Australia: 10 facts on the Sochi 2014 Paralympics

Better known for its sunny beaches, Australia will be heading to the slopes with a strong team. 16 Feb 2014
Melissa Perrine of Australia competes in the Womens Slalom Visually Impaired

Melissa Perrine of Australia competes in the Womens Slalom Visually Impaired

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• Australia has won all its 28 medals (G11-S6-B11) in one sport, Alpine Skiing, a record for all NPCs that have won medals in only one sport.

• 27 of Australia's total 28 medals have been won in men's events. Jessica Gallagher is the only woman to have won a medal, in alpine skiing's slalom visually impaired in 2010.

• Michael Milton has won six gold medals and 11 in total as Australia's most successful Winter Paralympian.

• Australia's last gold medal came in 2002, when it won six golds, their best result at the Winter Games.

• Australia will send 11 athletes to the Sochi

• Australia has won 1046 medals at the Summer Games, third on the all-time table behind USA (2067) and Great Britain (1642).

• It has won 150 gold medals and 442 total medals in athletics, its favourite sport in this respect.

• Matthew Cowdrey is Australia's most successful athlete with 12 gold medals and 20 total medals in swimming.

• Australia first participated in the Paralympic Winter Games in 1980.

• It has only competed in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games.

• You can follow the Australian Paralympic team on Twitter @AUSParalympics and Facebook.


Alpine skiing

Jessica Gallagher, Twitter: @JessGallagher86, Facebook

Christian Geiger (guide for Jessica Gallagher)

Mitchell Gourley, Twitter: @mitchgourley

Toby Kane, Twitter: @Toby_Kane

Victoria Pendergast

Melissa Perrine

Andrew Bor (guide for Melissa Perrine)

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula


Joany Badenhorst, Facebook

Trent Milton

Ben Tudhope, Facebook

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