Countdown to Pyeongchang underway for ski star Summerhayes
Freestyle Skiing

Countdown to Pyeongchang underway for ski star Summerhayes

25 November 2016 / 07:45

Four years is a long time, particularly when there is an Olympic Games on the horizon, but ask any one of our Team GB athletes - summer or winter - and they will tell you that it passes by in the click of a finger.

And with less than 450 days until the next Winter Games roll around, it couldn’t come soon enough for freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes.

After making her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, the 21-year-old was crowned Junior World Champion later that year, before becoming the first British female competitor to win a World Championship medal in freestyle skiing when she took home a silver in the slopestyle event in 2015.

But after suffering a self-confessed dip in form last season, Summerhayes – whose younger sister Molly is also in the British Park and Pipe Ski team – is ready to prove she is back to her best, just in time for next year’s World Championships.

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“It’s been a hard couple of years for me to be honest. I had a good season after the Olympic Games when I got second in the World Championships, but last year wasn’t too good,” she said.

“I had some good results, but then I had some really bad ones too because I kept falling a lot, so hopefully I have turned that around now.

“I’ve been training so hard and I always ski as much as I can, so it’s full steam ahead to the World Championships now.

“They will take place in March so hopefully I can go there and get a good result again. It would be nice to make the step up to gold this time, but to be honest, it would just be nice to get on the podium.

“There are so many new girls on the circuit now and anything can happen on the day, but I’d be happy to get in the top three and that’s what I’m going to try and do.”

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Just 15 months remain on the calendar before the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games get underway, but preparations are in full swing as our athletes enter the midst of the qualification season.

And having finished seventh in Sochi two years ago, Summerhayes knows only too well how important it is to deliver performances of the highest standard over the coming months.

“Our qualification for the next Winter Olympic Games starts this winter so I need to get as many good results as possible,” she said.

“I want to get the two qualifying results as quickly as I can so that I can stop worrying about results.

“It will come around so fast. I remember after the Summer Games in London four years ago, I got a photo next to the Sochi board, explaining how many days there were to go, and it was something like 560 days.

“But that went by in a flash, and the fact that we are not going to be home much over the next two years will make it go a lot faster this time around.

“Being at Sochi was just the most incredible experience for me, so hopefully I get to do that again.

“Getting to be a part of Team GB and becoming an Olympian was amazing, and it’s still one of the fondest memories of my life.”

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