25 February 2010
Gold for RMIT graduate
RMIT graduate Lydia Lassila celebrates her win. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Courtesy AOC.
RMIT University congratulates graduate Lydia Lassila on her gold medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Ms Lassila won gold in the Women’s Aerial Skiing.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said it was a fantastic win.
“The RMIT community has been right behind Lydia in her efforts and we are thrilled that she was able to make her Olympic dream come true in Vancouver,” Professor Gardner said.
“The knowledge she gained while studying Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) would have helped in her recovery from knee reconstruction surgery after the last Olympics.
“Congratulations to Lydia and to all the RMIT staff who contributed to her success.”
Physical Education Program Co-ordinator, Leigh Brown said Ms Lassila had been very resilient in her recovery from the surgery to come back and win gold.
“This shows that people who are willing to put in the work, and have the talent, can reach the top of the podium.”
Ms Lassila and Women’s Aerials team-mate Liz Gardner, also an RMIT graduate, started in the sport after a fellow student, who was an aerial skiing coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport, suggested they try it.
Men’s Aerials competitor, David Morris is a current RMIT student.