Team GB Media
17 January 2020

Mani Cooper to make history at Lausanne 2020

GB Snowsport and Team GB athlete Mani Cooper will make history tomorrow (Saturday) in Lausanne when she becomes the first ever female GB athlete to compete in Nordic Combined (Ski Jumping and Cross Country skiing) discipline at an Olympic event.

The Kettering-born athlete, has been competing in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined events since she the age of 12 and will tomorrow represent Team GB at Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. 

Cooper, now 16, discovered Ski Jumping after watching the Bergisel Four Hills Ski Jumping 2012 Tournament in Innsbruck. Even after her father showed her countless videos of ski jumpers crashing, Mani was determined to compete in the sport.

Mani’s family relocated to Innsbruck and her career began at ‘SV Innsbruck Bergisel´ shortly after the 2012 Four Hills Tournament. Cooper was then invited to join the regional squad, (Tyrolian Ski Federation -TSV) and started competing in the Nordic Combined Events - and even took part in Austrian National Competitions and Championships.

Following practice today on the 90m jump, in what was less than ideal conditions for athletes, Mani posted three 60+ meter practice jumps. She also completed a practice run of the two kilometre cross country training course.

Speaking post-practice Mani today said: “It was great to be out there in my team kit - even if conditions were a little testing. My first jump was ok but the second was a way early. The cross country was hard work but it was great to be here and get out practicing”.

On being in Lausanne and being the first ever Great British female Ski Jumper at any Olympic Games, Cooper said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be here and of course to be the first-ever female athlete competing in the Ski Jump as part of the Nordic Combined discipline an Olympic event for Team GB.”

“I hope I am the first of many and I hope I can inspire as many younger female athletes to take up Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping.”

Earlier on in the day Mani had received a video of support from the most celebrated British Ski jumper in Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, commenting on the video Mani said: “If I am honest I was hiding the tears when I saw the video Eddie had made. It is amazing to  be recognised by him and really cool that he has taken the time to make the video.”

Mani will be competing tomorrow in the Ski Jump between 08:30 – 9:00 GMT and in the cross country from 13:00 GMT. Fans can watch all the action Watch the action from Lausanne 2020 at olympicchannel.com and its mobile apps.

For more information email media@gbsnowsport.co.uk

 

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