Kirsty Muir in action during run two of slopestyle finals at Lausanne 2020
OIS Media
18 January 2020

Kirsty Muir narrowly misses podium and Mani Cooper makes British sporting history

GB Snowsport’s Kirsty Muir took part in slopestyle finals at the Leysin Park at Lausanne 2020 today and narrowly missed out on a podium spot after finishing in fourth position - equalling Team GB's best individual result of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

After a slip up in her qualifying first run, Muir found her rhythm and booked her spot in the finals with 77.5 point score in her second run.

Kirsty was up against a talented line up which included world champion Estonia's Kelly Sildaru - who won the halfpipe gold at the 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships. Despite the strong competition Kirsty found herself in the lead briefly in run one of the finals when she posted her highest score of the day – 86.25.

However, it was to be Kelly Sildaru’s day as she took gold posting a highest points tally of 93.75 and putting down three consistent and impressive runs. Despite a strong finish from Kirsty who posted another 86 point run she was unable to break into the top three to miss out on a medal.

Speaking after the conclusion of the event, Muir said: "I’m happy that I’ve landed my runs, I definitely have things to improve but I was really happy with that.

"In the morning it was really fast, I was struggling for speed there (in the final), but I managed to find it. I wasn’t too nervous I knew I could go and send my tricks and do what I could; there was nothing to stop me, I just had to send it."

You can follow Kirsty in action in the Big Air Event in the Leysin Park on Tuesday from 9:00am GMT. 

Meanwhile in Les Tuffes British sporting history was made when Mani Cooper completed her first 90m jump of the day making her the first ever British female Ski Jumper to compete at an Olympic Games.

Mani jumped 69m and scored 85pts overall leaving her in 16th place heading into the cross country stage and work to do. After a fall in the cliff section Mani bounced back to finish 19th overall and write her name in the British record books.

“The first lap of the cross country - I felt good. The second one the girls came and closed me down. I tried to stick with the girls that had overtaken me, but I reached the downhill part where I was pushing and pushing, but came unbalanced and crashed. I had to get my pace back and try and finish as high up as possible.

 

“This competition has been amazing and it’s very much a stepping stone. It’s all about progress, progress, progress and improving, but I’m really happy to be here. My big aim is to compete at Beijing 2022 in the first women’s Nordic combined event.”

In Les Tuffes Nordic Centre tomorrow Sam Bolton will become the first male British ski jumper to represent Team GB since 2002 when Glynn Pedersen wore the GB colours in Salt Lake City.

The cross-country skiing also got underway at the Vallée de Joux Cross-Country Centre, with British pair Molly Jefferies and James Slimon in action in the cross-country free competition.

Teenager Jefferies finished in 51st position in the women’s event – improving on her starting bib number of 72, while Slimon finished 67th in the men’s. Both athletes are back in action tomorrow, competing in the sprint free.

Watch the action from Lausanne 2020 at olympicchannel.com and its mobile apps.

 

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