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    Feb 22, 2014

    Katya CremaIt was with much pride that the club discovered it has nine of Australia’s 60-strong Winter Olympics team on its membership system – including a silver medallist.

    David Morris, who won silver in the men’s aerial, was one of five MCC members (the others being Katya Crema, Cam Bolton, Anton Grimus and Emily Bamford) who represented Australia at the Winter Games in Sochi. There were also four waiting list candidates in the green and gold.

    Australia has a rich history in women's aerials but no male aerialist had taken anything home from the Olympics before Morris.

    The 29-year-old Melbournian opened proceedings in the final with an impressive 110.41 but was only briefly sitting in top spot after veteran Belrusian Anton Kushnir put down an almost perfect 134.50.

    Morris faced a nervous wait as China's Guangpu Qi stood atop the hill but the world champion took a tumble on landing and could only muster a score of 90.00, guaranteeing Morris a medal.
     
    What colour that medal would be was not known until Qi's team-mate and eventual bronze medallist Zongyang Jia (95.06) also failed to stick his landing.

    "I can't believe it's happened," Morris told Channel Ten immediately after the event. "I imagined this for such a long time. I landed the last jump and it played out how I imagined it."

    "When I started the sport, I was told I wasn't going to be good. Now I have a silver medal at the Olympics. No one can take it away from me ever."

    Almost as impressive was the performance of 25-year-old Crema (pictured), who produced the best skiing of her career to place seventh in the freestyle ski cross.

    After a strong qualifying run she was thrilled to ski so well in the head-to-head racing at the Olympic Games.

    "My goal here was top eight, so I’m absolutely rapt," Crema said.

    The result improved on her 15th from Vancouver in 2010 and equals the best Olympic ski cross result by an Australian.

    Congratulations to all of our members who competed at Sochi and continued our strong association with the Olympic movement.