February 5, 2018
Lake Mountain skier Casey Wright will prove dreams do come true when she lines up with the Australian cross country ski contingent at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Making her Olympic debut, Casey is one of six cross country skiers in the 51-strong Australian team which will compete over 11 sporting disciplines at PyeongChang between February 9 and 25.
The inspiring 23 year-old from Don Valley near Healesville in the Yarra Valley, and a former ambassador for Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, has dug deep and drawn on bucket loads of grit and determination to make her dream become a reality. To maximise her potential, she relocated to the United States in 2016 on a sports scholarship to the University of Alaska. Since then she has gone from strength to strength on the extremely strong College cross country ski circuit and also represented Australia whilst juggling training and studies towards a degree in Health Sciences.
Casey secured her best result to date when she was a part of Australia’s first team to compete at an Asian Winter Games in early 2017. Lining up in her favoured sprint event, Casey qualified fastest before eventually winning bronze at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games. She also claimed 11th and 15th in the 10km Free and 5km Classic events.
She recently competed at the US National Championships where she finished 20th and 27th in two different sprint events.
Casey is the youngest member of the cross country ski contingent heading to PyeongChang. Her team mates are Phil Bellingham, Barbara Jezersek, siblings Aimee and Callum Watson, and Jessica Yeaton.
*Photo courtesy of Steve Fuller – Utah 2017