PyeongChang 2018 Morning Roundup: Day One

Published 10 February 2018

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There was disappointment for Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas this morning as falls meant they missed out on places in the finals of the snowboard slopestyle event.

The three kicked off Team GB’s campaign at the 23rd Winter Olympics when they took part in the qualifying rounds at the Phoenix Snow Park.

Nicholls, who made his Olympic debut at Sochi in 2014, put in a fantastic first qualifying run but was “gutted” to crash out in his second and finish in eighth place. Speaking to the BBC afterwards, he said “I was gutted to see 71 [points]... but that's how it goes sometimes in competitions. I did my best"

Morgan, who also competed in Sochi, again put in a confident first run before falling in his second, finishing 10th in his qualifying round. Twenty-year-old Rowan Coultas recorded scores of 23.20 and 23.58 on his Olympic debut, finishing in 18th.

All our slopestyle snowboarders will compete in the first ever Olympic Snowboard Big Air competition later on in the Games. Thanks to National Lottery funding, UK Sport was recently able to partner up with GB Park and Pipe to install a Big Air Bag for the team to practice on. Watch this great video to see some of the new tricks they've been breaking out.

Short track speed skating

Elise Christie, the current Short Track Speed Skating overall World Champion, will line up in the qualifying rounds for the 500m event this morning. Elise won the 1000m, 1500m and overall gold at the World Championships 2017 and holds the 500m world record.

Alongside her will be teammates Charlotte Gilmartin, winner of a bronze medal at the 2017 European championships and fellow participant in Sochi, and Kathryn Thomson, who also won a silver at last year’s European championships in the 3000m relay.

UK Sport have recently relaunched the #DiscoverYourGold campaign – the nation’s biggest talent search – and are looking for future Short Track champions. If you’ve inspired by Elise and Team GB then sign up to #DiscoverYourGold today.

Luge, cross-country skiathlon, biathlon

Also competing in Day 1 for Team GB are Adam Rosen and Rupert Staudinger, who will take their first two of four runs in the men’s luge singles starting at 10.10 GMT. Annika Taylor will also feature in the cross-country skiathlon at 7.15, while Amanda Lightfoot completes the Day 1 action in the women’s biathlon 7.5km sprint, starting at 11.15.  


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