Olympic Winter Games Attended
Cooper Woods was born in the coastal town of Merimbula and resides in Pambula Beach on the New South Wales South Coast.
With his mother Katrina Woods an Australian aerial skier, and uncle Peter Topalovic the legendary Perisher and Australian mogul team coach, Woods was always destined to follow in their footsteps, and joined the Perisher Winter Sports Club at age 12.
Woods was rewarded for his promising results as a junior in 2016, when he was awarded a New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship.
In the 2016-2017 season, Woods also made his World Cup debut at Deer Valley, USA, finishing 24th in the dual moguls, and competed regularly on the World Cup circuit in the 2017-2018 international season.
Woods made history in December 2018, becoming the first Australian male to win a US Selection event in Winter Park. In the first competition, Woods improved from a qualifying position of eighth, to claim his first major overseas victory. In the second event he backed up his day one win with another podium, a silver medal to finish an impressive week of competition. Over the rest of the season 2018-2019 season, Woods competed on the Nor-AM and World Cup circuits, with his highlight recording four consecutive top-10 Nor-Am performances.
Back competing exclusively on the World Cup circuit in 2019-2020, Woods started to find some consistency, improving his World Cup results to record a then personal best 17th in Calgary, Canada. Over the season the NSWIS skier also had four top-25 results.
In the 2020-2021 World Cup season, Woods qualified for his first ever World Cup final in Idre Fjall, Sweden, finishing in 13th, and achieved his second World Cup final in Deer Valley, USA, recording a personal best 12th place performance.
Woods also made his World Championship debut in Almaty, Kazakhstan, qualifying for the final in an impressive fifth place and finished the highest place Australian in the men’s final finishing in 15th position.
On the back of his breakthrough 2020-2021 season, Woods was offered a contract with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.
Woods continued his improvement in the 2021-2022 World Cup season, to qualify for his first ever Olympic Winter Games.
At the final Olympic Qualification Events in Deer Valley, USA, Woods had a personal best fifth place performance, competing in the first top-six super-final of his career, and his second top-10 performance in January after finishing ninth a week earlier in Mont Tremblant, Canada.
Competing in his firs Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, Woods had a spectacular performance, advancing through to the big final medal round. Finishing in sixth place, Woods was the highest placed Australian male, showing the world he has a great future in the sport.
Woods best performance so far in the 2022-2023 season has come in Idre Fjall, Sweden, where he placed seventh, the second event of the World Cup season.
Q & A
Place of Birth: Cooma, NSW
Current place of residence: Pambula Beach, NSW
Childhood Ambition: To be the best in anything I wanted to do.
Proudest Moment: Receiving the Child of Courage Award in 2013
I began this sport .... 2011
Participation in other sports: Surfing, Rugby and Golf
Favourite overseas competition and why: Deer Valley World Cup is my personal favourite because the event is competed under the lights in front of a crowd of thousands.
Sports Hero: Mick Fanning
When I am not training/competing I am: Chasing surf and traveling
Highest level of education achieved: High School
Sponsors: Sport Australia Hall of Fame- Tier 1 scholarship holder, Dalbello Ski Boots, IDoneski, Skullcandy
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