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Freestyle skier Molly Summerhayes has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get her to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The 19-year-old from Sheffield, who specialises in the halfpipe and became the junior world champion in 2015, has been working in McDonalds for two years to help pay for her training and competition costs.

Summerhayes, whose older sister Katie is one of the country's top freestyle skiers, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in January 2016 and was out of action for 11 months.

She returned to the halfpipe in November and has her sights on qualifying for the Olympics in PyeongChang in February.

Molly SummerhayesMolly Summerhayes in March - photo Molly Summerhayes Facebook
















"I have had some challenges to overcome since returning to snow, but I am now feeling strong and working towards my goal of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea," she says on her crowdfunding page.

"Combined with a tough and busy training schedule I am working full time whilst I am home.

"I have been working at a local McDonalds for the past 2 years to help pay for the training and competition costs.

"I couldn't ask to work for a better company as they support me with my skiing and allow me to have all the time off I require to train and compete.

"It can be hard to fit in gym sessions and physio within my shift pattern but I always work something out."

Molly SummerhayesMolly Summerhayes in 2014 - photo Molly Summerhayes Facebook




















In August, Summerhayes will travel to New Zealand with the GB Park and Pipe Squad for a training camp and a World Cup competition in Cardrona.

Although GB Park and Pipe receives Lottery money through UK Sport, Molly Summerhayes is not one of the funded athletes.


"In New Zealand we have to think about the costs of accommodation, lift passes, gym facilities and food, but the most expensive costs are the flights at over £1,500 ($1,900/€1,700) for a return fare," she says.

If you would like to suppor Molly Summerhayes, her crowdfunding page, set up by Pledge Sports, can be found here.

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