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Yes, you read that right. Britain has a medal-winning ski jumper. He's Sam Bolton and he's just 14.

The teenager has been impressing at the 19th Springer Tournee competition in Park City, Utah, finishing up with not one medal but two.

He topped the podium in the Under 16 age group, ahead of 28 other male competitors.

Despite his tender age, he also took joint second place in the Under 20 category in which there were 38 other jumpers.

Sam BoltonSam Bolton in flight




















In the Under 16s, he jumped a distance of 65 metres in his first attempt, and then 67 metres in his second jump, giving him the best average distance overall.

In the Under 20s he jumped 95.5 metres in his first jump, and 97.5 metres in his second.

The winning jump was a huge 101 metres.

It's an impressive result at one of the biggest summer events for Junior Ski Jumpers.

Many of his fellow competitors have years more jumping experience.

Under 16 Springer Tournee podium Topping the podium in the Under-16s



















U20 Springer Tournee podiumJoint second in the Under-20s




















The 14-year old, who is based in Canada, first tried ski jumping at the age of eight at the Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

It's where GB's first and only Olympic ski jumper, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, competed and came to fame.


Sam now travels to competitions all over North America, as well as in Europe.

His fellow British athlete, Robert Lock (19), was also competing in Park City in the Large Hill Ski Jumping Championships.

He finished 15th overall in a field of 34 jumpers.

He landed his first jump with a distance of 105.5 metres, then made 109.5 metres in his second attempt.

So, fingers crossed - Team GB could soon be back on the Winter Olympic ski jumping hill.

This article is based on one published on the British Ski & Snowboard website

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