Biathlon is the exciting winter Olympic sport which combines cross country skiing and small bore rifle shooting. In Australia we also have fun with summer biathlon, where we swap skis for runners, rollerskis, Skikes or mountain bikes!
Retrans from Australian Olympic Committee: Between competing all over the world, completing her university degree and finding the coolest costumes to venture out in biathlete Jill Colebourn keeps herself pretty busy.
The 22-year-old is pushing towards making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang but there are plenty of things you didn’t know about Jill.
1. I became the first ever Australian Woman in Biathlon to finish an International Top 30 Mass start Biathlon Race
I gained this result recently at the 2017 Winter Universiade – it was my best result of my athletic career so far and I’m so proud of this achievement! In this race, only the top 30 athletes from the individual and sprint races qualify to start. I started as number 27 and finished 23rd which was incredible for me and I am extremely happy with. I expected to be lapped and be forced to stop as the leaders are extremely strong in the World Cup, however I skied very fast and was able to completely finish the race. This is unheard of for an Australian biathlete as we rarely qualify to start in this type of race. Only two other Australian girls have ever qualified for a mass start and I am the very first Australian Woman to be able to finish!
2. Travelled to all 7 continents of the World
I’m so blessed to have parents that value travel, from a young age they have taken my brother and I all around the world to experience different cultures and ways of life. My favourite places have to be Egypt and Antarctica. I recently travelled to my 7th and final continent, Antarctica in December of 2016. It was an incredible experience to see the most breathtaking mountains, glaciers and wildlife. I was lucky enough to snorkel in the Antarctic waters every day of the trip and camp out for a night on the ice. It was amazing to witness all the organisms that can survive in the harshest environment in the world.
3. Australian Biathlon Open Sprint Champion 3 years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016)
I’ve held this title since I was 18 and first competed in the Open competition. I’m so blessed to be able to call myself the Australian Champion as well as represent Australia internationally.
4. Awarded a scholarship to Study Mechatonic Engineering and Commerce at the University of Sydney
I really enjoy my studies and I feel that engineering is a great fit for me as I love maths and I like the creativity of making and developing products or projects of my own.
5. I love hiking and climbing mountains.
I recently climbed Mt Yotei, an inactive volcano adjacent to Nisko Ski resort, while on a short post-season holiday after the Asian Winter Games in Japan. I can easily say this was one of my most challenging experiences snowshoeing up such a steep slope, carrying my downhill skis, boots and helmet on my back. It was worth it though for the amazing view and hour long ski down in untouched powder.
6. I’m obsessed with costume parties and have to win the costume competitions
My best costumes so far have to be the Jamaican Bobsled Team at my 21st birthday party and Oceans 11 at a crime and corruption themed party- where my friend and I painted ourselves blue and labelled ourselves with a ‘1’.
7. I started training as a mogul skier before switching to biathlon
I was a part of the Perisher Wintersports Club training in moguls for two years before deciding I was better suited to Cross Country Skiing when I was 16.
8. Winner of $2 at the 2016 Melbourne Cup races
I don’t bet often, but when I do I get extremely excited when I don’t lose all my money.
Retrans from: http://corporate.olympics.com.au/news/8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-jill-colebourn