Sun­shine state of­fers some bright hopes

The Weekend Post - - Sport - PETER ROLFE

IT is hard not to think of the Dis­ney film Cool Run­nings when pon­der­ing Aus­tralia’s del­e­ga­tion to the Win­ter Games.

If ever there was a squad wor­thy of com­par­i­son to the 1993 com­edy about the 1988 Ja­maican bob­sleigh team, surely it is Aus­tralia.

There’s a luge hope­ful from trop­i­cal Townsville in 22-yearold Alexan­der Fer­lazzo; Deanna Lock­ett, 22, is a short track skat­ing star who wants her home town of Ip­swich known for more than Pauline Han­son; and Ja­clyn Nar­ra­cott, 27, will con­tinue the trend of Queens­lan­ders trad­ing the sun­shine state for snow when she com­petes in skele­ton in tem­per­a­tures be­low freez­ing.

While Aus­tralia is a Win­ter Olympics min­now, five-time Aussie Win­ter Olympian Jac­qui Cooper said it could no longer fly un­der the radar.

“It’s not like in the 1990s when I showed up and they played the Aus­trian an­them,” she said.

A slew of re­cent suc­cess from Aus­tralian ath­letes af­ter decades in the wilder­ness sees us boast five gold, three sil­ver and four bronze medals be­fore this month’s Games be­gan.

Aerial ski­ing roy­alty Cooper said that tally could be dwarfed by the time the Games wrap up on Fe­bru­ary 25.

Aus­tralia has five aerial skiers and she reck­ons three could bring home a medal, cit­ing Syd­ney’s Danielle Scott, Vic­to­rian David Mor­ris and Canberra’s Laura Peel.

CON­TENDER: Ja­clyn Nar­ra­cott.

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