Olympians supported by home crowds
WHAT a summer we had – hot, lots of mountain biking, lots of visitors to Mt Buller and – let’s not forget the excitement of Sochi Winter Olympics.
Two of Mt Buller’s favorite sons competed in snowboarding events, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin and Anton Grimus.
And for Mansfield and Mt Buller the world stopped spinning during the events these two top athletes were competing in.
Who could forget the excitement, the build-up and the hundreds of eyes glued to television sets across the region?
For Chumpy it was party, party, party down in Mansfield with hotels and Pullins Ski Hire decked out in Aussie flags and colors – everyone cheering on their home town hero.
The cheering was also heard for Scotty James who narrowly missed the finals in his snowboarding event.
And the party nights were repeated when it was all for Anton the week after Chumpy.
Both athletes started competing in their individual snow events at an early age, Anton being born and raised on Mt Buller and going to Merrijig Primary School with his brother Hannes before heading off to Melbourne to a boarding school.
Chumpy was also born and bred in Mansfield and went to school in his home town but took every opportunity from as young as three to ski or board the slopes.
Both top athletes were the pride and joy of Mt Buller and Mansfield and everyone is hoping they will still be around for the next Winter Olympics so the town and mountain can once again party on.
GO CHUMPY: Who could forget the nights at Hotel Delatite where dozens of Mansfieldians turned out to cheer on Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin in his snowboard cross events.
CHEER SQUAD: Sochi Olympian Anton Grimus had his own personal cheer squad to egg him on - (from left) dad, Hans, his girlfriend Rebecca Hooper and mum, Lotte.