GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

GALLERY: Portraits of the Australian Team

Chef de Mission Ron Finneran led a team of three athletes, a guide and two coaches to the third winter Paralympics in Innsbruck. Australia’s best result was 5th by Kyrra Grunnsund in the Men’s Alpine Combination LW4 event. In order, the portraits of the team are: Kyrra Grunnsund, Andrew Temple, Rodney Mill, Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), James Milner (coach), Ron Finneran. Missing is Bruce Abel (coach).

Australia at the Innsbruck Winter Paralympics 1984

Three Australian athletes and one guide participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (cross country skiing), Peter Smythe (guide for Mill), Kyrra Grunnsund (alpine skiing) and Andrew Temple (alpine skiing) They were supported by the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, established in 1978 and now called Disabled Wintersport Australia. Also in attendance were Chef de Mission Ron Finneran and Alpine coach Bruce Abel (both founders and early presidents of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation) and alpine skiing coach James Milner.

Performance:
The three Australian athletes contested two of the three sports offered in these Games: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing. No Australians competed in the ice sledge speed racing events. Grunnsund was the top-ranked Australian performer, finishing fifth in the men’s combination event.

Three Australian athletes participated in these Games: Rodney Mill (Cross-Country Skiing), Kyrra Grunnsund (Alpine Skiing) and Andrew Temple (Alpine Skiing).

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund