With the Beijing Winter Olympics fast approaching, we look at Australia's best medal prospects.

With the Beijing Winter Olympics fast approaching, The Inner Sanctum looks at Australia’s best medal prospects for Beijing 2022.

Scotty James – Snowboard Halfpipe

After starting favourite four years ago in PyeongChang, where he finished with a bronze medal, Australia’s most recent flagbearer Scotty James will be looking to add a gold medal to his collection at his fourth Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The 28-year-old’s results in the past 12 months have been promising, placing second at both the World Cup in Laax in January and the World Championships in Aspen in March last year.

James’ qualifying round is on February 9 with the final – which takes place over three runs – scheduled for February 11.

Medal Chance: 6/10.

2018 flag-bearer Scotty James. (Photo: Olympic Winter Institute of Australia)

Belle Brockhoff – Snowboard Cross (Individual and Team)

Competing at her 3rd Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the 29-year-old will be looking to improve on her 8th place in Sochi in 2014 and 11th in PyeongChang.

An ACL injury and COVID-19 have meant regular competition has been difficult for Brockhoff over the past four years, however, recent results are cause for optimism that she can breakthrough for an elusive medal.

A gold medal in the newly created teams event with Jarryd Hughes and a fourth-place finish in the individual snowboard cross at the 2021 World Championships in Idre Fjäll means she is in great form heading into the Olympics.

Brockhoff’s individual event qualification and finals are on February 9, with the teams event taking place on February 12.

Medal Chance (Individual): 5/10; Medal Chance (Team): 8/10.

Belle Brockhoff has overcome adversity to reach these Olympics. (Video: Twitter)

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Jakara Anthony – Mogul Skiing

The 23-year-old will be hoping to place at least one better and claim a medal in Beijing after her fourth-place finish in PyeongChang in 2018.

Since those Olympics, she has continued to hone her craft and has produced many impressive results, including a second-place finish at the 2019 World Cup in Deer Valley, winning the 2019 World Championships in Lake Placid and six podium finishes in the current pre-Olympics season.

Anthony will be hoping this good form continues when qualification commences February 3, with the final on February 6.

Medal Chance: 8/10

Jakara Anthony is looking to go one better and medal at Beijing 2022. (Photo: Olympic Winter Institute
of Australia)

Danielle Scott – Aerial Skiing

31-year-old Danielle Scott will be competing in her 3rd Olympic Games, looking to improve on her ninth-place finish in Sochi 2014.

Scott’s results over the years have steadily improved and include second place at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada in 2017. Recent results include a gold medal in the lead-up event in Finland, a result which should give her great confidence heading into Beijing.

Qualification for Danielle is on February 13 with the final on February 14.

Medial Chance: 3/10

Danielle Scott mid-air. (Photo: Olympic Winter Institute of Australia)

Jackie Narracott – Skeleton

They say winning form is good form, so what better way to prepare than placing first in the most recent lead-up event in St. Moritz. This was Australia’s first-ever win at a world cup event in any sliding sport.

The 31-year-old competed in Pyeongchang in 2018, placing a respectable 16th. Since then, she has steadily improved, achieving a 9th place finish at the World Cup in 2019.

She has a unique place in history as the daughter of Paul Naracott, who was the first person to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics for Australia.

Naracott’s events will take place on February 11 and 12.

Medal Chance: 2/10

Jackie Naracott won Australia’s first ever gold medal in any sliding event in the Skeleton on January 15. (Photo: Twitter)

Other Australians to Watch Out For

Bree Walker is competing in her first Olympic Games in both the monobob (one-person bobsleigh) and two-person bobsleigh. Her recent podium finish in a lead-up event in the monobob will give her confidence to produce a personal best in Beijing. Medal Chance: 3/10.

Jarryd Hughes will be hopeful the newly formed teams event in the snowboard cross will see him win a medal alongside teammate Belle Brockhoff. Medal Chance: 8/10.

Cam Bolton’s recent snowboarding form, having just missed out on three podium places, will give him confidence heading into Beijing. Medal Chance: 2/10.

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