Speed Skater Steven Bradbury On His Winter Olympic Gold Glory

Cairns born, twenty-three-year-old, Freestyle skier Jakara Anthony has just broken Australia’s Winter Olympics, 12 year-long, gold medal drought, winning first place in the Women’s Mogul division at the Beijing games.

It’s the first gold medal ever for Australia in this category and the 6th-ever Winter Olympics title. Earlier, Snowboarder Tess Coady won bronze in the women slopestyle snowboarding, scoring Australia’s first medal for this year’s games.

In celebration, we chat to Australia’s first ever Winter Olympic gold medallist – the legendary Steven Bradbury. Bradbury scored the title after winning gold glory in the 1000 short track speed skating at the Salt Lake City 2002 Games. 

“I had a guy’s blade go clean through my leg earlier in my career and I almost lost three quarters of my blood in 60 seconds and ended up with 131 stitches in my leg…”

Steven Bradbury
The moment Steven Bradbury crossed the line becoming Australia’s first Winter Olympics gold medallist after the men’s 1000m speed skating final at the Salt Late City 2002 Winter Olympics. Image: Getty.

On today’s Briefing Tom Tilley chats with Bradbury about his literal back-breaking journey to become an Olympic champion, the mental frame of mind needed from an athlete and the incredible legacy of his success, twenty years on. 

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