Freestyle skier Daisy Thomas has won Australia’s first-ever Winter Youth Olympic medal in Big Air, claiming silver at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) in Gangwon, South Korea.
The 16-year-old Year 12 student from Redlands cleanly executed two of her three jumps, a left double 10 safety and a switch left bio 9 safety, to claim the silver medal with a combined score of 172.75, just 7.25 points behind gold medallist Flora Tabanelli from Italy.
Daisy claimed the silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in South Korea, with a combined score of 172.75.
Speaking to Mosman Collective while in transit home, Daisy said she was “stoked” to land on the podium and make freestyle skiing history.
“I came to South Korea to get a medal – and to finally have it in my hands feels so surreal!” Daisy said.
“I went in confident in my ability, training and two tricks. I had a game plan and ultimately just had to execute that plan, which I did.
“I was pretty stoked after scoring high on my first jump (91.00); it took the pressure off and set me up well for the rest of the competition.”
The Year 12 Redlands student said she is “pumped” to head back to school and see her class mates following the win.
The competition saw athletes perform three different tricks, with the accumulation of their best two scores making up their final score.
Daisy told Mosman Collective she’s been skiing since the age of three and owes much of her success to her coach Nicko Drew, her mum Paddy, her dad Richard, and her brother Billy.
“And my friends and school mates have been a great support, too, I can’t wait to get back to see them.”
“I had a game plan and ultimately just had to execute that plan, which I did,” Daisy told Mosman Collective.