Abbey Willcox

Australian Freestyle Aerial Skier

About Abbey

Abbey is a 22-year-old Freestyle Aerial Skier from the Central Coast in NSW, Australia – currently in the Australian World Cup team.

As a child, she grew up competing in high level Gymnastics, whilst going on regular trips to the snowy mountains in NSW for family skiing holidays. After her career in Gymnastics came to an end, she looked for a new sport she could compete in on the world stage. By combining both gymnastics and skiing, she took on the challenge and became a Freestyle Aerial Skier.

Freestyle Aerial Skiers ski into a jump between 50 and 70 km/h, catapault themselves up to 15 meters in the air, performing double or triple somersaults with up to 5 twists, and then land on a slope of 70 degrees.

The World Cup competition format consists of 2 qualification jumps, then the finals for the top 12 of the qualification rounds. Five judges evaluate the execution of the jump in the air and the landing. The score is then multiplied by the degree of difficulty of the jump.

Abbey trains full time – competing on snow jumps in Winter, and water ramping in Summer, as well as trampolining and strength and conditioning work. On top of that comes in the recovery and mental work to fine tune her training. As Australia does not have the facilities needed to train for Aerial Skiing, Abbey spends the majority of her year overseas in the Northern Hemisphere, for both training and competitions.

Abbey’s goal is to not only make her Olympic debut at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games but become the best in the world at Freestyle Aerial Skiing.