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2 MEDALS FOR GB TEENAGE SKI STAR - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday April 9, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

14-year-old freestyler Kirsty Muir is on the podium for the second time at the Junior World Championships. Bronze in the Big Air adds to Slopestyle silver.

The two medals cap a brilliant season and are Kirsty's first on a world stage.

The young Scot went to the Championships in Sweden on form.

Last month she won three medals - one gold and two silvers -  in the first Europa Cups of her career.

Europa Cups are one level below the elite World Cup competition.

We spoke to Kirsty last week at the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships, The BRITS.

She was preparing to head to Klaeppen to compete in the Slopestyle and Big Air events at the Junior Worlds.

Jane Peel with Kirsty MuirPlanetSKI's Jane Peel with ski sensation Kirsty Muir at The BRITS

She told us that she had no expectations of a medal - she simply wanted to land her runs:
The skier, who began her ski career on the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre dry slope, has shown that she can perform under the pressure of top level competition.

On Saturday, she was on the podium to pick up the Big Air bronze medal, scoring 145.80 points, just a few days after winning silver in the Slopestyle.

Junior Worlds Ski Big Air podiumBig Air bronze for Kirsty (right)

Once again the winner was the world-class Estonian Kelly Sildaru (175.40 points).

Megan Oldham of Canada took the silver medal (151.80 points).

The Big Air final saw the top 6 women from the qualification heats compete.

They had three runs over the kicker, the best two of which were scored to give the overall points.

Kirsty also ended the week with the under-15 female ski outstanding achievement award across slopestyle and big air.

In the qualification for the Ski Slopestyle on Sunday Kirsty failed to make her first run so had it all to do in run 2.

She nailed it to qualify in fourth place.

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir flying high in qualification - photo GB Park & Pipe

In Tuesday's final she did even better to finish second.

The only person who could beat her was the defending champion, the Estonian 17-year-old Kelly Sildaru, who's a triple X Games champion.

She won with a best score from her two runs of 92.80, while Kirsty scored 81.00

Rell Harwood of the USA in third scored 77.00.

Ski slopestyle podium at World Junior Champs 2019Ski slopestyle podium

We contacted Kirsty to congratulate her.

"So happy to land my run and stoked with my result," she told us.

"Thank you to family, coaches and sponsors for all the support this year."

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir in Sweden - photo GB Park & Pipe

Kirsty's mum, Kim, who's accompanied her to Sweden is, not surprisingly, delighted.

"So happy for Kirsty, we are very proud of her," she told us.

Katie Summerhayes is the only other British woman to win Junior World Championship medals in the Ski Slopestyle.

She was 3rd in 2013 and won the title in 2014.

Kirsty Muir is one of only two GB skiers to be selected for the Junior World Championships.

Jasper Klein finished 25th out of 65 competitors in the Ski Slopestyle.

He failed to qualify for the Big Air final, finishing 8th of the 20 skiers in his qualification heat and 32nd overall.

The men's event was highly competitive with a total of 60 skiers taking part over three heats and 18 making it through to the final.

GB also had a snowboarder competing.

Gabe Adams on the podium at the EYOFGabe Adams (right) wins bronze at the European Youth Olympic Festival

Gabe Adams, who's 16 and the European Youth Olympics bronze medallist, scored highly to make it through qualification in the Snowboard Slopestyle, finishing second in his heat to go into the 20-man final.

Unfortunately, a heavy knock in practice ruled him out of both Tuesday's final and the Big Air contest later in the week.

We featured Gabe Adams in an article last summer:
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