Remarkable World Cup Gold for former gymnast Lydia Lassila




Lydia Lassila has had an amazing return to completion after a two year break and the birth of her second child. Lydia topped the podium at the World Cup event in Deer Valley, USA held on the weekend. Jumping in tough conditions Lydia executed a stunning Full-Double-Full to jump into the lead. It was a world class field at the Deer Valley including Danielle Scott who is currently ranked as the world number one.

Lydia is a former gymnast at Niddrie Gymnastics Club and MLC Gymnastics Club. Lydia will be looking to secure her place on the Australia Olympic team for 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, which would be her fifth Olympic Games!

Danielle Scott had a tough day at the office, getting hit by a head wind during her jump which resulted in a heavy landing. The good news for Danielle is that she retains the yellow bib as the top ranked female aerial skier in the world! Danielle is also a former gymnast; she trained with Cromer Gymnastics Club.

Both Lydia and Danielle have more opportunities for World Cup medals over February and March. Good luck to all the Flying Kangaroos!

About Spin to Win and Talent Transfer

Retired gymnasts have great potential to transfer into all sorts of different sports, especially acrobatic sports such as diving and aerial skiing, but sports that require agility, strength and speed such as sprint kayak, pole vault and weightlifting.

‘Spin to Win’ is a collaborative project led by GA in partnership with Diving Australia (DA), Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) that aims to build a successful and sustainable national system of talent identification, development and transfer to maximise podium performances at World Championships and Olympic Games in each sport in the future.

For more information regarding talent identification or talent transfer please contact GA's National Pathways Coordinator – Spin to Win, Bree Bryant at bbryant@gymnastics.org.au.