Australia at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Infobox Olympics Australia
games=2002 Winter
competitors=27
sports=
flagbearer=Adrian Costa (opening)
Steven Bradbury (closing)
gold=2
silver=0
bronze=0
total=2
rank=15

Australia competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, United States, winning two gold medals in the nation's best performance at the Winter Games.

Overview

Australia's first ever Winter Olympic gold was won by Steven Bradbury in the 1000m short track speed skating. Well off the pace of the medal favourites, Bradbury was positioned at the rear in the semifinal, only to see his competitors crash into each other, allowing him through to the final. Again well off the pace in the final all four other competitors crashed out at the final corner, leaving a shocked Bradbury to take the gold medal.

Alisa Camplin, who hadn't won a world cup event before and was so nervous she didn't eat dinner the night before the final, won the second gold, in aerial skiing. Jacqui Cooper was previously a favourite, but she injured herself before the competition. Australia competed in alpine skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, short-track speed skating and snowboarding. This was the fewest sports Australia had competed in since 1984. No Australian cross-country skiers competed in the Olympics for the first time since 1976, and no bobsleigh sliders competed for the first time since Australia's debut in 1988. Australian bobsleigh slider Will Alstergren said "We also beat half the teams currently in Salt Lake City, but unfortunately we couldn't meet the very high standard of the AOC, the Australian Olympic Committee". Australian selection standards has also been listed as a factor for Australia not competing in cross-country skiing at Salt Lake City.

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Australian broadcaster, the Seven Network, included in its coverage an irreverent talk show called The Ice Dream, which interviewed several celebrities and promoted the Smiggin Holes 2010 Winter Olympic bid. Steven Bradbury and Alisa Camplin's triumphs were celebrated by Australia post issuing stamps of them, which followed on from them issuing stamps of Australian gold medallists at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They were produced by high-speed offset stamp-printing, unlike the digitally produced 2000 stamps. Bradbury's stamp was issued on February 20, and Alisa's was issued on February 22, four days after their respective victories. Each received $20,000 for the use of their image. Steven Bradbury said “Should get me a car. I haven’t had a car for a long time.” and later described having a stamp issued as "a great honour". Alisa was also delighted, saying “For us to be put in with the summer Olympians who had their stamps and the previous 39 sporting legends who’ve had their stamps is amazing.”

Results

Alpine skiing

;Men
* Combined: Aaron Bear (DSQ), Craig Branch (DNC)
* Downhill: Craig Branch (45th/54), Aaron Bear (37th)
* Giant slalom: Bradley Wall (33rd/78)
* Slalom: Michael Dickson (DNF)
* Super-G: Craig Branch (27th/34), Aaron Bear (DSQ)

;Women
* Combined: Jenny Owens (9th/29), Alice Jones (12th), Rowena Bright (24th)
* Downhill: Alice Jones (27th), Jenny Owens (29th)
* Giant slalom: Jeannette Korten (DSQ), Jenny Owens (DNF)
* Slalom: Jeannette Korten (25th/70), Rowena Bright (DNF), Kathrin Nikolussi (DNF), Zali Steggall (DNF)
* Super-G: Jenny Owens (29th/43), Alice Jones (DNF)

Figure skating

* Men: Anthony Liu (10th/28)
* Women: Stephanie Zhang (25th/27)

Freestyle skiing

* Women's aerials: Alisa Camplin (1st/21 - gold), Lydia Ierodiaconou (8th), Jacqui Cooper (DNC - injured)
* Men's moguls: Adrian Costa (18th/30), Trennon Paynter (23rd)
* Women's moguls: Maria Despas (21st/29), Jane Sexton (25th), Manuela Berchtold (27th)

Alisa Camplin provided Australia with its second gold medal for the games.

hort-track speed skating

* 500m: Steven Bradbury (14th/31), Andrew McNee (28th)
* 1000m: Steven Bradbury (1st/29 - gold), Mark McNee (15th)
* 1500m: Steven Bradbury (10th/29), Mark McNee (28th)
* 5000m relay: Australia (Steven Bradbury, Stephen Lee, Alex McEwan, Andrew McNee) (6th/7)

Steven Bradbury won Australia's first gold medal in the 1000 metres event.

Richard Goerlitz also attended these games, but did not compete.

nowboarding

* Parallel giant slalom: Zeke Steggall (26th/32)

ee also

*Australia at the Winter Olympics

External links

* [http://www.olympics.com.au/ Australia NOC]
* [http://www.owia.org/ Olympic Winter Institute of Australia]

References

* "The Compendium: Official Australian Olympic Statistics 1896-2002" Australian Olympic Committee ISBN 0-7022-3425-7
* "Steven Bradbury: Last Man Standing" by Gary Smart and Steven Bradbury ISBN 0-9757287-8-4, 2005.
* [http://www.glenstephens.com/linnsMarch11-02.html Aussie golds in Winter games bring more instant stamps] by Glen Stephens. Linn's stamp news. March 11, 2002.
* "Gold medallists get framed stamps" Australian Olympic Committee February 25, 2002.
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2002/news/2002/02/18/murphy_camplin/ She comes from the land Down Under : Aussie aerialist Camplin captures gold in dramatic fashion]
* [http://www.ausport.gov.au/fulltext/2002/sportsf/s488161.asp The Sports Factor - interview with Will Alstergren]
* [http://www.hoppet.com.au/xc/xcfiles/slc/slc_index.htm XC Files: No Australian Cross Country Skiers...] February 7, 2002.


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