EMOTIONS and nerves are tested to the limit at Winter Olympic Games, there is pressure to succeed for yourself, your team and your country.
It is not only the glory moments that standout, but the achievements of those who were not expected to win, some who did succeed and those that may have fallen short of their own expectations.
The upset story of the games was without a doubt Czech skier and snowboarder Ester Ledecka. Not only did she come from the middle of the pack to create an upset victory in the Ladies Super G, she backed up and won her main event, the ladies snowboard parallel slalom. History is made that may never be repeated.
The heartache from that Super G race would have been Austria’s Anna Veith who may have thought she had victory secured before Ester delivered a shock faster time.
There was some heartache and tears for our Australian team with Britt Cox disappointed in her final run in the moguls where she would place fifth. Realistically there was a good chance of a mogul medal for the likeable Aussie girl but not to be.
Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff made a momentous comeback from injury to reach the games and be competitive. In the end it was not to be, but it was a sensational effort and when it was all over tears rolled down Belle’s cheeks. It was a sad moment for her and no doubt had she not been injured she would have been right in the mix for glory. But there will be a next time.
Sami Kennedy-Sim in skier cross and Laura Peel in ladies’ aerial were both in the hunt for medals. Sami had a mishap in the start of the semi-final and could not make up ground to reach the final. Laura could not land her final jump cleanly which cost her a podium finish.
One of our most decorated Olympians, Lydia Lassila bid farewell to the Winter Olympics after five appearances. While Lydia did not reach the heights of her previous successes, she will always be remembered for that tough Australian determination to fight on no matter what setback she had.
Lydia has been a wonderful representative of our country and we wish her all the best in her retirement.
The downside of when things go wrong on this massive stage is that everyone is watching. There is nowhere to hide for instance when our speed skater Andy Jung crashed into the barrier after losing an edge.
Or the heartbreak when in your first games you crash in warm up for your event and your games is over through injury. Young slopestyle snowboarder Tess Coady was looking forward to pushing herself into the top ten, but in windy conditions missed a landing and her games done in an instance.
Even worse, the event that day was postponed as organisers thought in the end it was too dangerous. If Tess had taken it easier in the warm up who knows what the outcome could have been. Sport can be cruel sometimes.
There are countless memories from the games and our younger athletes just starting on their journey will now look forward to their next chapter of Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
Stay tuned to Alpine News second edition this winter for more PyeongChang exploits.
Sami KennedySim shows her disappointment at the end of the semifinal.
Andy Jung and a fellow racer hit the pads.
Belle Brockhoff showed great courage coming back from injury.
Ester Ledecka would win both skiing and snowboard gold medals.
Tess Coady and Laura Peel prior to their respective events.