The fifth day of the Beijing olympic Winter Games saw Kirsty Muir shine in her first Olympic final, but there was disappointment for Andrew Young and James Clugnet in the Men’s Sprint Free
Muir shines in dazzling Big Air Final
Kirsty Muir‘s first taste of an Olympic final ended with an impressive fifth place, as the Women’s Freeski Big Air final delivered a succession of spectacular performances from the world’s greatest Freeski talent. An Olympic debutant at 17 years of age, Muir qualified from seventh for last night’s final with an outstanding performance in the qualifying run, and took her performances up a notch to secure fifth in a stunning final.
Her first jump – a Dub 12 with Blunt Grab which Muir later described as the best she’d ever executed the trick – saw her in third after the first run, and she backed up with a solid second jump to secure fifth place. Into her final jump, Muir attempted the Switch Misty 10 for the first time in her career. Although she failed to stick the landing, her final score of 169.00 was enough to hold off Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin in sixth. The medal positions were taken by China’s Ailing Eileen Gu in gold, France’s Tess Ledeux in silver, and Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland in bronze.
Tough day for Nordic Squad
Andrew Young and James Clugnet suffered a disappointing start to their Beijing Games, as both were eliminated at the Qualifying stage of the Men’s Sprint Free event. On a challenging, high-altitude course, Young came in 36th and Clugnet 40th in the Qualifying round, with the top 30 progressing to the later stages, Young missing out on the qualifying time by just over a second.
Header Image: Freeskier, Kirsty Muir during the Big Air final practice at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 8th February 2022 at the Big Air Shougang in Beijing, China. Muir finished 5th overall. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.