Day three preview: Newcomer Tilley ready plus Fuller tries again
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Day three preview: Newcomer Tilley ready plus Fuller tries again

11 February 2018 / 16:35

Two members of Team GB are in action on Monday, with alpine skiing and snowboarding the focus.

Tilley’s pride in achieving her dream

Alex Tilley is ready to seize her chance when she makes her Olympic debut in Monday's giant slalom.

Tilley took up skiing aged eight at the Gordon Skiers club in Scotland and was a full-time in the sport by her 16th birthday. She is coached by Noel Baxter, who represented Team GB at the 2002 and 2006 Games in Salt Lake City and Turin.

She achieved a career best 13th place in the World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel this season and will be looking to crack the top 30, after a 30th and 35th place in her two World Championship appearances.

“I’ve had a pretty relentless programme after Christmas but I then had a break at home and spent some time with my little nephews and that made me feel fresher,” said Tilley.

“It’s every athletes dream to compete at the Olympics and I’m enormously proud to have the opportunity. So many people have and continue to support me in my journey and I really couldn’t have done it without them. I can’t wait.”

Tilley’s first run is scheduled for 10.15am (1.15am UK time) with all international eyes on American Mikaela Shiffrin. She became the youngest ever Olympic slalom gold medallist in Sochi.

She’s been on red-hot form this season and will start as favourite as she seeks podium finishes in five events - pushing her past the record of four, set by Croatia’s Janica Kostelic in 2002.

Aimee Fuller spent a frustrating day weather watching in PyeongChang.

Sunday’s snowboard slopestyle was cancelled, meaning all 27 competitors will compete in a two-run final on Monday at 10am (1am UK time).

"This slopestyle course is a giant puzzle. It's just working out which bit fits together where," she said. "But the course is going to work well for me.

"I am really excited about the jumps and how I can make them work and how I can piece it together. I hope it will be one of the best runs I have ever done."

Elise watch …

After a hard training session on Sunday, Elise Christie plans to take things easier in PyeongChang on Monday.

After her Olympic record in the 500m short-track speed skating heats, the three-time world champion is staying chilled. She said: “I’ll be training and keeping my feet on the ice but I’ll be taking my brain easy too, relaxing my brain is what I need!”

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