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GB SKIERS IN YOUTH OLYMPICS TEAM

A large contingent of snowsports athletes is included in the Team GB squad announced for the Lausanne 2020 Games.

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A 28-strong team will represent Great Britain in the home of the Olympic movement in Switzerland.

The Games run from 9th to 22nd January.

Team GB will compete in 11 of the 16 disciplines on the programme across 14 days of competition.

The team consists of athletes aged between 14 and 17 years of age.

They include 15-year-old freestyle skier Kirsty Muir, who we have featured several times on PlanetSKI.

She is a double Junior World Championships medallist.

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Kirsty Muir

Kirsty Muir

“I am so happy to be selected to represent Team GB in January at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne,” Kirsty said.

“I’m really looking forward to the competitions and to enjoy the whole event experience.”

There’s also ski jumper, Sam Bolton, who’s 17.

Sam will become the first British ski jumper to compete in an Olympic event since 2002.

Mani Cooper will compete in the first British athlete to compete in the women’s Nordic combined event, which will make its full Winter Olympic debut at Beijing in 2022.

Four athletes who competed at Sarajevo 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival are in the team: alpine skier Daisi Daniels, biathlete Shawna Pendry, speed skater Theo Collins and short-track speed skater Olivia Weedon.

Daisi Daniels

Daisi Daniels – photo Racer Ready

The Youth Olympic Games provides multi-sport experience for aspiring winter Olympians and Team GB’s class of 2020 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes.

She went on to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having first competed at a YOG.

Lausanne 2020 will welcome some of the world’s best young athletes from 70 nations.

It is the third edition of the Games following Innsbruck 2012 and Lillehammer 2016.

Ski mountaineering and women’s Nordic combined will feature for the first time in an Olympic event.

“This is a very special moment for the 28 athletes selected for the Games,” said Georgie Harland, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Lausanne 2020.

“It provides vital experience of a multi-sport environment and can be an important stepping stone towards their senior careers.

“We have seen athletes from both summer and winter sports going on to compete at a senior Games and the athletes in Lausanne will, I am sure, grasp this opportunity to show everyone what they are capable of, but most importantly enjoy what will be a fantastic experience.”

LAUSANNE 2020 TEAM GB SNOWSPORT ATHLETES

Alpine Skiing

Jack Cunningham (17), Oxford

Daisi Daniels (17), Rochdale

Sophie Foster (16), Leatherhead

Robert Holmes (17), Barrowford

Sophie Foster

Sophie Foster – photo Racer Ready

Cross-country skiing

Molly Jefferies (16), Les Gets, France

James Slimon (17), Laggan

Freestyle Skiing

Scott Johns (16), Dorridge

Jasper Klein (17), Cirencester

Kirsty Muir (15), Aberdeen

Nordic Combined

Mani Cooper (16), Innsbruck, Austria

Ski Jumping

Sam Bolton (17), Calgary, Canada

Sam Bolton

Sam Bolton

 

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