Kirsty Muir has capped off a tremendous season by securing her second medal of the Junior World Championships in the space of five days.

Having already stood on the podium on Tuesday when she was second in ski slopestyle, Muir took on big air qualifying on Thursday where she received the fourth-highest score to qualify for Saturday’s final.

As the only skier to successfully land their first two tricks in the final – a switch misty 9 mute followed by a 720 lead tail – Muir was in the gold medal position going into the third run.

While the 14-year-old was unable to improve her score, triple X-Games champion Kelly Sildaru (Estonia) and World Cup winner Megan Oldham (Canada) landed their final runs to overhaul Muir and move into the top two positions. Having finished just 1.20 points off the podium in 2018, Muir’s score was strong enough to hold onto the bronze medal.

“My first run I didn’t land the best, but I still landed the run and I was happy with it,” said Muir. “The second run I knew I had more chance of landing and I landed that trick and then took a crash on the third run but still managed to come third.

“I’m super happy with the result.”

The result rounds out an amazing season for the Aberdeen skier which began at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand where she secured three top 10 results from as many events. Muir then made her first Europa Cup starts earlier this year with a victory and two second place results from three events, and this week she won silver and bronze medals. At the conclusion of the Championships, Muir was presented with the ladies’ under 15 outstanding achievement award.

With Connie Brogden winning the World Junior halfpipe title in January, GB was on the ladies’ podium in all three freeski disciplines at the 2019 Junior World Championships.

Skier Jasper Klein (32nd) and snowboarders Luca Mai Lane Hopkins (21st), Hollie Smith (32nd), Ethan Smith (41st) and Gabe Adams (75th) missed out on qualifying for their respective big air finals.

** At last week’s US National Championships at Copper Mountain, skier Connie Brogden finished second in halfpipe and fourth in slopestyle before winning the big air title.

** The final speed skiing World Cup of the season took place in Andorra with races on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s race, Jan Farrell finished ninth while Rob McCluskey was 29th. On Saturday Farrell was 14th while McCluskey’s 22nd place was his best World Cup finish. Farrell was seventh overall on the 2018/19 World Cup standings, finishing inside the top 10 for the fifth straight season.

 

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