15/04/2024

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It was an eventful day for Australia in the Winter Olympics, we saw medals, including gold; personal bests; and massive upsets. Here's the full Day Two recap:

It was an action-packed day of Winter Olympics filled plenty of success for Australia on Day Two in Beijing.

Today has been what will go down as a historical day for Australia at the Winter Olympics featuring, medals (including Gold), personal bests and upsets.

Curling

A rollercoaster of emotions must be the feeling in the Australian changerooms right. Beginning the day believing it wasn’t going to compete, Tahli Gill tested positive to COVID-19, resulting in her and teammate, Dean Hewitt, being told their Winter Olympics was over.

However, a twist in the tale saw them reprieved and able to compete if the pair followed the Close Contact provisions.

Australia had two matches, one against Switzerland and the other against Canada.

Up against the Swiss duo first, Australia won the first two ends, resulting in three points on the board. Australia then lost next three ends which had the Swiss up 6-3 with three ends remaining.

Gill and Hewitt were able to win those three ends and finishing as victors, 9-6, making it the first official Winter Olympic curling match that Australia has ever won.

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Australia’s final curling match in the 2022 Winter Olympics against Canada ended with the commentator dubbing it the ‘upset of the tournament’.

Canada had a 5-2 win/loss record before the match compared to Australia’s 1-7. The underdogs played without fear and took out the opening four ends, providing an Australia lead of 7-0.

An incredible fifth end from Canada saw them more than half the deficit with a four-point round, and after eight ends, the match was tied.

In the end Australia held on in the extra end, shocking one of the favourites for gold as they exit the tournament. An incredible ending to the tale of Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic curling team.

Cross Country-Skiing

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Australia in the men’s 15km + 15km race event in the Skiathlon. Representing Australia is 23-year-old Seve de Campo and 30-year-old Phil Bellingham.

The pair were forced to withdraw from the race after being lapped by the leaders, however, their Winter Olympic journeys are not finished as they will compete in the men’s sprint event on Tuesday.

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Freestyle Skiing

A truly historical day for Australia as 23-year-old, Jakara Anthony, took home the gold medal.

Competing alongside fellow Australians Britteny Cox and Sophie Ash, the day belonged to Anthony. She was the best competitor all day, winning both qualifying rounds, and then winning the gold medal.

It was a truly outstanding performance as Anthony’s first qualifying score would’ve been enough alone to win the gold, but even then, she was able to improve with each run

Anthony’s final score was an 83.09, blowing the competition out of the snow with the next highest, from a different competitor, being Anri Kawamura’s 80.72 in the first qualifying round.

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Luge

Townsville boy, Alexander Ferlazzo, can be extremely proud of his efforts in the men’s singles luge run.

Needing to rank in the top 20 to qualify for the medal runs, Ferlazzo placed 17th in the qualifying run.  In the medal run, Ferlazzo recorded a personal best time of 3:53.219, just under five seconds from the gold medallist.

Ferlazzo has now competed in four separate Winter Olympic tournaments and is the first Australian to do so in the luge event, an incredible effort for a 26-year-old.

Snowboard

Whilst it was a tough break for Matthew Cox in the men’s slopestyle qualifiers, in the women’s, it was Tess Coady winning bronze.

Cox failed to qualify for the final after producing scores of 34.46 and 39.98 of were only enough to place 26th overall.

Cox still has the big air event to compete in a week’s time, so his games aren’t over just yet.

Coady on the hand scored an 84.15 in the women’s event and getting herself on the podium, winning Australia’s first medal of the Winter Olympic games.

Coady is also competing in the women’s big air event in a week’s time. The 21-year-old will be able to show off her medal to friends and family back in Melbourne when she returns.

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