PyeongChang Daily Update Day 14 Wrap / Day 15 Preview

Today’s events
Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Ski Cross Finals

Tomorrow’s events
Snowboard: Men’s Big Air Finals
Alpine: Team Event
Cross Country: Men’s 50km Classic


UK viewing options:  BBC Broadcast Details  |  Eurosport 1 & 2 Schedule  |  Eurosport Player Details



Team GB Results: Emily Sarsfield 16th

Emily Sarsfield belied her ranking and seeding to achieve a top 16 finish in the ladies’ ski cross on her Olympic debut.

Sarsfield qualified through to the 1/8 final in 22nd and faced an elimination race against sixth seed Alizee Baron (France) and 11th seed India Sherret (Canada).

The 34-year-old didn’t get the greatest start, however she was able to capitalise on a heavy crash from Sherret to finish second and move through to the quarter-finals.

Again Sarsfield was beaten out of the start but settled in close behind ready to capitalise, however the opportunity never arose and she was fourth in her quarter-final behind Brittany Phelan (Canada), Baron and Debora Pixner (Italy) which resulted in her elimination.

Canada took the top two spots on the podium with Kelsey Serwa claiming gold from Phelan with Switzerland’s Fanny Smith in third.

Sarsfield was disappointed her start cost her the chance to be with the front-runners in the quarter-final but was proud of her Olympic experience having fallen short of making the Games at her last two attempts.

“The one thing I’m known for is a strong start but I think I tried a bit too hard there,” said Sarsfield. “To be here at this event is huge for me and to be racing against these amazing girls is super cool.

“It meant a huge amount to me today. My aim [was] to go out there with a smile on my face.”


SNOWBOARD: MEN’S BIG AIR at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

1am (GMT) – Billy Morgan

Billy Morgan will appear in his second Olympic final tomorrow morning as the first-ever medals are decided in the men’s big air.

Snowboard big air is making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang and Morgan took one of the last places in the final after finishing sixth in his heat earlier in the week.

The 28-year-old was a finalist in slopestyle four years ago in Sochi where he finished tenth, and he will be aiming to record another top 10 result for the GB Park and Pipe squad in PyeongChang.

In qualifying, riders took the best score of their two runs to determine their position. Tomorrow, each of the 12 finalists will get three runs with their best two scores added together to determine the overall ranking.

"It's going to be mental in the final,” said Morgan after Wednesday’s qualifiers. “I would need a lot of luck to podium now after seeing what's going on.

“But anything can happen, I will try my best."

The final commences at 1am GMT and Morgan will be the second rider to drop.


ALPINE: TEAM EVENT at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

2am (GMT) – Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley, Dave Ryding & Laurie Taylor

History will be made on Saturday morning when the inaugural Olympic Alpine Team Event takes place.

The event features head-to-head racing over a shortened parallel slalom course with giant slalom gates. Two women and two men will face off against each other in individual match-ups with one point recorded for each victory. If the scores are tied after the four races, combined times are used to determine the winning team.

Team GB will be made up of Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley, Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor. Ryding, in particular, has had success in this format with two top-four finishes in World Cup parallel slalom events. Alex Tilley also qualified well in this format at Courchevel in December.

The British quartet has been drawn against USA in the first round, however the Americans are without superstar slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin who is not participating. That opens the door for Britain who collectively have had better slalom results at these Games than their opponents.

Should they win their way through the opening round, Team GB will face a difficult quarter-final assignment against Norway or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.


CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S 50KM CLASSIC at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

5am (GMT) – Andrew Musgrave

Andrew Musgrave has had a mixed Olympic campaign in PyeongChang combining historic results with relative disappointment but he has one last chance to show his wares in tomorrow’s 50km classic mass start.

The 50km event is one which placed Musgrave firmly in the international spotlight last year when he was fourth at the World Championships in Finland, less than three seconds off the gold medal position.

While that event was raced in the free skate technique and not the classic which is being contested in PyeongChang, the result is a testament to Musgrave’s endurance which will come to the fore. Musgrave has predicted tomorrow’s race will be “long, hard & brutal... just the way cross-country skiing is meant to be”.

The 27-year-old has already achieved three top 30 results in as many events at these Olympics. To put that in perspective, prior to PyeongChang, Great Britain has only earned four top 30 results in cross country skiing in the previous 13 Winter Olympics combined.

Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.