Day two of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games saw competition across four venues and for the first time in these Games, action in France in the biathlon.
Shawna Pendry got her competition underway in Les Tuffes, France in the 10km race in a very strong 97-person field. An impressive ski and first two rounds of shooting saw her well placed in the top ten but some missed targets late on saw her slip down the rankings but still finish in a very credible 39th position.
Speaking after the race, Pendry was pleased with how it had gone overall: “I was skiing pretty good and the snow was really fast. Shooting I was really happy, first one five out of five. The second was a bit harder as the French girl was next to me and I’m not used to everyone shouting and then last one I was tired and couldn’t hold my rifle as well, so I was less accurate.
“I think today has given me more of a sense of what to expect in terms of the crowds and the shouting/support which I’m not used to. It’s really cool [hearing the support] and that people know me. There’s so many people. We never have this many people supporting which was great today.”
It was a difficult day for some of Team GB’s alpine skiers as Daisi Daniels, Jack Cunningham and Robert Holmes were unable to finish their slalom in the alpine combined event (following yesterday’s Super G), while Sophie Foster put in a strong showing finishing in 23rd place in a time of 1:40.31, +6.57 behind eventual winner Amanda Salzgeber from Austria.
In the men’s competition it was a dead heat with Auguste Aulnette (France) and Mikkel Remsoey (Norway) both crossing the line in 1:28.41 to share gold. All four British athletes will be back in action tomorrow in Les Diablerets in the Giant Slalom, before a second run in the same competition on Monday.
At the Champérey Curling Arena Team GB were unable to follow up their convincing 9-5 win over France in their first match as they lost 5-1 to Turkey in their second game. They have a chance to make amends though as they play Norway in the early game at 9am GMT tomorrow.
Another busy day in the mixed nation ice hockey event, with all seven Team GB athletes in action. Scottish player Mirren Foy won both her games with Team Blue, to remain unbeaten overall alongside Team Yellow. Abby Rowbotham and Amy Robery faced off with Robery’s Team Black being victorious. Rowbotham’s Team Red still await their first win. The last female player, Jessie Taylor, had a frustrating day with Team Green, losing twice by narrow margins.
In the men’s competition Evan Nauth’s Team Brown sit in second after a win and a loss today, while Mack Stewart’s Team Red won their first game before losing a tight match this evening against Team Green. It wasn’t to be for Carter Hamill whose Team Blue lost both their matches.
Alpine Skiing – Alpine Combined:
- Daisi Daniels – DNF
- Sophie Foster – 23rd
Alpine Skiing – Alpine Combined:
- Jack Cunningham – DNF
- Robert Holmes – DNF
Biathlon – 10km
- Shawna Pendry – 39th
Curling – Mixed Team:
- Turkey 5-1 Great Britain
Ice Hockey – Women’s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:
- Mirren Foy (blue) – won 7-4 versus (orange) and 8-4 versus (black)
- Amy Robery (black) – won 5-4 versus (red) and lost 4-8 versus (blue)
- Abby Rowbotham (red) – lost 4-5 versus (black) and 7-9 versus (green)
- Jessie Taylor (green) – lost 4-6 versus (brown) and won 9-7 versus (red)
Ice Hockey – Men’s Mixed NOC 3-on-3:
- Evan Nauth (brown) – lost 6-8 versus (green) and won 16-6 versus (grey)
- Carter Hamill (blue) – lost 1-12 versus (orange) and lost 8-14 versus (black)
- Mack Stewart (red) – won 12-9 versus (black) and lost 8-9 versus (green)