Jacqui Cooper

  • Jacqui Cooper Olympian, Speaker

    Jacqui Cooper has represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. Recruited at the age of 16 to join the Techne Team, within three years Jacqui was representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid; by 1994 she was competing at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. In 1999, she became a World Champion, and in the decade that followed,…

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About Jacqui

Jacqui Cooper has represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. Recruited at the age of 16 to join the Techne Team, within three years Jacqui was representing her country at the World Championships in Lake Placid; by 1994 she was competing at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. In 1999, she became a World Champion, and in the decade that followed, Jacqui Cooper dominated and revolutionised her sport.

In a long and decorated career, Jacqui has competed in 139 World Cup Events, nine World Championships and has been selected to five Winter Olympic teams, the first Australian Woman in history (Summer or Winter Games) to have enjoyed this honour. And with a record five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals, Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time.

Jacqui’s sport, however, is unforgiving; she has multiple reconstructions for her knee, elbow, shoulder and hip. In 2001 she broke her back in an attempt to win a record third World Title; she went on and won it. In 2002 at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Jacqui shattered her knee and broke her leg just two days before scheduled to compete, destroying a dream years in the making.

In 2010, Jacqui competed in Vancouver after a year of intense hip and knee rehabilitation, shocking doctors and spectators with her brave attempt to be competitive, despite the odds. She spent most of the months leading into the competition in a wheelchair, learning to walk again, and gaining confidence in a sport that is often brutal and cruel. She stunned the world when she placed fifth, the best Olympic result of her career.

Jacqui continues to devote much of her time to various international sporting committees including the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board, the AOC Athlete’s Commission, Ski and Snowboard Australia Board, the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Athletes Committee, the FIS Freestyle Athletes Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete’s Committee and the WADA Education Committee.

In addition to sport, Jacqui’s passion is the education of young people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, being role models, pursuing your dreams, being active, and goal setting. Jacqui speaks to all levels of students had has travelled to remote Aboriginal communities in a drug awareness campaign. In 2001 Jacqui’s interest, knowledge and passion for clean sport saw her become a key presenter for the AOC in their national drug education program. Since 2010, Jacqui has been La Trobe Financial’s Company Ambassador.

Jacqui was recently a recipient of the Governor’s Award, presented at the Vic Sports Awards in 2008 for being a role model, a champion, and a woman successful in sport and in life.

Jacqui’s story is one of self belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity against the odds.

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