ustralia aerial skiing queen Lydia Lassila has won a bronze medal for Australia, in what was a historic run unseen in any female Olympic events until now.
Lassila set a precedent for female aerial skiers, taking out the medal with an aerial trick only ever attempted in the men’s division.
Despite a minor stumble, it was the “all-or-nothing” move that Lassila and her coach simply wanted to attempt.
“It was my maximum effort and to be able to do that trick in the super-final was something, and I’ve left my mark forever (on the sport) and made history with that trick. It would have been great to land it, I was stretching for my life, I was really trying, believe me,” she told The Australian.
Here’s Lassila making her mark:
Former and current Australian athletes, including Ian Thorpe, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin and Jana Pittman have congratulated Lassila on her achievement.
— Ian Thorpe (@IanThorpe) February 14, 2014
You little beauty @LydiaLassila !!! You are one tough mum!! So happy for you!
— Alex Chumpy Pullin (@chumpypullin) February 14, 2014
I can't get over how hard that jump was @LydiaLassila just tried and nearly nailed it. Bronze what an effort!! Hats off to u Lyds xx
— Tamsyn Lewis Manou (@tamsynlewis) February 14, 2014
— Alisa Camplin (@AlisaCamplin) February 14, 2014
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