Welcome back to “The Journey”, there are now just 126 days to go and we’re getting pretty excited!
On June 27 2014, the PyeongChang 2018 organising committee introduced the world to the mascots of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games – Soohorang (Korean: 수호랑), the white tiger and Bandabi (Korean: 반다비), the Asiatic black bear.
In mythology, the white tiger was viewed as a guardian that helped protect the country and its people. The mascot’s colour also evokes its connection to the snow and ice of winter sports. The name “Soohorang” has additional significance. “Sooho,” the Korean word for “protection”, alludes to the protection of athletes, spectators and other Games participants. “Rang” derives from the Korean word “ho-rang-i”, which means “tiger”. Soohorang, has a challenging spirit and passion but also is a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all participants in the Olympic Games.
Bandabi is an Asiatic black bear, who symbolises strong will and courage. A warm-hearted friend, Bandabi promotes equality and harmony and encourages athletes to push themselves beyond their limits. “Banda” is derived from “ban-dal,” the Korean word for the half-moon. “Bi” stands for celebration of the Games.
Athlete profile – Britt Cox
Britt Cox has come a long way since the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games when she became Australia’s youngest winter Olympian since 1960.
The now 22-year-old dominated the 2016/17 season with seven World Cup Mogul Skiing victories and taking out the overall FIS Crystal Globe, which is awarded to the freestyle skier who has accumulated the most points in any of the freestyle skiing disciplines (Moguls, Aerials, Ski Cross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air).
At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Britt achieved fifth place – the highest ever placing by an Australian female mogul skier at the Olympics.
Britt Cox was jointly awarded (with Snowboarder Scotty James) the Ski & Snowboard Australia Athlete of the Year in April 2017.
The onslaught of Britt Cox on the World Cup Mogul Skiing circuit has an outstanding date with destiny, which she hopes to accomplish in February 2018 at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
Keep your eye on Precision Athletica for my next edition of “The Journey”.
If you’re an athlete, parent or coach interested in knowing more about the High Performance Snowsports program at Precision Athletica, please email the head of the program Peter Caine for more information, or call on 02 9764 5787.