It was in 2002 that Alisa Camplin leapt into the Australian history books when she became only the second Australian to ever win gold at the Winter Olympics. Alisa captivated the world and has made history.
To win the coveted gold medal, the 5-foot-2-inch Australian landed a ‘back full/double full' on her second jump. Since winning the Olympic title, Alisa had two phenomenal seasons. By the end of the 2002/03 season Alisa became the reigning World Record Holder, World Champion and the WC Grand Prix Champion, thus achieving ‘The Triple Crown'.
Alisa Camplin also won the 2002 Female Sportswoman of the Year Award and the 2002 Sir Donald Bradman Award, for the athlete who has most inspired the nation. An ex-gymnast, Alisa didn't start skiing until the age of nineteen. But in March 2004, Alisa Camplin capped off a brilliant season by winning the gold medal in the aerial skiing World Cup finals at the 2006 Torino Olympic venue in Italy. The victory made her the third woman in freestyle skiing history to claim seven victories in the one season, and gave her a second consecutive World Cup title.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Alisa claimed the bronze medal, becoming the first person in history to win
back-to-back Olympic aerial medals.
The result was made even more amazing by the fact that Alisa had tragically re-injured her knee just four
months prior to the Games. However she was able to make an exceptional recovery to be back on skis by
Christmas and on the podium six weeks later!
Alisa Camplin is no stranger when it comes to injury comebacks (including two broken ankles, nine
concussions, a broken collarbone, a broken hand, a separated shoulder, a torn knee ligament, a torn
achilles tendon and two snapped anterior cruciate ligaments).
But Alisa Camplin is the first to admit that it was all worth it to become Australia's first-ever female Winter
Olympic gold medalist, duel Olympic medalist, World Champion, World Record Holder and two times WC
Grand Prix Champion.
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