a way it was her over ambition and impatient nature that was keeping her from the elusive #1 spot as she describes herself “I wanted to push boundaries and break new ground in women’s aerial skiing and I wanted to jump like a man. In many ways, my will was stronger than my skills in the early days and I lacked patience and smart planning. I flew by the seat of my pants and often set myself up for injury and disappointment. I believed that my hard work would eventually pay off and it wasn’t until later in my career, after a devastating injury at the Torino Olympics in 2006, that I realised I didn’t need to work harder, I needed to work smarter.”

And that she did. After a number of knee operations Lydia returned to the sport in the 2007-2008 season and quickly regained her world #2 status. With her new outlook on competition she didn’t stay there for long. One month before the Vancouver Olympics she scored a 220.91 executing a new jump that no woman had ever completed before. That year in Vancouver Lassila achieved her childhood dream and won the Olympic Gold medal in the highest scoring final of all time and became world #1.

Lydia’s gold medal was her most prized possession but only up until Mother’s Day 2011, when her son Kai was introduced to the world. Lydia is now back on her skis and more focused than ever. She has her sights set on lifting her second Olympic gold medal and this time she will have lil Kai there to cheer her on.

A superb athlete and a dedicated mum.

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