The celebrations lasted well into the morning for Matt Graham and his family and friends, after he became only the 11th Australian to win a Winter Olympics medal.
The twenty-three year old, from the NSW Central Coast, claimed silver in the men’s moguls.
“It’s pretty awesome, it’s really starting to sink in now,” he told 9NEWS.
“There were some heavy crashes and some big guys went down,” he said.
“I was going up the chairlift telling myself to save the best for last, and I did that and I’m really happy with the outcome,” he said.
Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury, who’s the most successful moguls skier of all time, took gold.
There were huge cheers for Graham as he arrived at a nearby bar to celebrate his silver medal.
The bar, called Nuts, was overtaken by family and friends of Australian athletes.
Graham’s parents and grandparents joined the celebrations in Pyeongchang.
His mother Debbie said the long drives from the Central Coast to the ski fields for training were worth it.
“You shoved four kids in the car, you drove for six hours, you talked until you fought and then you hopped in the car and you all came home, there was no training during the week.. it was easier,” she told 9NEWS.
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Graham was a junior sailing champion, and ultimately had to decide which sport to pursue.
“My dream originally as a kid was to go to the summer Olympics in sailing and then come away and go to the Winter Olympics for skiing,” he said.
“It wasn’t ’til I was about twelve years old that I figured it was too bloody hard and I had to choose one.”
Right about this time Graham got to admire and ultimately know another fish out of water – Canadian turned Australian moguls skier Dale Begg-Smith.
He watched in awe as Begg-Smith took gold for his adopted country in Turin 12 years ago and it was right about then his choice became obvious.