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Australia's oldest Olympian celebrates centenary

Australia's oldest Olympian, Frank Prihoda Source: Supplied

Frank Prihoda is Australia's oldest living Olympian, and is celebrating his 100th birthday.

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Frank Prihoda competing in alpine skiing in the 1956 Winter Olympics (AOC)
The Australian Olympic Committee

The winter sports pioneer is celebrating with his close family at his home in the home of Australian skiing - Thredbo.

In 1948 Frank Prihoda fled post-war communist Czechoslovakia on a pair of skis across a frozen lake in the south of the country into Austria.

In 1950 he and his family boarded a ship to Australia - along with his skis, because he knew there was snow to be found in his new homeland.

Eight years later he was representing his adopted country, Australia, at the Winter Olympics in Italy.

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