18 December 2019

GB SNOWSPORT FUTURE STARS SET TO REPRESENT TEAM GB AT LAUSANNE 2020

Eleven future stars of GB Snowsport will join a 28-strong team representing Great Britain at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland.

The Games, which run from 9th – 22nd January, will see Team GB compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across 14 days of competition.

The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age, with all eleven GB Snowsport athletes competing representing Team GB for the first time.

In a new format for Lausanne 2020, the two weeks will see the Games split into two waves of athletes attending across week one and week two to allow for more athletes to compete across the duration of the competition – 1,880 in total compared to around 1,000 at Lillehammer 2016.

The Youth Olympic Games provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring winter Olympians and Team GB’s class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Mica McNeill and Katie Summerhayes who both went on to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having first competed at a YOG.

Lausanne 2020 is expected to welcome some of the world’s best young athletes from 70 nations for the third edition of the Games following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer four years later.

Ski mountaineering and women’s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event. A mixed-NOC 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament and a women’s doubles event in luge will also be contested for the first time.

Georgie Harland, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020, said: “This is a very special moment for the 30 athletes selected for the Games. It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.

“We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience.”

Dan Hunt, GB Snowsport Performance Director and Chair of the Selection Committee, said: “The Winter Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic platform for the next generation of British Olympic stars, providing a unique opportunity to experience a multi-sport event as a member of Team GB.

'We are excited to take eleven athletes, who will compete across more disciplines than ever before – including our first ever Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined athletes at a Winter Youth Olympics. Our athletes have trained hard to be in a position to represent Team GB and I hope Lausanne 2020 will act as a springboard for them on their journey to the senior games in years to come.”

GB Snowsport athlete Mani Cooper - who will compete in Nordic Combined in its inugral year as part of the games - said: “I am honoured to be included in the squad for the Youth Winter Olympics in Lausanne 2020. It will be a privilege being part of Team GB and representing Great Britain.’

“I am also excited to be the first ever Team GB Nordic Combined athlete to compete at a Youth Winter Olympics – I can’t wait to enjoy the games!”

Kirsty Muir, freestyle skier, said: “I am so happy to be selected to represent Team GB in January at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. I’m really looking forward to the competitions and to enjoy the whole games experience.”

Full list of GB Snowsport Athletes selected athletes below: 

Alpine Skiing:

Name: Jack Cunningham

DOB: 23.03.2002Hometown: Oxford

Name: Daisi Daniels

DOB: 20.07.2002Hometown: Rochdale

Name: Sophie Foster

DOB: 28.03.2003Hometown: Leatherhead

Name: Robert Holmes

DOB: 24.08.2002Hometown: Barrowford

Cross-country skiing:

Name: Molly Jefferies

DOB: 23.11.2003Hometown: Les Gets, France

Name: James Slimon

DOB: 13.04.2002Hometown: Laggan

Freestyle Skiing:

Name: Scott Johns

DOB: 12.06.2003Hometown: Dorridge

Name: Jasper Klein

DOB: 02.03.2002Hometown: Cirencester

Name: Kirsty Muir

DOB: 05.05.2004Hometown: Aberdeen

Nordic Combined

Name: Mani Cooper

DOB: 06.06.2003Hometown: Innsbruck, Austria

Ski Jumping

Name: Sam Bolton

DOB: 09.12.2002Hometown: Calgary, Canada

 

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