Off day for Musgrave as he bows out in quarters

11 February 2014 / 14:39

Andrew Musgrave admitted he had a very off day despite securing Britain’s best ever cross-country skiing finish at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Musgrave advanced to the knockout stages as the 27th best qualifier, he needed to be in the top 30, but finished sixth in his quarter-final.

Only the top two were guaranteed to progress and Musgrave expressed his own personal disappointment despite making history in Sochi.

“I wouldn’t call that the definition of good go. The prologue went pretty rubbish but I thought maybe I just got a bit stressed out,” he said.

“Before the quarters I was feeling relaxed and as I should be. I just didn’t have anything to give over the hills or anywhere basically. It wasn’t me on a good day.

“It is soft and hard conditions and that should suit me but if you have a bit of a bad day that magnifies the effect of having a bad day.

“It makes everything harder. And if you’re not on top form what happened to me happens.”

Elsewhere older sister Posy and Andrew Young were both 42nd in qualifying while Callum Smith was 62nd on his second outing at the Games.

And Smith said: “I was definitely very keen to get a good result and certainly very up for it. The success we have had with Jenny Jones has been great.

“We are certainly getting a lot more coverage than we generally get, which is great obviously.

“There have been a couple of occasions this season where the conditions have been slushy like they were. Generally the snow in Europe this year has been like it so we have had a few.”

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