There is nothing quite like the excitement of the Olympics. There is something almost mythical about it.
With 15 British skiers in our team this year, we take a look at who was at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and how they got on.
It has been a pretty incredible event for British skiing. With our first ever Olympic skiing medal and a Top 10 result in the Slalom, we are buzzing with pride for our athletes.
Men’s Freestyle Skiing
The majority of our other ski athletes are in the Freestyle category. With Alex Glavatsky-Yeadon, Murray Buchan and Peter Speight competing in the Men’s Halfpipe. James Woods and Tyler Harding in the Men’s Slopestyle and finally for the guys Lloyd Wallace in the Men’s Aerials.
Women’s Freestyle Skiing
In other news Britain has won its first skiing medal with Izzy Atkin taking bronze in the Women’s Slopestyle. The 19 year old was actually born in the US but feels British through and through. She boasts a love of Marmite and Ribena – that’s proof enough for us. Given her age we cannot wait to see what Izzy might go on to do – this girl sure can!
Dave Ryding has continued to wow us with his performance, bringing home at Top 10 place in the Men’s Slalom. He was beaten for gold – not by the favourites Marcel Hirscher or Henrik Kristoffersen (who both fell during their second run) – but by Andre Myhrer who took the gold in a surprising twist.
Ryding, through of course happy to have finished in the top 10, says the Myher’s surprise victory has inspired him to aim for the next Olympics in 4 years time. He told the BBC;
“Andre Myhrer has just won and he’s 35, Mario Matt won in Sochi at the age of 35 and I’ll be 35 in four years’ time”. G’wan Dave!!!
There has been talk in the British media about whether we should continue to send teams to the Winter Olympics. The naysayers out there seem to think that we should only be in it to win it.
Sure, it is true that our athletes may not have as much experience in their sports as the big mountain nations. Their athletes see snow before sun and learn to ski before they can walk. Our athletes have less funding and arguably more obstacles in their way. But doesn’t that make their performances all the more impressive and inspiring?
We are still buzzing from watching everyone in Team GB give it their all. We are already excited to scream our support in 4 years time in Beijing!