A record six Australian XC skiers have been selected to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The final two athletes were confirmed on Thursday January 25 following the allocation of final quota places by FIS. Phillip Bellingham, Barbara Jezersek, Aimee Watson, Callum Watson, Casey Wright and Jessica Yeaton will represent Australia at the games, which will take place in South Korea from February 10-25.
AUSXC Head Coach Valerio Leccardi will lead the XC contingent to Pyeongchang, with a dedicated support team of Randy Gibbs (head wax tech), Gus Kaeding (wax tech), Paul Moore (wax tech), and Finn Marsland (coach/tech).
Bellingham, Jezersek, Yeaton and Callum Watson are in action on World Cup in Seefeld this weekend, while Aimee Watson and Wright are undertaking their final preparation for Pyeongchang in Silver Star and Anchorage respectively. All team members fly into Seoul on February 5, with the women’s Skiathlon the first event on February 10.
While each athlete has their main individual events they are targeting, a key event for Australia at these games is the Team Sprint on February 21. The Aussie pairs of Jezersek/Yeaton and Bellingham/Watson achieved breakthrough results in this event at the Dresden World Cup earlier this month, with the women making the final and finishing 10th and the men knocking off a number of top nations to finish 12th.
News via AUSXC.com during the games will be limited, but the performances of the XC athletes can be followed via @ausxc on social media and the Australian Olympic Team website.
XC Event Schedule
Support Team – Updated 31 January
|Valerio Leccardi||Randy Gibbs|
|Gus Kaeding||Paul Moore|