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Sport Winter Olympics: Australian snowboarder Tess Coady is a star on the rise ahead of Pyeongchang

02:38  07 february  2018
02:38  07 february  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Snowboarder Tess Coady 's favourite Winter Olympian growing up was two-time world champion Alex Pullin — now the youngest member of the Australian team is looking to inspire fans of her own in Pyeongchang .

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When she was 11, Coady was learning to wax her board at a shop in the small town of Mansfield on the road to Victoria's Mount Buller.

That shop happened to be owned by the parents of two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin — Coady's childhood idol.

"One day he was working in the shop, I don't know if I actually met him or I was just standing there in awe the whole time," Coady said.

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Six years on, Coady has made the most of her connection to the three-time Australian Olympian ahead of her Games debut in slopestyle and big air.

"He's given me great advice throughout my career so far," she said.

"[Pullin] has taught me a lot about snowboarding and about coping with pressure.

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"It's pretty cool to think he's a friend of mine now, not just an idol."

The rising star of Australian snowboarding already has world titles to her name, claiming the junior slopestyle and big air championships in the Czech Republic last year.

Earlier this year she claimed bronze at the Snowmass Slopestyle World Cup, demonstrating her potential on the big stage.

"I definitely didn't think I would get an outcome like that, but it helps with the confidence knowing that I am one of the top riders for my age," she said.

"In the big picture it means I can compete with the [best], it's super cool. It's nice to know I have that behind me."

Coady admitted she never expected to be taking on the death-defying events she competes in.

But she said she was not intimidated by the risks either, and instead saw her chosen disciplines as a chance to be creative.

"Snowboarding is like an art in its own way. You want to put your own spin on everything, that's the inspiration for me," she said.

"You want to show what you're made of, that's what keeps me coming back for more."

The young Australian knows her age has afforded her the opportunity to soak up the Olympic experience.

"I definitely remember watching the last Olympics, looking up to the other riders I'm now competing against," she says.

"Being the youngest, there's time to come back for more Olympics hopefully, and [I] really just want to enjoy this one."

Coady will compete in the snowboard slopestyle on February 11, and in the newest Olympic event 'big air' on February 19.

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