Two RMIT University alumni are representing Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Aerial skiers Lydia Lassila and David Morris are part of a record contingent of 28 university athletes at the Sochi games.
Ms Lassila, who completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at RMIT in 2006, will be defending her Olympic title in Aerial Freestyle Skiing.
She won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games with a triple-twisting triple somersault.
Ms Lassila studied at RMIT in conjunction with her ski training, completing her university assignments abroad while travelling and competing. This will be her fourth Olympic Games.
David Morris is also competing in aerial skiing for Australia in Sochi, and has named Ms Lassila as one of his heroes.
Australia's most successful male aerial skier, Mr Morris graduated from RMIT in 2011 with Honours in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education).
Mr Morris is ranked fourth in the world for men's freestyle, and became the first Australian male aerial skier to make a World Cup podium in 2013.
He makes his Olympic comeback after his debut in Vancouver in 2010.
Over the last 12 years, RMIT has seen 24 student and alumni athletes participate at an Olympic level, placing The University in the top four higher education institutes to send athletes to the Games.
Twenty eight of the 60 Australians competing in Sochi are university-educated athletes.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said this was a demonstration of the strength and support for elite athlete programs at Australian universities.
"We know there is evidence this support is contributing to Australia's success on the international sporting stage. Following the 2012 London Olympics, 63 per cent of Australian medallists were university students," he said.
The 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games are on until 23 February.
Medal Update: David Morris won the silver medal in the Men's Aerials and Lydia Lassila won the bronze in the Women's Aerials. During training at Sochi, Ms Lassila also became the first women ever to complete a quad-twisting triple somersault.
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