Aerialist Lydia Lassila returns to the Winter Games for her fourth Olympics, but enters this time as the reigning gold medalist, and a mother. After Vancouver, where she continued a streak of Aussie success in women’s aerials, the Melbourne native stepped away from the sport to start a family with her husband Lauri, a former Finnish Olympian who competed in moguls. Their son, Kai, was born on May 8, 2011; Lassila was back in the gym three weeks after giving birth. When she returned to competition in the 2012-13 season, Lassila remained one of the top aerialists, finishing second at three World Cup events. Lassila had a memorable 2006 Games, but not for reasons that the Australian would like. She tore her ACL in 2005 and had surgery where a dead man's ACL tendon was used to replace her damaged ligament in an attempt to allow her to compete in Torino. Lassila reinjured her knee in the qualifying rounds and her screams of pain were unforgettable. Likely to be a medal contender again, the 32-year-old has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new Olympic format.
- 2013 World Cup, Beijing, China - 2nd
- 2013 World Cup, Beida Lake, China - 19th
- 2013 World Ski Championships, Voss, Norway - 5th
- 2013 World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y. - 2nd
- 2013 World Cup, Val St. Come, Canada - 2nd
- 2012 Europe Cup, Ruka, Finland - 1st
- 2010 Winter Olympics - Gold
- 2010 World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y. - 1st
- 2010 World Cup, Deer Valley, Utah - 1st
- 2006 Winter Olympics - 14th
- 2002 Winter Olympics - 6th
Things To Know:
1. Her husband, Lauri, finished fifth in men's moguls at the 1998 Nagano Games.
2. During her recovery from her second ACL surgery in 2006, founded her own business, called Body Ice. It's "a no-fuss ice and compression system that molds around injured joints and body parts." Lassila designed and developed Body Ice by combining the traditional ice bag with elastic compression straps…The bags can also be filled with hot tap water for soothing heat therapy.
3. Her favorite person to follow on Twitter is Sir Richard Branson.