Athletes Did Australia Proud in Sochi

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, said Australia was proud of the achievements of its athletes at the Winter Olympics Games at Sochi.

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24 February 2014

The Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, today said Australia was proud of the achievements of its athletes at the Winter Olympics Games at Sochi.

“The medal winning performances of aerial skiers Lydia Lassila and David Morris along with Torah Bright in the snowboard half pipe were outstanding and confirmed Australia’s standing in the these events,” Mr Dutton said.

“It was also impressive to see Australia finished with ten top eight finishes in Sochi, building on the seven top eight finishes Australia achieved in Vancouver, which shows just how deep the nation’s world class talent is in winter sports.”

Australia equalled its Winter Olympics record of three medals to finish on the medal table in 24th place.

“The Sochi Games highlighted just how competitive international sport is and while some of our athletes did not reach the lofty goals they set for themselves, there is much to celebrate,” Mr Dutton said.

“The depth of the good performances from some of the youngest athletes in the team is well worth celebrating and points to a bright future.

“All 60 Australian athletes in our team have given the nation their best effort on the back of years of dedication to get to Sochi and I congratulate them and the wider support team for their achievements.

The Federal Government, through the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), has allocated almost $3 million to support winter sports in 2013-14.

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