Euroa’s Jess Haslau could be the only athlete from the Goulburn Valley to compete at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The part-time ski instructor and aspiring professional skier is competing in the women’s Olympic qualifiers at Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado.
Haslau, 25, has competed in four different heats from Wednesday to Saturday, finishing 19th and 28th in the Super G discipline, before failing to complete her final two Giant Slalom events.
Haslau was an ever-present figure at Mt Buller this ski season, in fact, she was the youngest ski instructor on the slopes when she first taught beginners aged 14.
More often than not when Haslau began as an instructor, she had the task of teaching older people how to ski, a job that was more difficult than first thought.
‘‘It was hard to tell older people what to do, but they didn’t know I was that young,’’ Haslau said this year.
However, Haslau has since travelled the world teaching skiing and competing in events and the weekly trips from Merton, via Melbourne to Mt Buller will be made all the more worthwhile should she represent her country.
‘‘It is a dream of mine, a goal I have been working on for a long time and it is something that I am aiming to achieve,’’ Haslau said.
The instructor has seen athletes progress through her tutelage into North America’s premier race division and should she represent the green and gold, Haslau will need to let her actions do the talking.
If the Winter Olympics do not come to fruition for Haslau, she will still be training, travelling and working to contest the 2019 World Alpine Championships in Sweden.
If you are interested in supporting Haslau’s journey to the Winter Olympics, you can donate at https://asf.org.au/ athletes/jessica-haslau/