Freestyle skier Kirsty Muir qualified in third place in the big air competition on day 12 of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
The Aberdeen athlete qualified comfortably with a score of 81.33 behind two adversaries from the slopestyle event in the shape of Swedish skier Jennie-Lee Burmansson (second with 85.66) and Ailing Eileen Gu (first with 91.33) from China. The big air event concludes tomorrow at Leysin Park and Pipe Centre.
It was double disappointment at the Champery Curling Arena as both Robyn Mitchell and Jamie Rankin exited at the round of 12 stage. Rankin and Polish playing partner, Klaudia Szmidt, were first up this morning but weren’t able to replicate earlier form as they came undone against the Japanese/French pairing with a score of 9-2 to exit the competition. In the afternoon session, Mitchell and Frantisek Jiral fought hard but couldn’t overcome the Canadian/Hungarian duo losing 7-4.
Scott Johns was back in action in the mixed country ski-snowboard cross event at Villars Winter Park. This particular competition saw a male and female ski cross athlete, and a male and female snowboard cross athlete compete in four separate races, with a combined time deciding which teams progressed through to the next round.
Although the teenager, who was placed in a team alongside Marie-Pier Brunet (CAN), Aina Gomariz (ESP) and Alvaro Romero (ESP), won his individual ski cross heat, it wasn’t enough to progress through to the quarter-finals, with his mixed team finishing third overall.
In the final day of the cross country skiing, Molly Jefferies took on the 5km classic over a tough, undulating course at Vallée de Joux. Finishing in 59th place with a time of 18:00.01, Jefferies was 3:44.04 off the pace of winner Maerta Rosenberg (SWE).
James Slimon was next up in the 10km classic in his final performance at Lausanne 2020, finishing in a time of 32:35.07 to finish 64th with Russia’s Iliya Tregubov taking gold.
With just one day left of competition, Team GB will be in action across two sports with Kirsty Muir and Jasper Klein in action in the big air event, while Olivia Weedon will race in the mixed country team relay at the Lausanne Skating Arena.
Cross country skiing – women’s 5km classic:
- Molly Jefferies – 59th
Cross country skiing – men’s 10km classic:
- James Slimon – 64th
Curling – mixed doubles:
- Robyn Mitchell/Frantisek Jiral (CZE) lost 7-4 versus Laura Nagy (HUN)/ Nathan Young (CAN)
- Jamie Rankin/Klaudia Szmitd (POL) lost 9-2 versus Mina Kobayashi (JPN)/Leo Tuaz (FRA)
Freestyle skiing – women’s big air qualification:
- Kirsty Muir – 3rd – qualified for final
Freestyle skiing – mixed country ski/snowboard cross;
- Scott Johns (mixed team six) – 3rd in preliminary heat one, DNQ for quarter-finals
Image – (Kirsty Muir qualifies for the big air final at the Leysin Park and Pipe Centre)