Cheltzie Lee latest 15-year-old to be selected in Australia's Winter Olympic team
Article by Nicole Jeffery, The Australian
3 February, 2010

The Australian team for the Vancouver Games is starting to resemble a high school lunch group after Sydney figure skater Cheltzie Lee last night became the third 15-year-old to earn selection.

Lee joins fellow high school students, snowboarder Scott James, and moguls skier Britteny Cox, in the Olympic team.

It is the first time that the Australian winter team has included three such youthful competitors.

Lee initially fell short of selection at the international qualifying event in Europe but she was highly placed on the reserve list, and withdrawals from other countries opened up a place for her last night, just nine days before the Games begin.

However, her event does not start until February 23, giving her an extra nine days to prepare for her Olympic debut.

Her entry brings the Australian team to a total of 38 athletes, with the women's bobsleigh still to be finalised.

Lee finished 13th in her first senior international event, the Four Continents competition, held at the Olympic venue in Vancouver last year. She went on to the world championships where she finished 33rd as the youngest competitor in the field.

Cox, who turned 15 on September 29, is the youngest of Australia's teen trio for Vancouver. Like Lee, she received a late quota place.

James took his chance after Australia's No 1 male snowboarder broke his ankle in training two weeks ago and was ruled out of the Games.

The Victorian immediately boarded a plane to Canada and qualified for the Olympics two days later, by finishing 15th in a World Cup event. He will become the youngest male to represent Australia at the Games.