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YOUNG GUNS AIM HIGH - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday October 4, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

Kirsty Muir and Leon Drynan...remember the names. The British youngsters are on course to be Winter Olympic stars of the future.

The mini-freestylers are still at school - one is not even a teenager yet - but their skills are already getting them noticed. 

12-year-old skier Kirsty Muir and snowboarder Leon Drynan, who's 13, have just been named "ones to watch" by Delancey, sponsors of the Championship Ski & Snowboard (CSS) online video league, in which both competed.

Leon Drynan - Team BSS photoLeon Drynan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read our earlier report with the results of the league here.

The talented athletes' progress in training and competition over the coming winter will be followed closely, with Delancey publishing a series of blogs by them.

You can see for yourself in these CSS videos why Kirsty and Leon stood out.

This one features Kirsty, competing for Aberdeen.  Watch out for her younger sister, Fiona, who's pretty impressive too.

Leon - a member of the team from Braehead in Glasgow - appears towards the end of this video.

PlanetSKI had the pleasure of seeing Kirsty in action at The Brits in Laax in April.

Kirsty Muir, Slopestyle, The Brits 2016Kirsty at The Brits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then aged 11, it  was clear that she was an outstanding talent.

Not only did she win the under-12 slopestyle & halfpipe contests, but took the bronze overall in the halfpipe.

She shared the podium with gold medallist Madi Rowlands, who is the Youth Olympic halfpipe champion, and the 10-time British halfpipe champion and Sochi Olympian, Emma Lonsdale.

Lonsdale, Rowlands, Muir at The Brits 2016In exalted company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GB Park & Pipe Head Freeski Coach told PlanetSKI at the Brits that Kirsty Muir was one of the real stars of the competition.

"She is really outstanding," he said.

"What surprised everybody is that she is a good all-round skier. She's getting good amplitude, good grabs, spinning in all four directions."

Kirsty first put on a pair of skis when she was 3 and tried out freestyle at 6.

She may have a supreme talent, but it takes a lot of time and effort, as she reveals in her first blog. 

Leon Drynan & coach Matt McClementLeon & coach Matt McClement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leon only took up snowboarding 4 years ago when he was 9.

Last year, Arbor Snowboards began sponsoring him and produced this video

Both Kirsty and Leon will be training and competing alongside athletes from the GB Park & Pipe National Academy this winter.

We wish them both the best of luck. 

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