BEND, Ore. -- Kent Callister, whose family moved from Australia to Central Oregon in 2005, will compete for that country in the snowboard halfpipe competition in PyeongChang.

It's actually his second trip to the Olympics. He competed for Australia in Sochi, finishing ninth in the halfpipe, according to Australian Olympic Team web site.

He started competing in slopestyle and snowboard in 2010 and his first podium finishes were consecutive golds in 2012 on the Rev tour. That year, he finished 13th in his World Cup debut in New Zealand.

Callister was 15th at the 2013 World Championships in Stoneham, Canada.

He was a top 20 finisher in 2016 and 2017 events, he looks forward to PyeongChang. He is familiar with the venue, having finished 8th there in a test competition.

“I’m very excited to be heading to my second Olympic Games,” Callister said.

“I had a blast riding in Sochi so I’m looking forward to the whole Olympic experience at PyeongChang I feel very grateful to be going to the Olympics again so I’m going to soak it all in."

His great uncle Cyril Callister invented Vegemite.

Photos: Kent Callister's Road to PyeongChang