Australia at the Winter Olympic Games

Australia made its first appearance at the Winter Olympic Games in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and has participated at all since then except in 1948 Games in St. Moritz.

The nation’s Winter Olympic campaign got a boost when the Australian government increased its funding for winter sports, created the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and bought an alpine training base in Austria.

The Aussie delegation captured its first medal at the Winter Games, when its 5,000m short track relay speed skating team took the bronze medal in 1994. Zali Steggall became the first ever Australian to win a medal when she took home the bronze medal in the slalom event in the alpine skiing in 1998.

Australia’s Winter Olympic gold medal drought finally ended in 2002 when Steven Bradbury cornered the 1,000m short track speed skating event and Alisa Camplin taking the aerials event, a twin feat that made Australia the only southern hemisphere nation to have captured a gold medal at the Winter Games.

Australia’s showing in 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games is the nation’s best so far as it garnered a pair of gold medals and one silver. Lydia Lassila and Torah Bright placed first in the women's aerial freestyle skiing and half-pipe snowboarding respectively.

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