While most of the Australian Olympic team have been touring the country enjoying welcome home parades and some well-deserved rest and recuperation, two-time canoe slalom medallist Jessica Fox has been preparing for a return to international competition this weekend.
The London silver medallist and Rio bronze medallist is in Prague for the fourth ICF World Cup event of the season, which starts Friday night, Australian time.
Fox will be competing in both the K1 and C1 events. C1 will be joining K1 as a discipline at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, after years of campaigning led by Australian Canoeing.
Fox has picked up two K1 silver medals and a C1 gold medal in the three World Cups contested so far in 2016.
Heading to Prague the 22-year-old is ranked second behind German Ricarda Funk in the K1, and fourth in the C1, with Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin leading the points table.
The 2016 World Cup final will be contested in Tacen, Slovenia, next weekend.
Fox’s Olympic teammates, Ian Borrows and Lucien Delfour, have not returned to Europe, however she will be joined this weekend by exciting teenagers Kate Eckhardt and Demelza Wall, while the men will be represented by Daniel Watkins, Brodie Crawford, Steven Lowther, Ben Pope and Tim Anderson.