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Andrew Musgrave has come 7th in the best ever Olympic result for a British cross-country skier - and his favourite event is yet to come.






To put his achievement in context, the previous best result was 29th at the Sochi Games four years ago,  and that was also Musgrave.

Commentators described his performance in the brutal 30km skiathlon (15km in the classic style and 15km in the free or skate style) as phenomenal.

At one stage it looked as if it could have been even better.

With 5km to go he was in the silver medal position.

In the end the Norwegian skiers triumphed with a clean sweep of the podium.

Gold went to Simen Hegstad Krueger, silver to Martin Johnsrud Sundby and bronze to Hans Christer Holund.

Musgrave is probably the only person not impressed.

"It's a decent result but I'm not at the Olympics to come seventh. I'm here to fight for a win," he said.

Andrew Musgrave in Skiathlon, PyeongchangAndrew Musgrave - photo British Nordic Ski Team





















"I'm a little disappointed, I felt really good," he added.

"I felt awesome with about a lap and a half to go and I felt that I would be in the fight for the victory. I just ended up going a little bit too hard on the last lap.

"After that, until about 2km to go, I was still thinking I could be in the fight for silver and bronze but the second to last hill, I just realised my legs were a little bit heavy and I didn't quite have enough in the tank."


Musgrave's best event, in which he'll be hoping to challenge for a medal, is the 15km which takes place on Friday 16th February.

"It does give me a bit of confidence today. The 15km should be my best event.

"I was in the fight for the medals here until the last couple of kilometres. So when this isn't my best, come Friday I should be in the fight for the victory."

This is the 27-year-old's third Winter Olympics but he has put much higher expectations on himself in Pyeongchang.

Since Sochi, he has announced himself as a contender on the international stage, with a fourth place at last year's World Championships in the 50km and a first full World Cup podium finish in December 2017 when was third in the 15km free at Toblach.

This season he also registered a career-best 15th overall in the Tour de Ski.

GB's other skier in the 30km skiathlon, 25-year-old Callum Smith, in his second Olympics, recorded a personal best finish of 57th. 

More news from day two .....

There was bad news and good news for the sporting action on day 2.

High winds forced the postponement of the first alpine event, the men's downhill.

It's been re-scheduled for Thursday at 2am GMT.

The wind also resulted in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification being cancelled.

Aimee FullerAimee Fuller training last week - photo Aimee Fuller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good news is that all 26 athletes - including Team GB's sole competitor Aimee Fuller - will go straight into tomorrow's final (starting 1am GMT) which will now be the best of two runs rather than three.

Fuller just missed out on qualification for the final at Sochi where the slopestyle event had its Olympic debut, finishing in 17th place.

The final of the men's snowboard slopestyle did go ahead with no British involvement after all three Team GB snowboarders went out in qualification.

There was an unexpected victory for an American teenager.

17-year-old Red Gerard clinched gold on the last of his three runs with 87.16 points.

The podium was completed by two Canadians.

Max Parrot took the silver and Mark McMorris - who suffered near-fatal injuries in a backcountry snowboarding accident in March - took the bronze.

Coming up on day three.....

That women's snowboard slopestyle final and the first alpine race of the Games, the women's giant slalom.

Medal contenders include the remarkable American Mikaela Shiffrin, who's the overall World Cup leader across all disciplines; Germany's Victoria Rebensburg who is currently top of the GS World Cup rankings; and the winner of the most recent GS World Cup race at Lenzerheide, Tessa Worley of France.

GB's Alex Tilley will be making her Olympic debut in the event, which is her preferred discipline.

Alex TilleyAlex Tilley - photo Vanessa Fry Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a World Cup in Courchevel in December Tilley finished 13th - the best result of her career.

The first run is scheduled for 1.15am GMT and the second at 4.45am GMT, weather permitting.

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