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Two of our alumni announced as members of the 2014 Australian Olympic Team


Two of our alumni announced as members of the 2014 Australian Olympic Team

Cross country skier Aimee Watson will make her Olympic debut on February 8 in the Ladies 15km Skiathlon, before competing in the Ladies 10km Classic (February 13) and the Ladies’ 30km Mass Start Free (February 22).

The former SUSF scholarship holder and University of Sydney Bachelor of Veterinary Science student began skiing almost as soon as she could walk. Watson's Sochi selection became a real possibility when she delivered strong performances at the FIS races in Inari, Finland in November. Watson was 38th in the 5km Classic and 29th in the 10km Freestyle, scoring FIS points of 106.8 and 88.7 – her best points since 2009.

The next weekend she scored 91.70 points at the 5km Classic in S. Caterina Valfurva, Italy. It was a stressful wait, but Watson did enough to qualify for Sochi.

Watson and her brother Callum will become the first sister/brother duo to compete at the same Olympic Games in Cross Country for Australia.

"It will be pretty awesome to have Callum there with me," added Aimee, speaking to the Australian Olympic Committee last week.

"I am relieved that the hard work - not only by me but the many people who have supported me - has paid off."

Radjenovic, a former scholarship holder, will compete at her third consecutive Winter Olympics in the women’s bobsleigh event on February 18 with teammate and former sprinter Jana Pittman.

Radjenovic and Pittman booked their ticket to Sochi after finishing 12th in the women's bobsleigh at January’s Skeleton and Bobsleigh World Cup in Switzerland, just 1.07 seconds behind the eventual winners.

Radjenovic finished 19th at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 14th at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, and has been a part of every female Bobsleigh Olympic campaign in which the country has competed.