GB wins gold at Youth Winter Olympics
14th February 2016
Madi Rowlands wins the half pipe gold. Elsewhere the GB women have done well as Katie Ormerod secures a first World Cup Podium and Aimee Fuller wins a Silver too. UPDATED
Madi Rowlands is the first Team GB athlete to win a Youth Olympic medal on snow.
The 2016 Youth Winter Olympics are taking place in Lillehammer in Norway.
Rowlands dominated the field throughout and put down the best two runs of the competition at Oslo’s Vinterpark, beating silver medallist Paula Cooper’s best effort of 79.00.
The 15-year-old notched 83.20 in her opening run before bettering that with 88.60 her second and the Maidstone skier, who competes again in Friday’s slopestyle, was suitably delighted with gold.
“I couldn’t be happier. It’s just so overwhelming. It was nerve-wracking to wait for the others to finish but I felt like I had done enough,” said Rowlands after her victory.
“I was so stoked with that first run and to land it like I did meant I was able to relax more and not be so nervous in the second and third. There are two main competitions I ultimately want to get to, the X Games and then the Olympics. This is a great step towards that and I’m just so stoked to win,” she added.
British Ski and Snowboard had two huge results at the weekend as the snowboarder, Katie Ormerod, clinched her first World Cup podium place at the big air event in Quebec, Canada.
And Aimee Fuller won a Silver medal in Sweden at the Ale Invite Big Air festival.
Ormerod aged 18, finished behind Winter Olympic slopestyle champion, American Jamie Anderson.
Katie old landed a backside 720 mute and backflip indy, claiming 126.25 points.
This was enough to secure her a Silver medal.
Katie took to Twitter in her excitement and commented:
“So excited to be on my first World Cup podium here in Quebec City for the Big Air!! Stoked on 2nd place!”
— Katie Ormerod (@OrmerodKatie) February 14, 2016
Ormerod’s second place makes her a legitimate medal contender for Pyeongchang 2018, where Big Air makes becomes an official Olympic sport for the first time.
At the age of 15, Ormerod became the youngest girl to land a double backflip on a snowboard.
And a year later Katie Ormerod also became the world’s first female to land a backside double cork 1080.
Aimee Fuller won a Silver medal in Sweden at the Ale Invite.
Taking to Facebook Aimee commented: “EXCITED! 2nd place at my first WST Big Air contest ðŸ˜ thanks for an epic weekend Sweden. Next stop Korea âœŒðŸ» “
Slopestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller, was the first woman to land a double back flip in competition.
The Winter Olympics might be two years away but Aimee Fuller is concentrating hard on training.
Here’s a video showing Aimee in training and showing her skills a GB Park and Pipe video made in Absolut park in Flachauwinkl.
Delancey British Alpine Team
Dave Ryding and his fellow competitors faced tricky conditions at the World Cup Slalom in Yuzawa Naeba, Japan.
After heavy snowfall the night before, then rain and bad visibility on the second run, Ryding finished 22nd position.
Dave said after the event: “22nd was what I could manage in Japan. I had some good sections of skiing but not a whole run unfortunately. I’m glad to take 9 World Cup points rather than nothing, so time to move on to Kranjska Gora in three weeks time. I must say it was a great event in Japan, great people and a fun first week over there.”
Charlie Guest took to the FIS podium finishing 1st and 2nd in the Krakauebene Slalom’s over the weekend, following her personal bests of 17th and 18th in Pamporovo EC Slalom earlier in the week.
British Aerials Team
On his 21st Birthday, Lloyd Wallace put in a good performance at the Aerials World Cup in Moscow.
Lloyd put down a clean landing on his triple twisting triple, the lay double-full full and scored a 91.85 to take 16th place.
On the colossal scaffolding hill, specifically made for the event, conditions had been tricky in training with high winds and changing temperatures, meaning the jumpers didn’t get to practice triple somersaults until just before the competition.
Lloyd’s coach Mich Roth said: “This is all good practice for the future. Lloyd keeps a good focus and can perform well at the right moment. We have work to do on his form, but we are seeing steady improvement.”
Wallace said after the event: “It was pretty challenging, especially with several crashes throughout the day, so I was really happy to stomp my landing. It’s been a good birthday.”
Wallace now moves on with the World Cup tour to Minsk, Belarus next week.
With the cancellation of the World Cup finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain due to lack of snow, Saturday’s event in Minsk will be the tour final.
At last year’s event there Lloyd made World Cup Finals for the first time, finishing 11th.
He will be aiming to match that performance.
British Ski Cross
British Ski Cross racer, Emily Sarsfield, made it through to the last 16 of the World Cup in Idre Fjall in Sweden on Saturday.
On a big and technical course, Sarsfield finished a fantastic 12th place on Saturday.
After qualifying into the last 16, she unfortunately took a fall in the finals.
Yesterday Sarsfield felt she was ‘skiing better’ but unfortunately didn’t quite make it through to quarter-finals.
She was happy with the weekend though and said it was a good event to ‘rebuild confidence’.
Emily will race next in Bokwang/ PyeongChang, Korea in the Ski Cross World Cup and Olympic test event on 26th and 28th February.
British Nordic Team
The British Nordic Team were in Falun, Sweden this weekend at the Cross Country World Cup.
On Saturday Andrew Young took 60th in the Men’s 10km Classic and Annika Taylor was 65th in the Women’s 5km Classic.
Then on Sunday Young moved up a few places to take 53rd in the Men’s 15km Freestyle Mass-start and Annika was 63rd in the 10km equivalent for the women.
Winter Youth Olympic Games
The action continues at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer following Madi Rowlands Gold medal.
On Saturday, Yasmin Cooper and Iain Innes had their first taste of Youth Olympic competition in the Super-G event.
Cooper pushed hard but missed a gate and failed to finish her first run, while Innes fared much better – finishing in 32nd – and the 17-year-old from Edinburgh was delighted with the result.
“I thought it went really well today. I made a bit of a mistake coming into the finish and probably lost a second or so but overall really happy,” said Innes.
Then yesterday Cooper had a great ski in the Alpine Combined event.
Cooper finished the Super-G in 19th and came down the slalom 16th quickest to finish 13th overall.
Innes unfortunately DNF in the Men’s Alpine Combined.
Ski Cross athlete Isobel Brown (16, Ashbourne) races today and Madi Rowlands will go on to compete in the Ski Slopestyle on Friday. Cal Sandieson (17, Glasgow) competes in the Ski Slopestyle on Saturday.
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