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Athlete Biography

David Morris is Australia's first male aerial skier to make a World Cup podium (Lake Placid, Jan 2013) and then win a World Cup (Bukovel, UKR, Feb 2013. He finished the 2012/13 season ranked number two in the world. A fantastic result after taking a break from the sport and not contesting a single World Cup in the 2011/12 season.

Morris became Australia's second male Olympian in aerial skiing when he competed at Vancouver 2010 and just missed the final in 13th place, following a fantastic competition. Jonathon Sweet was the first in 1998.

Morris seemed destined to be a champion in aerial skiing after he first learnt to ski aged three and started gymnastics aged four. But it was around 15 years later that he met former world number one and dual Olympian Kirstie Marshall back in 2004. He worked with Marshall and other Australian coaches and slowly forced his way on to the aerials team with the girls and competed in his first NorAm Cups in early 2008. He then made his World Cup and World Championships debut in early 2009 a year out from the Vancouver Olympics.

Morris helps promote his sport by producing entertaining videos of the intense gym and water jump sessions to highlight what it takes to be a world leading aerial skier.

Schedule and Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

Freestyle Skiing
(Local) / 5:45 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Qualification 1
David Morris 2nd (118.59)
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 1
David Morris 8th (101.87)
(Local) / 9:55 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 2
David Morris 4th (115.05)
(Local) / 10:12 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Aerials Final 3 Medal Event
David Morris 2nd (110.41)
BLR Anton Kushnir AUS David Morris CHN Zongyang Jia

Fast Facts

Sport
Freestyle Skiing
Status
Selected
Event
Aerials Men
Nickname
Davo
Height
171cm
Weight
67kg
Age
29
Born
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Olympic Information

Vancouver 2010 - Freestyle Skiing (Aerials - 13th)

Recent Performances

  • 8th - 2014 World Cup (Lake Placid, USA)
  • 9th - 2014 World Cup (Deer Valley, USA)
  • 11th - 2013 World Cup (Beijing, China)
  • 5th - 2013 World Cup (Beida Lake, China)
  • 2nd (Cup 1), 4th (Cup 2) - 2013 Europa Cup (Ruka, Finland)

Training

Coach
Cord Spero
Eli Budd
Institute/Academy
Victorian Institute of Sport
Australian Institute of Sport
Club
Nunawading Gymnastics and Sports Club
Training Base in Australia
Melbourne, VIC
Training Base Overseas
Park City, USA (summer) & Rukatunturi, Finland (winter); Snowbasin, USA

Career Highlights

  • My first World Cup win in Bukovel, Ukraine 2013 because I only decided to go a few days before the event and was coached by the Swiss coach that week. I became the first Aussie male to win an aerial skiing gold.
  • Coming back from a year off to end up 2nd overall in the World Cup standings 2013, finishing the season with my first win. This was more important to me because 2nd overall showed consistency, not just luck.
  • My first podium (3rd place) in Lake Placid, USA Jan 2013. The previous week I'd achieved my best result ever of 4th and wanted to beat that. I ended up landing a jump I had not trained or competed on snow for two years and got a new PB high score and Australian record as well as my first podium ever.

Education

Primary
Our Lady of The Pines Primary School (Donvale, VIC)
Secondary
Whitefriars College (Donvale, VIC)
Tertiary
Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Physical Education - RMIT

Q&A

What is your favourite competition venue?
Deer Valley, USA

What is your goal for Sochi?
To win

Who is your sports hero?
Lydia Lassila, she works hard and pushes through the hard times and I admire that.

Don't tell me what I can't do. I don't play to lose.

BK in Sochi: Blog

BK in Sochi: Blog

BLOG: The past 16 days have whizzed past in a green and gold blur. I've had the time of my life jumping around cheering on the Aussies in Sochi! I'm about to head back to Australia, but before I do here are a few of my Games highlights!

WRAP: Aerial skiers jumping for joy

WRAP: Aerial skiers jumping for joy

FREESTYLE – AERIALS: Australia reaffirmed itself as one of the world’s aerial skiing powerhouse nations when it wound up its Sochi campaign with two medals, a first for the Aussies.

Sochi so Soon!

Exclusive fan e-news

Australia amazed by Aerials silver

Australia amazed by Aerials silver

FREESTYLE SKIING- AERIALS: Day 10 saw David Morris claim silver in the men’s Freestyle Aerials, Australia’s third medal in Sochi! Australians watched on in awe as the 29-year-old had the jump of his life, congratulating him from all around the world.

Morris's stunning start in men's Aerials

Morris's stunning start in men's Aerials

FREESTYLE – Aerials: Australian David Morris has made a brilliant start to his Sochi 2014 Olympic campaign, performing his best jump all year at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Monday night.

Sochi so Soon!

Exclusive fan e-news

PREVIEW: Morris is sky high about Lassila

PREVIEW: Morris is sky high about Lassila

FREESTYLE – AERIAL SKIING: David Morris is feeding off the inspiration from Lydia Lassila’s bronze medal performance to prepare for the men’s aerial skiing event at Sochi’s Extreme Park on Monday night.