Greta Small is Australia’s top female Alpine skier who began her sport on plastic skis as a two-year-old, and went on to become the Australian Flagbearer at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012, notching up seventh in the Slalom and Super G events and 13th in the Giant Slalom and Super Combined.
Building upon her Youth Olympic experience, Small went on to win the 2013 Giant Slalom Far East Cup in Korea and was the second-youngest competitor in the field at her debut World Championships in 2013 in Schladming, Germany, finishing 25th in the Super Combined event in a field of over 100 competitors.
2013 also delivered a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Quebec, Canada in the Super G and bronze in Slalom in the U18 division and saw her debut on the World Cup circuit before qualifying for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games at just 18-years-old.
Small - Australia's first female Alpine World Cup competitor since Jenny Owens in 2004 – competed in a heavy schedule of Olympic events, which included a 15th place in Super Combined and a 29th in Downhill.
Competing in all five disciplines at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Small was the second youngest in the field by eight days.
At the 2015 World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, USA, Small recorded an 18th place performance, the highest by Australian at the event. Following the finish of the racing season in April 2015, surgery was required for an injured knee which required a twelve-month recovery before a return in early 2016.
The Alpine talent with an impeccable work ethic recovered and resumed comprehensive racing in Japan in March 2016, the domestic Australian/New Zealand circuit, European FIS races and the Far East in China, collecting a gold medal for Slalom in Sainte Foy Tarentaise, France (January 2017) and two silvers at Wanlong Ski Resort, China for Giant Slalom (December 2016).
Her season came to a close at a Korean Olympic test event in January 2016 after placing fifth in Slalom at Yongpyong Resorts with the recurrence of a knee injury, from which she is now recovering before setting her sights on qualifying for her second Olympic Games in PyeongChang next February.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Standing in the leaders’ enclosure during the Alpine Combined at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: New Zealand Spring training Camp September 2016, good training, awesome crew, epic weather!
I began skiing on little plastic skis at Mt Buffalo when I was two-years-old, although I didn’t take up racing until 2005 when I started in the Australian Children’s race series. I always loved to ski and the adrenaline rush of competition got me hooked.
When I am not in training or competing I am: enjoying my sleep! When I’m not training I like to catch up with friends, go to the movies and chill out.
I enjoy my sport because I love ski racing because it is the pursuit of excellence combined with a high speed adrenaline rush.
Education: SIDE Western Australia High School Class 2013
Favourite international competition: My favourite mountain would have to be Val d’Isere, France. You can ski all day and never ski the same run twice and the town is magical.
Favourite Food: Pizza or Mexican food is always on the list although I’m a little bit of a chocoholic!
Favourite Music: The Chainsmokers, Jonas Blue, Taylor Swift
Favourite other sport to watch or play: I enjoy watching the ice hockey, Formula 1, Grand Slams, Tour de France and watching friends compete in their chosen sport.
My heroes are Zali Steggall, Lindsey Vonn, Ilka Stuhec
Sponsors: Hotham, Atomic, Shred, Slytech, Komperdell, Level, Mobot
Childhood Ambition: FIS Alpine Overall Crystal Globe Winner!
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