Retrans from Australian Olympic Committee:
Planes, trains and ferries bring Youth Team to Lillehammer
Short track speed skater Julia Moore arrived from Melbourne just after midnight on Tuesday morning.
After a good sleep Moore was on the ice for a first look at the historic venue where Australia won its first Olympic winter medal back in 1994.
“I felt really great on the ice, it is a wonderful venue,” Moore who will contest the 500m and 1000m said.
Alpine skiers Louis Muhlen and Katie Parker arrived after an unlucky long delay at Heathrow. They were all smiles at the suggestion it was bad luck for what will be the biggest event of their promising careers.
They made the most of the gym facilities at the Village and will hit the snow on Wednesday for some free-skiing and Giant Slalom training with coach Johannes Hassler.
Luge athlete Beth Slade had the most unique journey to Lillehammer. After competing at the World Junior Championships at Winterberg in Germany she travelled by road with the International Luge Federation development squad to Kiel, then boarded a ship for the 20 hour cruise to Oslo before the final two-hour drive north.
“The 20 hour ferry was quite fun actually even without internet, I just spent time chatting and laughing with my coaches,” Slade said.
Australian biathletes Darcie Morton and Jethro Mahon flew from their training base in Italy to Oslo, before offloading their competition weapons and catching the train to Lillehammer. They were shown their rooms in the Village and settled in before their first training session on Wednesday.
“It’s really exciting to be here,” Mahon said. “We have moved into our rooms, registered for the Learn and Share program and still working through all our great team gear.
The last arrivals on Tuesday were freestyle skier Cameron Waddell and snowboarder Emily Arthur.
“I’ve only been in the Village for a few mins but it’s really cool,” Arthur, who will contest the ‘Pipe and Slope’ said. “There’s the big Learn and Share down in the hub with obstacle courses.
“I’ve met a lot of the Australian kids tonight which has been really good.”
Waddell is following a family legacy which began at the inaugural Youth Olympics.
“My brother went to the last Youth Olympics in Innsbruck for ski halfpipe. I’m pretty lucky to be here doing ski halfpipe and slopestyle so I’m super excited.”
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