Young ‘Aussies’ set to live out dreams at Sochi

YOU could say Dominic Demschar has had snow flowing through his veins since birth.

Although he will represent Australia tonight in the giant slalom, the 20-year-old's dream of competing in the Winter Olympics was born on the slopes of Austria.

It was there he was introduced to skiing at a young age by his father, Herwig Demschar, the then coach of Austria's national ski team.

"This has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember," Demschar said.

"My dad coached Olympic athletes his whole coaching career and that is what really sparked the dream for me."

Though he spends much of his time in the US, having moved there with his family after his father's appointment coach of the American women's ski team, Demschar will proudly don the green and gold in Sochi.

His mother is Australian-born and Demschar spends time each year in Melbourne and competes for the Mount Buller club.

"It will be brilliant to ski against some of my heroes like Ted (Ligety), Bode (Miller) and some of the Austrians and see how we compare," he said.

PROUD: Dominic Demschar.
PROUD: Dominic Demschar.

 

Demschar is aiming to make the top 30 in the giant slalom. If he does, he will be the first Australian male to achieve the feat since Malcolm Milne at the 1972 Sapporo Games.

Suffering from a slight back injury before the Games, Demschar pulled out of his debut Olympic event, the super-G, on Sunday in a bid to preserve himself for the giant slalom and, later in the week, the slalom.

Demschar began competing on the international stage in 2008 and represented Australia at the junior world championships in 2012.

Another "international", Ross Peraudo, will also carry Australia's hopes in the giant slalom.

The 21-year-old, whose father is an Italian ski instructor, used to ski to school from his home in Torino.

Though still based in Italy, Peraudo, who like Demschar has an Australian mother, splits his training between Montgenevre, France, and the New South Wales ski town of Jindabyne.

he is the current junior and senior Australian slalom champion.

"It's a dream come true and I never thought that I would get to this position," Peraudo said.

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