Day 11 preview: Halfpipe finalist Cheshire set for big moment
Freestyle Skiing

Day 11 preview: Halfpipe finalist Cheshire set for big moment

19 February 2018 / 18:51
Freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire competes in her maiden Olympic halfpipe final while there's action across a further four sports for Team GB's athletes.

Freestyle skiing

Rowan Cheshire is determined to seize the moment when she competes in her maiden Olympic halfpipe final.

After being made to wait a further four years for her Olympic debut following a pre-Games training crash in Sochi in 2014, Cheshire has risen to the occasion in PyeongChang.

On Monday she came through qualification in ninth place, posting scores of 74.00 and 71.40.

And after admitting there is still room for improvement, the 22-year-old is targeting big things come the final, where the first run at the Phoenix Snow Park gets underway at 10:30am (1:30am UK time).

“It was a little bit scrappy in my qualification rounds but I just wanted to make sure I put a run down," she said.

"I put my hand on the floor and I missed a grab or so. The second run went really well although it was still a little bit messy.

"But I've got three runs in the final to clean that up and improve my scores so I know there is more to give. I'm just happy to make it and show what I can do. I can't wait now."


Another big day of matches will decide who advances to the knockout stages, with both British rinks enjoying confidence boosting wins on Monday.

Match after match at this Olympic tournament is going to the final stone or extra end. It’s certainly not good for those of a nervous disposition.

No team is running away at the top of the standings but no team is struggling either.
Japanese skip Satsuki Fujisawa, who Eve Muirhead faces at 2.05pm (5.05am), inflicted a second straight defeat on Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg, the pre-Games favourite.

Meanwhile, Kyle Smith’s men’s rink face Thomas Ulsrud’s Norway at 9.05am (12.05am).

“We beat them when we last played at the European Championships but they've beaten us on plenty of times too," said Smith. "We've got room to step it up a little and, if we do that, I think we will be alright."

Short track speed skating

Elise Christie is facing a battle to be fit for the 1000m heats and will have a medical after a practice session in the morning. It’s her target event in PyeongChang and team-mates Kath Thomson and Charlotte Gilmartin also take to the ice.

Heats are scheduled for 7pm (10am) with the top two advancing to Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Figure skating

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland sit tenth coming into the free programme, which starts at 10am (1am).

Coomes overcame what looked a career threatening knee injury to earn selection for a third Olympic team and admitted the emotion of reaching the Games hit during Monday’s short programme.

“It felt amazing being out there after everything we’ve been through,” she said.

“It was a very special and powerful moment. When something you love so much goes, it’s the most amazing feeling in the world to have it back.”


The waiting is finally over for the two Micas in the two – Mica Moore and Mica McNeill as they compete in the opening two runs of the women's bobsleigh competition.

The British duo have already impressed in training, finishing inside the top five on four of their six practice runs. What can they produce come competition time? The first run goes off at 20:40 (11:40am).

Read more about how the two Micas are feeling after their rollercoaster route to PyeongChang

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