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Steph Magiros is hoping to become the first Australian to go back-to-back in winter and then summer Olympics.

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Gymnast-turned-snowboarder Steph Magiros will take a step towards becoming the first Australian to compete in back-to-back summer and Winter Olympics when she contests the vault final at the national gymnastics championships in Melbourne on Saturday.

A semi-finalist in the snowboard halfpipe at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, Magiros has her eyes set on the Rio Games next year.

While two Australians have done the summer-winter double (Jana Pittman and Paul Narracott), the pair had eight to 10 years between Games.

The feat is also a rarity worldwide, the arduous nature of competing in very different disciplines limiting it to a small group of international athletes.

“With my gymnastics it is kind of a second chance after semi-retiring seven years ago,” Magiros told AAP.

“I am already ahead in my career than I ever was before so it is all a positive right now.”

The 24-year-old over-rotated her landings in qualifying in Melbourne and enjoyed some luck in squeezing through to the eight-woman final.

But Magiros felt with more time under her belt she would be pushing towards the top of the field.

“I still have a little more difficulty to add to my vaults,” she said.

“It’s not at that Olympics level just yet. But I have the potential in me to get it up there. The only thing now is timing – being the Olympics next year I am cut on time but my whole snowboarding career was cut on time as well and that was a success.”

Involved in gymnastics since the age of three, Magiros competed until her teens before trying snowboarding on a school trip at the age of 16.

Six years later she became a Winter Olympian.

After making the team she immediately decided to put gymnastics back on the agenda, registering for the national program just three days before the annual cut-off.

To send a team of five women’s gymnasts to Brazil, Australia first needs a top eight finish at the world championships in Glasgow in October.

While Magiros said she was still getting her head around the complexities of claiming an individual position in 2016 she understands there are a number of opportunities to build results that will get her to Rio.

“Knowing that no Australian has made two Olympic Games in a row, that has definitely been my fire to come back into it and give it a crack and see how far I can take my gymnastics again,” she said.


Australians to have achieved the feat:

Jana Pittman 400m hurdles (2004); bobsled (2014)

Paul Narracott 100m (1984); bobsled (1992)

Other notable internationals:

Lolo Jones (USA) 100m hurdles (2008, 2012) bobsled (2014)

Jan Bos (NED) speed skating (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) track cycling (2004)

Seiko Hashimoto (JPN) speed skating (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994); track cycling (1988, 1992, 1996).


2015 Australian National Championships


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NSW State Championships

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Interstate Challenge – (State Trial 2)

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This year i have chosen to continue competing in gymnastics but instead of competing in the Levels stream doing all-round I am now Competing as a Vault Specialist in the Senior Elite Devision which is the highest level of gymnastics you can ever get to.

State Trial 1:
I stuck both vaults and won!
Every competition has a qualification mark and i have happily met the creiteria and Qualified for the Australian National Championships in May!


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Australia Day – Rockdale Council Sportsperson of the Year


So honored to receive Rockdale Councils Sportsperson of the Year Award for 2015 on this special day! It’s almost a year since I competed at the Olympics and I can’t believe how amazing the last year has been!

I am proud to call Australia home and so grateful I got to represent my country!

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NSW Academy of Gymnastics Presentation Night

NSW Academy of Gymnastics presentation night!

I could not be happier choosing to come out of retirement earlier this year.
2014 has been so amazing and I can not thank Bill and Wendy enough for being my gymnastics parents for 18 years!

I had such a great night sharing my Olympic Dream with my Gymnastics family!

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Singapore International Invitational 2014

1st Vault – 3rd Bars – 3rd Beam & 3rd Overall

Stoked on a successfully stuck competition!



NSWIS Uniform Photoshoot

I was chosen by the NSW Institute of Sport to be part of their new uniform photoshoot.

Shooting with one of my favourite getty images photographers Cameron Spencer. It was a fun day including some munchkin style rope climbs.

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NSW Olympians Club Reunion

NSW Olympians Club Reunion

With fellow Sochi team mates Taylah, Dani and Holly.

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