Phil Bellingham | Australian Olympic Committee
 

Phil's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Events: 30km Skiathlon, Freestyle Sprint, 15km Classic, Team Sprint, 50km Freestyle
Olympic History: Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022
Highlights: Triple Olympian, 5x World Championships
Coach: Mattias Nilsson
Year Born: 1991
State Born: Victoria

About Phil

Phil Bellingham began skiing when he was just 18 months-old, having grown up on Victoria's Mount Beauty at the base of Falls Creek Ski Resort. He got into competitive cross-country skiing at six and won his first national title at 21.

After competing at his first World Championships in 2013, Phil went on to make his Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. He placed 76th in the 15km classic and 55th in the individual sprint. He then joined fellow Olympian Callum Watson in the team sprint classic, where they finished 21st overall.

Four years later, Phil competed across four events in his second Olympic Games at Pyeongchang. Despite being a sprint specialist, he took to the start line in the men's 50km classic on his 27th birthday.

Arguably one of the toughest events on the schedule on the schedule, the men's 50km classic is a battle of endurance and mental exhaustion. After a solid start Phil placed 54th and finished the course in just over two and a half hours.

The dual Olympian finished 65th in sprint classic qualifying, 77th in the 15km sprint free and 22nd in the men's team sprint with Callum.

Up to Beijing 2022, Phil competed in an impressive five World Ski Championships in his career.

In the 2021 Australian winter Phil won the FIS Australia–New Zealand Continental Cup series for the 6th time and was also Australian champion in both the 15km classic and sprint freestyle events.

Phil kept himself busy at Beijing 2022 entering in five events, with some of those throwing competition days throwing up the toughest of weather conditions.

The 50km mass start free was reduced to 30km as the temperature plummeted to -15 degrees Celsius with 20-30km winds made it feel much colder. He gutted out the event to finish 53rd.

Seve de Campo and Phil joined forces for the team sprint and finished 22nd. The rest of Phil's Beijing 2022 campaign included placing 50th in the sprint free, 63rd in the 15km + 15km skiathlon and 75th in the sprint classic.

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