A former elite level gymnast, Lydia Lassila made one of the fastest progressions in the history of the sport, from skiing for the first time in 1998 at Mt Buller, to placing eighth less then four years later in her first Olympic Games in 2002 at Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Lydia is one of the legends of Australian sport, highlighted by an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, Olympic silver medal in Sochi, a world cup title and 34 world cup medals in her trophy cabinet.
What makes Lydia's Olympic bronze medal even more spectacular, was competing in Sochi after taking time out of the sport to start a family, giving birth to her son Kai in May 2011, and concentrate on business pursuits.
Lydia returned to competition in December 2012, with the view of defending her Olympic title. She made a resounding return, placing second in Changchun, China - her first World Cup competition in three years.
Lydia did not compete during the 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 season, after giving her birth to her second son Alek in February 2015.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: Going to the Olympics and Winning Olympic Gold
Proudest Moment: Winning Olympic Gold & Bronze, giving birth to my son and being the first woman to perform the quad-twisting-triple.
Favourite Food: Any Asian food
Favourite Music: Indie Pop, Rock, Alternative, Pop…any good tune really!
I began this sport .... In June 1999
Participation in other sports: Gymnastics, Running, Golf, Yoga, Surfing
When I am not training/competing I am: Running my business BodyICE, being a mum, travelling, motivational speaking and/or enjoying a good book!
Highest level of education achieved: Bachelor of Applied Science - Human Movement
Favourite overseas competition and why: Deer Valley, UT, USA - I've spent a lot of time living and training in Deer Valley, so it feels like a second home to me. I like competing there because I know what to expect and I'm very familiar with the area.
Sponsors: Bolle, Suzuki, Lululemon
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