PyeongChang Daily Update Day 12 Wrap / Day 13 Preview

Today’s events
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Qualifying
Cross Country: Men’s Team Sprint

Tomorrow’s events
Alpine: Men’s Slalom
Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Cross Qualifying


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Team GB Results
Heat 1: Rowan Coultas 8th (17th overall), Jamie Nicholls 11th (23rd overall)
Heat 2: Billy Morgan 6th (qualified for final)

Snowboarder Billy Morgan has kept the flag flying for GB Park and Pipe by qualifying for the inaugural Olympic final of the men’s big air.

Competing in the second heat and needing a top six finish to qualify for the final, Morgan was in sixth after the first run and then upped his score to 90.50 on the second, however he still sat in the final qualifying position. He was then forced to watch six more riders come down behind him but none were able to better his score and he moved into Saturday’s final.

“Someone had to do a more technical trick to beat me,” said Morgan. There are few guys who can do tricks but not with that grab. The standard is mental, everyone has been killing it.

“I would need a lot of luck to podium now after seeing what's going on. Watching practice it has been mental. But anything can happen, I will try my best."

Morgan’s preparations for the event were somewhat disrupted with a blocked ear which needed medical treatment on the morning of the competition.

“I woke up this morning with a completely blocked ear and I had to go have it syringed this morning. I was panicked, I just felt terrible,” he said. “With your ear blocked it's a horrible feeling and I wouldn't have felt too comfortable going in and doing this not feeling great.

“When I got here I was still feeling a bit dizzy but I think the adrenalin kicked in and took over and I was alright.”

In the first heat, Rowan Coultas went agonisingly close to making the final, finishing 8th with a score of 84.50, just half a point off the top six.

It was far and away Coultas’ strongest international performance and has laid a marker for the future that he can mix it with the best in the world.

“I'm feeling amazing, I'm so stoked to land those runs,” said the 20-year-old. “It went to plan, I managed to smash training and get it a few times. I'd never done the trick in a competition before so maybe that's why I'm so stoked.

“In the second run, I just wanted to go as big as possible to score those extra few points and I managed to do that.

“I'm just really happy to land. It was a stacked heat so you could tell by the scores it would be really tight to squeeze in there. It's been an amazing Games, I'm definitely going to try to go to the next one.”

Jamie Nicholls was also in the first heat and had the honour of being the first male rider to drop in an Olympic big air competition. While he couldn’t land his first run, he managed 81.25 on his second and was proud to be part of a new era of Olympic snowboarding.

"I messed up my first run but I felt like that was down to my nerves,” said Nicholls. “And then I got my second run really good, I was really happy with it, no hands down."

“It's just good to be part of such a high standard of snowboard big air. I'm excited for the future and the next four years and going into the next Games.”

Morgan will contest the first ever men’s snowboard big air final from Saturday 1am.


CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S TEAM SPRINT at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Team GB Result: Andrew Musgrave/Andrew Young 12th

British pair Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young sat provisionally in the team sprint final after their first heat but were forced to watch on as their tenuous place in the final slipped away.

The second heat produced a faster race than the first, with Musgrave and Young falling back from sixth in their heat to finish 12th overall.

The result is Britain’s second highest finish ever in an Olympic cross country event behind Musgrave’s seventh in the skiathlon at these Games, and the best team result ahead of three 14th place finishes in the men’s 4x10km relay (1956, 1964, 1984).

“That was good fun, it was really hard,” said Young who turned 26 today. “I wasn't feeling lethargic but just didn't have my best body so I just had to make the most of it and try and ski three good consistent laps.

“I think we didn't quite ski to 100 per cent. At an Olympics if you don't come out all guns firing, you get punished for that.”

While it is Young’s last race of the Games, Musgrave will come out for his fourth and final event on Saturday in the 50km classic, determined to do well after being disappointed in his 15km free race earlier in the week.

"I've got over it a little bit now and I'm looking forward to doing the 50km and getting another top result,” said Musgrave. "Of course I still think about it a little bit. It was the biggest goal of the last four years, of course I can't just forget it.

“But at the same time I'm trying now to use that as motivation for the 50km.”




ALPINE: MEN’S SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

1am (GMT) Run 1  |  4:30am (GMT) Run 2 – Dave Ryding & Laurie Taylor

One of the most-anticipated events of the Olympic alpine program takes place tomorrow morning when the men’s slalom will be contested at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

Dave Ryding leads the charge for Team GB in the event and will joined by young gun, Laurie Taylor.

Ryding is at his third Games and is primed for his best-ever slalom result after finishing 27th in Vancouver and 17th four years ago. Prior to Sochi, Ryding had finished no better than 26th in a World Cup event before earning an Olympic top 20.

This time around, the 31-year-old enters the Games on the back of 11 top ten results in the past two seasons highlighted by his podium at Kitzbühel in January 2017.

Following in the footsteps of Ryding will be Laurie Taylor who turned 22 on day one of the Games.

Taylor had just one Word Cup event under his belt (55th, Slovenia March 2017) before he made his mark at last year’s World Championships where he finished 33rd.

This season he has won three FIS races in Austria and Norway as well as having two top 10 finishes last month at the Far East Cup in Korea.

Dave Ryding will be 13th out of the start gates and Laurie Taylor will wear bib number 51.



1am (GMT) Seeding – Emily Sarsfield

Emily Sarsfield’s long road to the Olympic Winter Games will be complete tomorrow morning when she sends down her seeding run in the ladies’ ski cross.

Sarsfield suffered a knee injury which ruled her out of Vancouver in 2010 and four years ago she narrowly missed out on selection for Sochi.

This time around Sarsfield earned he place on the team courtesy of a world ranking strong enough to book her ticket to Korea.

The 34-year-old has 22 World Cup top 20 results to her credit with her best finish coming in 2008 when she was 11th in Valmalenco.

Tomorrow’s seeding run will determine the rankings ahead of Friday’s elimination rounds. Sarsfield will be 23rd out of 24 skiers to set her qualification time.

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