Phillip Bellingham began skiing almost as soon as he could walk and has been competitive since 2008. During the lead up to Sochi he contested various World Cup and FIS races across Europe.
Bellingham raced well to record FIS points at the 2013 World Cup races in Lahti, Finland and Davos, Switzerland over the 15km distance. In January he collected his best FIS points (52.93) in Poland.
The Mount Beauty skier made his World Championship debut in 2013 where he finished 25th in the Team Sprint Freestyle, 73rd in the Sprint Classic and 93rd in the 15km Freestyle.
Bellingham had a busy finish to 2013. He became just the second Australian to start the prestigious Tour de Ski and also raced in the 2013 World University Games in Italy, recording finishes of 15th (4x10km relay), 23rd (30km Classic) and 42nd (10km Freestyle).
The Olympic debutant first began skiing at Falls Creek, which is where he still does most of his training throughout the Australian winter.
Outside skiing, Bellingham is currently studying a Bachelor of Education online through Charles Sturt University having already finished a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Ballarat. He also keeps an exciting blog that follows the Australian Cross Country team across the world.