Olympians sup­ported by home crowds

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

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.

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