Phillip Bellingham | Australian Olympic Committee

Phillip's Story

Phil Bellingham began skiing when he was just 18 months old, having grown up in Mt Beauty at the base of the Falls Creek ski fields. He got into competitive cross country skiing when he was six and won his first national title at the age of 21. 

After competing at his first World Championships in 2013 he went on to make his Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. He placed 76th in the 15km classic and 55th in the individual sprint. He then combined with teammate Callum Watson in the team sprint where they finished 12th in their semi-final and 21st overall. 

Bellingham competed in four events at his second Games in PyeongChang.  Despite being a sprint specialist, Bellingham took to the start line in the Men's 50km Mass start classic on his 27th birthday. Arguably one of the toughest Winter Olympic events on the schedule, the men's 50km Classic is a battle of endurance and mental exhaustion. After a solid start, Bellingham cramped up at the 30km mark and had to lower the pace. Bellingham placed 54th, finishing the course in just over two and a half hours, a longer time than expected due to fog and fresh snowfall on the course. 

The two-time Olympian finished 65th in the Men's Sprint Classic Qualification, 77th in the Men's 15km Free and 13th in the Men's Team Sprint Team Semifinal 2 with Callum Watson.  

Off the snow, Bellingham has a Bachelor of Teaching as well as Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. 

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