“I’m very familiar with PyeongChang because I’ve competed there a number of times plus my father Boyd (and coach) has worked in Korea for the past ten to twelve years,” Small said.
“The slopes are really good – definitely challenging, that’s for sure. I know what I’m in for.”
It won’t only be the slopes challenging Small this coming season. The January crash required surgery to her left knee for the third time in two years, making the window for Olympic qualification later this year all that much narrower.
“I did my ACL and it’s a six to twelve-month recovery, but it’s going well so far. I’m looking to get onto snow in Australia in July or August, return to full training in September and compete in December.”
“Qualification is the tricky part, but I have no doubts in my mind that I will be in PyeongChang competing,” she said.
The upbeat 21-year-old’s sporting CV is impressive with a 15th in Sochi in the Super Combined, Australian Flagbearer at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012 and a placing of 18th in the 2015 World Championships.
Small bases her training from Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport.