Who is Britt Cox?
Name: Britt Cox
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
2016/17 World Cup ranking: 1st
- In 2010, at age 15, she was the youngest Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics in 50 years
- Placed 5th in moguls at the 2014 Winter Olympics
- Crowned champion of the 2016/17 World Cup season for moguls
- Won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships
In 2010, Cox was the youngest Olympian in the field for women's moguls and finished in 23rd place. Just four years later at age 19, she finished fifth at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi despite the fact that she was still younger than most of her competitors.
After an impressive run in the 2016/17 World Cup season, Cox enters the 2018 Games as one of the favorites to win gold.
Cox has been competing at a high level from a very young age. When she was 8, she entered her first moguls competition at the Victorian Interschools in Australia. Her original expectation was to compete in the 2014 Olympics, but a late qualification made her eligible for the Vancouver Games in 2010 at age 15.
Cox has steadily improved each season since Sochi, winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships before enjoying a breakout 2016/17 season. During this past season, Cox won seven out of 11 World Cup events she participated in and was awarded the Crystal Globe as the overall champion for women's moguls. To add to her already impressive year, she went on to win gold at the world championships, becoming the first Australian to win a world title in moguls.
Off the snow
When she is not competing, Cox is studying, surfing, doing yoga or hanging out with her dog, Doug.
"I have the target on my back, but that's a good challenge for me." — Cox on the challenge of winning in PyeongChang (July 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"A lot of people have been asking me what clicked this season and I don't think anything necessary clicked, it was more a matter of all the training I have done over a number of years finally paying off for me." — Cox on her breakout season (Mar. 2017, Sydney Morning Herald)