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Zali wins Olympic Games silver

SUCCESS: Helensburgh skier Zali Offord (front) won a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Picture: Youth Information Service (IOC).

Injury and poor preparation could not stopHelensburgh teenager Zali Offord from becoming the Illawarra’s latest Olympic Games medallst.

HAPPY DAYS: Australia’s Zali Offord with her silver medal alongside gold medalist Talina Gantenbein (Switzerland) and bronze medalist Klara Kasparova (Czech Republic). Picture: Youth Information Service (IOC).

The 17-year-old defied naysayerson Monday to power home to win a ski cross silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

It was a remarkable result for Offord considering she was offsnow for 15 days after a crash on January 29 left her concussed and her preparation disrupted.

‘’I can’t believe it, I am over the moon,’’she said.

‘’I had a bit of a rough run leading in to Lillehammer 2016 and had a bit of a crash today but it was all good.’’

Offord was the fastest out of the gates but just couldn’t hold on for the victory.

‘’It was a pretty good final. I had the girl at the start and she is a good skier as well, one of the top Swiss girls. It was a really good race, I worked hard and came away with second.’’

Offord, who hopes to one daymatch the exploits of famous alpine skier Zali Stegall, who she is named after, now has an Olympic medal of her own.

Her silver and the ski cross bronze medal won by Louis Muhlen in the men’s event rounded out Australia’s most successful day at a Winter Games. The four medals Australia’s has won so far makesLillehammer 2016 its most successful campaign.

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