20-year-old bags Britain’s third medal of record-breaking championships in high quality Halfpipe final
Zoe Atkin, the 2021 World Championships Halfpipe bronze medalist, delivered a brilliant silver medal winning performance in the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe competition at the Bakuriani Freestyle World Championships this morning.
Landing a score of 94.50 from her second run, Zoe was leading until the penultimate run of the competition, before being overhauled by Hanna Faulhaber’s 95.75. The result means Zoe follows in her sister Izzy’s footsteps by winning back-to-back World Championships medals, having done so in consecutive World Championships in 2017 and 2019.
Speaking afterwards, Zoe said:
“I’m really stoked. I’m three for three on podiums this year, so that’s really exciting. It was pretty tough today; I had really bad training, and didn’t really land any of my tricks, so I’m just stoked to be able to put one down today.
“I had a rough couple of months after the Olympics, but I took some time off in the summer and went to school in the fall, which was a nice mental reset. It’s goot to get a little break, come back more excited about it. Obviously the podium means so much to me, but I’m so hyped just to be able to say I’m excited to ski again.”
Vicky Gosling, GB Snowsport Chief Executive, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted for Zoe this morning. At just 20 years old, to have her second World Championships medal under her belt is an amazing achievement, and another huge moment in what’s proving to be an astonishing season for British skiers and snowboarders.”
Pat Sharples, GB Snowsport Head Coach, said:
“This was another incredible performance from Zoe which continues her best season ever. After her win at X Games she was really confident coming into this event and it showed in her skiing. We’re all super proud of Zoe.”
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