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Posted on 09/02/18 by Rare Management
PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview
With the Opening Ceremony done and the Olympic flame lit, it’s time to turn the focus to our British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang as they hit the competitive arena for day one of competition tomorrow.
There will be four athletes in action across two events, and you’ll need to set the alarm early to catch all the action.
SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park
1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas
Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls return to Olympic action with high hopes having both enjoyed top 10 slopestyle finishes in Sochi, and they are joined by the youngest male in the British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang, Rowan Coultas.
Nicholls finished sixth in Sochi and has stood on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the last two years. He claimed his maiden World Cup victory in the Czech Republic in 2016 but has competed rarely this season, his place on the Olympic team all but secured when he finished second on the overall slopestyle standings in the 2016/17 World Cup.
The 24-year-old will no doubt have extra motivation after his cousin Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Games on Thursday with a fractured heel.
Like Nicholls, Morgan has competed rarely this season but is always one of the riders to watch. His only World Cup slopestyle event this season was a sixth-place finish in New Zealand back in September, one of five career top 10 results which includes two podiums.
Morgan, 28, just missed out on direct qualification for the final in Sochi, but sent down the highest semi-final score before finishing 10th overall.
Coultas has been one of the young guns in the GB Park and Pipe squad for a number of years now and is primed to now perform on the biggest stage. The 20-year-old announced himself as a star of the future in 2014 when he took slopestyle silver at the World Junior Championships in Italy.
Since then he has earned three World Cup top 10 results in slopestyle and will remember last competition in Korea fondly when he finished eighth in the Big Air test event in 2016.
CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre
7:15am (GMT) – Annika Taylor
The ladies’ skiathlon is a 15km race where athletes complete the first 7.5km in classic technique, followed by 7.5km free skate. The event is a true test of skiers overall cross country skills and it will be Annika Taylor’s first race of a busy week in PyeongChang.
Born in California, Taylor qualifies as British courtesy of her father and has raced internationally for Great Britain since 2013 when she competed in the World U23 Championships. Since then Taylor has not only graduated from university with a degree in chemistry, she has also graduated to British Nordic Elite Squad and has been on the World Cup circuit since 2015.
Taylor, 24, has only raced the skiathlon discipline three times on the international stage, with her last race being at last year’s World Championships in Lahti, Finland where she finished 41st.
Posted on 08/02/18 by Rare Management
BOA Statement: Katie Ormerod
The following statement has been released by the British Olympic Association and British Ski & Snowboard:
Team GB snowboard athlete Katie Ormerod has been ruled out of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games following a severe fracture to her right heel bone.
The 20-year-old from Brighouse was due to compete in snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air and will undergo emergency surgery in the morning.
Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission said: “We are deeply sorry for Katie and her fellow snowboarders who have lost a valued member of their close-knit team. She is a world class competitor across both disciplines and we are desperately disappointed for her. From everyone at Team GB we wish her all the best for her recovery.”
Dan Hunt, British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director said: “We are all devastated for Katie who was in strong form coming into the Olympics. She is a talented athlete and wonderful role model.
“At a young age she has already achieved highly within the sport, most recently with gold at the World Cup in Russia last year. Her determined and fearless nature will see her come back from this and reach the exciting potential and future that is ahead of her.
“We wish her all the best and with four park and pipe snowboarders competing, her team mates will now be giving their all for her as well as their nation over these Games.”
Posted on 07/02/18 by Rare Management
We’re extremely pleased and excited to share with you information about our brand new campaign #Switch180!
WHAT’S THE CAMPAIGN ABOUT?
Giving young people positive opportunities can turn their lives around. Our #Switch180 campaign aims to highlight the critical importance of supporting our young people at this key time in their lives, and shows that we must do more as a society to provide the right opportunities for young people today.
WATCH AND SHARE THE FILM
Our campaign film follows the story of one Snow-Camp young person, Laquan. Find out how just one positive opportunity made all the difference to Laquan’s life. If you have a spare 2 minutes and would like to watch the film, please click on the image below or here is the video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuLc7S507rg
We would really appreciate it if you could share the campaign film on social media using the hashtag #Switch180 enabling many more people to become aware of our work with young people
WHY FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE? OUR RESEARCH
We conducted our own research, in partnership with YouGov in December 2017, which showed that:
7% of young people feel they need more support from society to help them to achieve their potential.
76% of young people believe that the lack of positive opportunities put young people at an increased risk of falling into crime and antisocial behaviour.
The research proves that we must do more to provide positive activities and opportunities for young people – they can make all the difference to the direction their lives take. Positive opportunities can motivate and inspire young people to achieve their potential, reducing the risk of falling into crime and antisocial behaviour and inspiring them towards rewarding and successful futures. The statistics make it all too clear why our work is needed.
We all have a part to play. Please get involved, support the campaign and help give our young people a better future. Thank you.
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