Almost exactly 2 years ago I arrived at the biggest event of my life, getting off the plane I looked around the airport and saw a throng of movement. People being given their accreditation, athletes pictures being taken, people shaking hands and asking for autographs. An experience I will never forget.
This is just the first of many standout moments I had at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and I wanted to share through some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments here for those of you who are interested.
The opening ceremony was a pool of mixed emotions for me and if you want to see the side that I was disappointed with you can read about it tomorrow. However one of the most touching moments was watching the Olympic torch being run into the stadium with joint North and South Korean runners. It was a special moment for everyone who saw it. Adding to the experience, knowing they were lighting the torch for me as an athlete, it was an amazing moment.
One of my favourite memories is trading pins with other athletes. Going out and talking to athletes you don’t know, trading pins and getting to know them and their sport was awesome. It was the perfect excuse for me to expand on what I knew about sports and meet new people, some of whom I am still friends with today.
The comradery inside the Australian camp in the Athletes village and in our private sub-site at Phoenix Park (the mountain they held the freestyle events) were amazing. Everyone was super supportive, everyone went to watch each other at events to throw their positivity and their support behind you. Everyone became friends, even people you didn’t known before, everyone was instantly your buddies linked through the spirit of the event. An atmosphere like that is something special.
The last memory I will share was turning up to the course on testing day one. It may have been the most intimidated I have ever been at an event. The course was HUGE, the enormity of what I was about to do was really sinking in and I was nervous but excited. The following day I rode it for the first time and all of that anxiety and anticipation just kinda washed itself away and I was left with nothing and could really live in the moment.
As you know the next Winter Olympic Games is in 2022, I am hoping to get there, and the Winter Olympics after that as well. I can’t wait to see which young up and coming athletes push through and join me and the team so we can share those amazing experiences with the next generation of Winter Olympians.