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Aussie women make history

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Aussie women make history

TEAM: The 2014 Australian Olympic Team is making history and the Sochi Games haven't even started yet.

TEAM: The 2014 Australian Olympic Team is making history and the Sochi Games haven't even started yet.

Not only will Australia send its biggest team ever to a Winter Games – with 60 athletes – but for the first time in history, the team will have more women than men.

Thirty-one (31) of the nation's finest, most fearless young women will take to the ice and snow next month, with 29 Aussie men also in action.

At the Vancouver 2010 Olympics there were 20 men and 20 women. At the London 2012 Summer Games the Team comprised 224 men and 186 women. 

Since Australia has competed at every modern summer Olympic Games since 1896 and all but four Winter Games this is an historic Team in the proud history of Australian Olympic Teams.

"I think it's quite exciting - it means that more girls are getting out there and participating, and doing well," said Kim Crow, Chair of the Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) Athletes' Commission. 

"It shows that women can achieve things at the highest level."

Crow, a dual Olympian won two medals in London, was named International Rower of the Year in 2013 and is a strong inspiration for Australian women in sport. 

"The great thing about the Olympics is that you get exposed to a variety of sports," she said. "One thing that I think keeps women out of sport is that the options seem limited. It's important for girls to know that it there's more than just hockey or netball on offer. There are a huge variety of sports that can suit all sorts of different women."

The trend for Australian women succeeding at the Olympics has been growing stronger over recent years, something Crow expects to continue into the future.

"It's not hugely surprising that Australian women are excelling at the Olympics," she said. 

"Women in our country don't have the same dominance in their sports that men have with the football codes. So, a large percentage of the female talent pool will end up in Olympic sports."

AOC President John Coates has lauded strong female representation in sport for many years and was also pleased to see the Team for Sochi achieve this feat.

"While selections in the Australian Olympic Winter Team are based on the Qualification systems adopted by the International Olympic Committee and International Federations for each sport's discipline, it is nevertheless reassuring that here in Australia, the programs and support of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, the Australian and State Institutes of Sport and the Australian Olympic Committee are such that our female athletes are clearly getting a fair go," Coates said.

To read about all the athletes on the 2014 Team, click here>>>

To view a summary of Australia's participation at the Olympic Winter Games, click here>>>

To view a summary of Australia's participation at the Summer Olympic Games, click here>>>

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