19 February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 - Day 11 Preview

FREESTYLE SKIING: LADIES’ HALFPIPE at Phoenix Snow Park

1:30am (GMT) Final – Rowan Cheshire

Four years after what should have been her first appearance, Rowan Cheshire finally made her Olympic debut in the ladies’ halfpipe and she has qualified through to tomorrow morning’s final.

Rowan Cheshire will line up for her first Olympic final tomorrow morning after qualifying in ninth position with a score of 74.

Cheshire went into Sochi as a leading contender having won a World Cup event just one month prior, however a heavy crash in training ruled her out of the Games. Four years on, her story of redemption adds another chapter now she has won through to the final 12.

“It feels amazing to reach the final, I'm so happy, I can relax a little bit now,” said Cheshire. “I had a really good training run, I was trying to stay relaxed and chilled through it all. The first run I just wanted to land a run and show what I could do.”

Cheshire believes she still has some more points left in her having not laid down exactly the run she hoped on Monday.

“I missed out a trick in the first run just so that I could land and make finals potentially. It was a little bit scrappy, I put my hand on the floor and I missed a grab or so.

“The second run went really well, it was still a little bit scrappy but I've got three runs in finals to clean that up. I'm just happy to make it and show what I can do.” 

 

FREESTYLE SKIING: MEN’S HALFPIPE at Phoenix Snow Park

4am (GMT) Qualifying – Murray Buchan, Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon, Peter Speight

After Rowan Cheshire takes on the ladies’ final, a trio of British skiers will take to the men’s halfpipe hopeful of qualifying inside the top 12.

Murray Buchan has been moonlighting as an expert television commentator earlier this week but turns his attention to his second Olympic competition tomorrow.

The 26-year-old Scot finished 17th in Sochi and will have his sights set on finishing inside the top 12. Buchan made his debut at World Cup level as a 16-year-old more than 10 years ago, and his consistency is highlighted by his four top 20s in four World Championships appearances.

Buchan is joined in the final by Peter Speight and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon.

Both skiers had breakthrough years to secure their Olympic selection, gaining top ten results in China where Speight finished fourth and Glavastsky-Yeadon eighth.

Speight’s result was the best ever finish for a British male in ski halfpipe and was one of three top 20 results he recorded over the course of the season.

Before this campaign, Glavatsky-Yeadon had competed in just nine World Cup events over the previous six seasons but skied in five competitions this season where he gained four top 30 results.

 

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