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Figure skater Harley Windsor becomes Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympic athlete

Date posted: 12 February 2018

From Rooty Hill in Western Sydney to Pyeongchang, South Korea, Harley Windsor has completed a history-making journey to the Winter Olympics.

The 21 year old figure skater will become Australia's first Indigenous athlete to compete at the Winter Games.

Windsor stumbled upon the sport during a car trip as a youngster.

'I got into figure skating by accident, I took a wrong turn with my Mum and I found Blacktown Ice Rink and asked if I could go in and everything kind of took off from there,' Windsor told the ABC.

What started as a hobby soon became serious.

Under the coaching of Russian-born couple Andrei and Galina Pachin, Windsor's talent was developed through many hours at Canterbury Ice Rink.

His coaches teamed him up with another former Russian, Ekaterina 'Katia' Alexandrovskaya.

Last year they won the Junior World Figure Skating Championships but Windsor had no idea he was in line to become Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympian.

'At first it was a little bit of a surprise and stuff like that but I guess it makes me a little bit honoured to be the first one,' Windsor said.

The relatively new pairing does not expect to be on the podium at the Winter Olympics.

'We want to try to skate two clean programs and skate the best that we can and hope for a top 12 finish,' Windsor said.

Windsor believes a medal at the 2022 Winter Games is a realistic goal.

'Oh absolutely, the next games we're really aiming for the high end finish. In four more years we'll be a lot stronger as a pair - we'll have better elements, physically we'll be a lot stronger and we'll have a lot more experience in competition,' Windsor said.

Source: ABC News

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Last updated: 12 February 2018
 
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