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Tess Coady placed sixth in her World Cup debut at Mammoth Mountain, California in February 2017. The following month the then-16-year-old made her World Championships debut at Sierra Nevada. Coady placed 11th in the snowboard slopestyle event in Spain and 21st in the big air – a new snowboard discipline to debut at PyeongChang 2018. It was her first time competing in big air at an international competition.
In late March 2017 the rider from St Kilda, Victoria placed sixth at her second World Cup event in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, ending the World Cup season ranked 21st on the overall FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup standings.
A week later she returned to the Czech course for the Junior Snowboard World Championships, where Coady won back-to-back gold in both the snowboard slopestyle and big air events. She was crowned the ‘Rising Star’ at the 2017 Australian Ski and Snowboard Awards, capping off a remarkable debut World Cup season.
Coady continued her strong form into the 2017/18 Word Cup season where she won her first World Cup medal – bronze in slopestyle at the Snowmass World Cup in January 2018.
Unfortunately at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Coady suffered a knee injury in training, ruling her out of competition.
Coady missed the 2018-2019 season as she recovered from injury, but made a highly successful return to competition in the 2019-2020 season.
Her first event back was the World Cup Big Air competition in Modena, Italy, where she placed an encouraging 11th place.
The result gave Coady confidence for her first Slopestyle event since 2018, where she exceeded her own expectations to record Australia's first ever win in the Snowboard Slopestyle discipline, with a gold medal performance in Seiser Alm, Italy.
Coady continued her strong form into the 2020-2021 season, recording the most successful season of her career. In total, Coady won three medals, with the highlight being a bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships in Aspen, USA. Coady also had two bronze medals in World Cup competition, and finished the season ranked third in the world.
In the final Olympic Qualification event for Slopestyle in January 2022, Coady claimed victory in Laax, Switzerland, her second career World Cup victory.
Coady was also invited to compete at the prestigious X-Games for the first time in January 2022, finishing in sixth place in the Slopestyle.
After being named to her second Olympic Games Team, Coady became Australia's first medallist of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, taking out the bronze medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle.
Coady showed poise and skill beyond her years to post her bronze-medal clinching run, 84.15, on her last run in the competition. The score positioned her to occupy third position, after which she had to endure a nervous wait for the remaining competitors to potentially bump Tess off a podium finish.
The medal performance finally puts the injury disappointment at PyeongChang 2018 behind her as she's become Australia's youngest woman to win a Winter Olympic medal, and Australia's first ever Olympic medal in the snowboard slopestyle competition.
Coady also competing in the Olympic big air event, finishing in ninth place.
At the 2023 X-Games in Aspen, USA, Coady won her first ever medal at the prestigious event, with a silver medal result in the slopestyle. The following day she placed eighth in the big air.
Coady had two great performances at the 2023 World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia.
First up was the slopestyle, with Coady narrowly missing the podium with a fourth-place finish. After qualifying for finals in sixth place earlier in the day, the 2022 Olympic bronze medallist stepped it up in finals, scoring 78.88 points on her first run, and put down an even better second run with 82.85 points, with the improvement coming in her jumps, missing out on the podium by just 0.20 points.
Coady has finished the 2023 World Championships for Australia in style, taking home a bronze medal in the big air snowboard event, making it the largest ever medal haul for Australian at a World Championships, with six medals won in total, including four silver and two bronze.
Coady had a great start in the three-run final with the two highest scoring jumps counting towards the final score, stomping a massive backside-1080-indi grab on her first hit. Coady then backed it up with a clean frontside-900-tail grab jump in run two, scoring 68.50 points.
In her third and final jump, Coady attempted a frontside-1080-tail grab jump, but was unable to land, with the jump not counting towards her final score.
The scores from her first two jumps gave her a total score of 153.25 points, putting her in third place. Coady now has a World Championship medal in two disciplines, adding to her slopestyle bronze from Aspen in 2021.
Coady then wrapped up her competition season with a silver medal performance in the slopestyle event at the World Cup final at Silvaplana, in the iconic St Moritz-Engadin region of Switzerland.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Placing 3rd at the Snowmass Slopestyle Grand Prix World Cup in 2018. Standing on that podium was super rewarding!
I began my sport in … 2010 when I was 9 years old. I went up to the snow for a family holiday and I was instantly hooked!
When I am not training or competing I am: At home living up the Melbourne life.
I enjoy my sport because … The feeling of freedom you get being out among the mountains and the rewarding feeling from landing new tricks.
Education: Recently finished year 12 at St Michaels Grammar School
Favourite international competition: Spring Battle in Absolut Park Austria is always a blast.
Favourite Food: Poached Eggs
Favourite Music: Anything Queen
Favourite other sport to watch or play: Surfing
Childhood Ambition: To own a hairdressing salon with my Sister and my Cousin in Seymour!
My Hero is … My Mum, bloody legend that one!
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