The Australian Olympic Committee has selected Brendan Corey to make his Olympic debut in short track speed skating at Beijing 2022.
Corey’s selection comes after the 24-year-old impressed in his first season competing in the World Cup, finishing the season ranked 11th in the world in the 1000m.
His highlight of the season was that he was able to reach his first A-final with a top-five performance in the November World Cup meet in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
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Australia hasn’t competed in the event since Vancouver 2010, with 2018 Australian Olympian Andy Jung contesting in the 500m and 1500m and has not won a 1000m race since Stephen Bradbury’s iconic win 20 years ago.
Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team for Beijing, Geoff Lipshut, congratulated Brendan on his selection.
“Brendan has had an outstanding season, making a World Cup A-final and finishing the season ranked 11th in the world in just his first season is remarkable,” he said.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Brendan to the Australian Olympic Team for Beijing 2022 today,”
The Canadian-born Australian will compete in both the 1000m and 500m events in Beijing, held at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing.
Corey said today’s selection is the realisation of a lifelong dream and hard work.
“Since I was a little boy, when I first started skating, I always looked at to the Olympics as the goal,” Corey said. “Now I’m here it’s a dream come true for me.”
“Going into my first World Cup season in 2021, I just thought to myself, I’m the underdog going in. Having no pressure on me just let me focus, to stay relaxed, because I’ve been skating for so many years and just let me do my thing and I’m approaching Beijing the same way.
He also hoped that his Olympic performance in Beijing can help inspire some young Australians to hit the ice.
hope the Aussie fans really enjoy watching short track, it’s so exciting to watch – the speed the strategy, the tight turns and just the feeling of going fast. Hopefully, I hope I can help inspire some young Aussies who are watching the Games to take up short track, it’s such a great sport” he told.
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