Steven Bradbury – Australia’s First Winter Olympic Gold Medallist
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Steven Bradbury created history when he won Australia and the Southern Hemisphere’s first Winter Olympic Gold Medal. Bradbury won fans the world over for the honesty and humility he showed after the win. He saw the victory as reward not for one race, but for 12 years of hard training that included more than his share of misfortune. A race accident in 1994 led him to being impaled on a rivals skate, creating a cut in his leg, so extensive he lost 4 litres of blood and required 111 stitches. He was extremely lucky to survive. A training mishap in the year 2000 broke his neck. After 6 weeks in a halo brace Bradbury again fought his way back, and 18 months later that same neck was supporting an Olympic Gold Medal !
Since retiring from Short Track Speed Skating the four time Olympian from Brisbane has become one of Australia’s best Motivational Speakers, Master of Ceremonies / Facilitator and After Dinner Speakers.
Speed Skating Career Highlights:
- Australia’s and Southern Hemisphere’s first Winter Olympic Gold Medal Winner – 2002
- Australia’s first Winter Olympic medal winner – Bronze 1994
- World Champion – 1991
- 4 times Winter Olympian – 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002
In 2007 Steven was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Australian Sport.
Steven received The Don Award for Australia’s best sporting performance in 2002.