There was pride for Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes as their Olympic campaign drew to a close, and an impressive showing in the Aerials from Lloyd Wallace, but a sad end to the Games for James Woods
Top-10s seal successful Games for Muir and Summerhayes
Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes brought their Beijing 2022 campaigns to a close with top-10 finishes in the Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final overnight. For Summerhayes, it was a third Olympic top-10 of her career, her ninth place adding to a brace of seventh place finishes in Sochi and PyeongChang. Muir, meanwhile, signed off on a promising Olympic debut with a second Final appearance and an eighth place to go alongside her fifth place in the Big Air competition from the Games’ first week.
Afterwards, Kirsty Muir said:
“Overall just happy to be in the final but a little disappointed, just making a couple little mistakes.
“All the girls have been smashing it but I would have hoped that I could have been in the running maybe.
“But honestly it’s amazing to see the progression in women’s sport right now.
“There’s so many awesome girls on the circuit. I just want to keep sending it and enjoy everything.
“I think we can definitely get some more people seeing our sport and I really hope some more young people can get involved in it.
“I hope this has maybe inspired them. I’ve got a few friends back home that will hopefully be up for it.”
Katie Summerhayes also shared her thoughts on the Final:
“I mean obviously my goal today was to come and get a medal but I just had an absolute blast out there.
“I’m just really happy with the way I skied and I’m just enjoying myself really. I’m just from Sheffield – like it’s pretty crazy that I’m here really.
“Today I thought that I could get on that podium. But the thing that has changed for me is just that I had so much fun today.
“Not like I’ve not had fun [before] but it was a different kind of vibe for me. I wanted to go out and enjoy myself and I feel like I did that.
“The past two Olympics I’ve been in tears at the bottom and I’m absolutely cheesin’ now, so I’m really happy.”
Injury heart break for Woodsy
James Woods’ third shot at the Olympic Winter Games drew to a close in heart breaking fashion as he was forced to withdraw from the Slopestyle competition on medical advice. Yesterday, Woodsy shared the news that a back injury sustained during the opening week of the Games had left him unable to move freely, and shortly before the first Slopestyle run got underway it was confirmed that he would be unable to compete. Woodsy, who took fifth and fourth place finishes in the Sochi and PyeongChang Games in Slopestyle, took part in the Big Air qualifiers earlier in the Games but took a couple of heavy landings which left him in 30th position.
Wallace’s second olympics ends in Qualifiers
Lloyd Wallace put in a superb jump for a 108.41 score in his first Qualifying run, but it wasn’t enough to see him through to the Aerials finals on his second visit to the Olympic Winter Games. Team GB’s sole Aerials skier gave an excellent account of himself in a very competitive field, with his best score enough to see him finish in 21st place.
Header Image: Freeskier, Kirsty Muir during Freeski Slopestyle final at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 15th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.