Abbey Willcox developed her acrobatic abilities through gymnastics and sports acrobatics, and has used this platform to build her aerial skiing skills.
After training on water ramps in Melbourne, Victoria, and Park City, Utah, USA, she commenced jumping on snow and debuted her international career in 2016 at the Europa Cup in Ruka, Finland.
Willcox performed at her first World Cup in Lake Placid, USA 2019, progressing to double-twisting double-flips. She continued to compete throughout the 2019 World Cup tour, recording a personal best World Cup finish of 13th in Minsk, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 12-woman final.
Willcox had a breakthrough 2019-2020 World Cup season, highlighted by the first World Cup podium of her career under lights in Deer Valley, UT, USA, taking bronze in February 2020. She also finished the season ranked a personal best 7th in the world on the world cup standings.
Unfortunately Willcox was only able to compete in the one World Cup event in 2020-2021. At the event in Yarslavl, Russia, Willcox had a strong qualifying performance advancing to finals in eighth place, but was unable to take part after crashing her last jump in finals training and injuring her leg. The injury required surgery, and Willcox had to return to Australia ending her season.
Willcox returned from injury to record four top-15 World Cup performances during the 2021-2022 season, but unfortunately missed out on qualifying a quota spot for Australia at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, with the missed events in 2021 due to injury a major factor in just falling short on the Olympic Ranking List.
Willcox will be taking a break from competition during the 2022-2023 competition season.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Being selected for the Australian World Cup team after a tough year training on an individual basis and competing in the Freestyle World Cup circuit.
I began my sport in ... July 2015 after I finished school.
When I am not training or competing I am:
I enjoy my sport because ...
Favourite international competition: Deer Valley, USA, World Cup.
Favourite Food: Rosti (A Swiss potato and cheese dish) and Chocolate Milk
Favourite Music: Anything I can have a good dance to
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Gymnastics, Cliff Diving, AFL.
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