Great Britain's Izzy Atkin wins bronze in women's ski slopestyle

Frederick Owens
February 18, 2018

"There was a youth ski group program there and once I'd reached a certain level and age, about eight years old or so, I was moved into the advanced groups for both freestyle and racing".

As the Briton held on to finish on the podium, Atkin began her competition in rather more uncertain fashion after tumbling on the rail section on the upper part of the course, with the teenager visibly dejected and seemingly lacking belief.

Atkin was born to a British father and Malaysian mother, making her eligible to compete for the United Kingdom in Pyeongchang.

But she recovered to take silver behind fellow Swiss Sarah Hoefflin - who also hurt herself in training.

The 19-year-old scored 84.60 on her final run to earn Great Britain a second medal of the games in Pyeongchang. She then faced a nervous wait as the final three athletes took their final runs.

"I went up for the finals and made a decision to push it a bit more because I wanted to do myself justice".

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"I'd been competing on the national circuit in the USA for a while, at younger age events. I just enjoyed the day".

Dahlstrom failed to land on the first jump however - the Swede crashing to the ground - leading to celebrations from a large Team GB contingent at the foot of the course. Sochi Olympic champ Dara Howell of Canada failed to advance to the 12-woman final after finishing 21st in qualifying, when world champion Tess Ledeux of France was also eliminated. "It's really important to watch and be careful with concussion and if there was a concussion, she wouldn't compete today".

Until it wasn't. Until the woman who wanted to be a doctor found Olympic glory instead.

"I'm speechless and stoked to win the bronze and represent Great Britain".

"I wish it could have gone better but it's just skiing".

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