inter Olympics bronze medal winner at the 1998 Games at Nagano, Japan.
Zali, then aged 23 and from Manly in Sydney, won the bronze in the slalom. Although Oz born, Zali grew up in the French Alps where she honed the skills that would take her to a World Cup win in the slalom in November, 1997.
Of her Olympic win she said "It was just one of those perfect days."
On 14th February, 1999, at Vail, Colorado, she was crowned Australia's first world champion in alpine skiing.
Firstly, everyone thought she was Austrian and then they played the Armenian anthem at the presentation ceremony.
Officialdom made up for it next day when they gave her another ceremony.
Zali's skills were spotted when she was only 4 years old. The family were staying at Morzine in the French Alps when her prowess at that early age was spotted by the top ski coach in the village. At 10 years old she entered a
European junior championship and was 129th of 130 girls to ski - she won easily, despite the adverse state of the snow.
Roll on the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, 2002.