Olympic24: Morgan's world first has snowboarding in a spin

Olympic24: Morgan's world first has snowboarding in a spin

16 April 2015 / 07:57

Billy Morgan is the talk of the snowboard world, Jazz Carlin gets her win at London's Olympic pool and Ellie Downie is the star turn at the European Gymnastics Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • British snowboarder lands first-ever quad cork in Italy
  • Youngsters named for Winter Youth Olympic ice hockey skills qualifier
  • Jazz Carlin takes 400m freestyle at British Championships
  • Ellie Downie and fellow Brits impress at European Gymnastics Championships
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins to take on world hour record
  • Great Britain prepare for Korea at ice hockey World Championships
  • International Olympic Committee want sport to be included on United Nations development programme

Morgan spins and flips to snowboarding history

Billy Morgan is a 'go hard or go home' sort of snowboarder - at the Sochi Olympics he made the final as top qualifier but risked it all for a medal and finished tenth.

But Morgan is now the talk of the snowboarding world after landing a world first at a competition in Italy yesterday.

The 26-year old completed the world’s first-ever quad cork - which involves flipping four times, while the body also spins five complete rotations on a sideways or downward-facing axis.

Ice hockey hopefuls for Youth Winter Olympics

Lewis Houston and Verity Lewis will seek to represent Team GB at next year's Winter Youth Olympics after their selection for ice hockey's Global Skills Challenge in Finland.

The best 15 male and 15 female skaters from the event will make next year's Games. 
Participants take part in six disciplines; fastest lap, skating agility, pass accuracy, puck control, shooting accuracy and hardest shot.

Finally…happy memories for Carlin at Olympic pool

Jazz Carlin promises there is plenty more to come this year after she stormed to a sensational 400m freestyle victory at the British Swimming Championships.

It was a moment that was long in the making for Carlin who had to wait three years to get back into action at the London Aquatics Centre after she failed to secure her spot at London 2012 following the Olympic trials.

“I had a bit of nerves coming into this – the last time I swam in this pool for the Olympic trials it didn't go the way I wanted it to but I’m a completely different swimmer and athlete now," she said.

Elsewhere, Roberto Pavoni won the 200m medley in a World Championship qualifying time while Cameron Brodie took the men's 200m butterfly and Molly Renshaw won the women's 200m breaststroke.

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Downie shines on senior debut at European Championships

Ellie Downie admitted she had to pinch herself in amazement after shining at her first-ever European Gymnastics Championships.

The British squad had plenty of reasons to smile during the first day of action in Montpellier as the women’s squad landed a maximum possible ten final spots.

But there was no doubting who the star of the show was, 15-year-old Downie, making her senior major Championships debut, putting in an outstanding performance in the first qualifying round of the all-around discipline to finish third with a personal-best score of 56.190.

She will be joined in Friday’s final by Commonwealth Games star Claudia Fragapane, who placed fifth scoring 55.031.

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Wiggins hopes record will be gone in 60 minutes

Sir Bradley Wiggins will have a crack at cycling's most fabled record this summer.

The four-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner will look to set a new world hour mark at London's Olympic velodrome on June 7th.

"The hour record is a holy grail for cyclists," said Wiggins, who is attempting to follow in the tracks of fellow British cyclists Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman.

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Korea next for Great Britain at ice hockey Worlds

After wins over Estonia and Croatia it was a rest day yesterday for Great Britain at the ice hockey World Championships in Eindhoven. They take on Korea today.

IOC want greater role for sport in UN programme

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach believes sport should play a greater role as a force for positive change around the world.

Speaking to the United Nations in New York, Bach called for sport to be included in the UN's Sustainable Development goals.

“Sport has a unique role in society,” he said.  “Sport is the only area of human existence that has achieved its own universal law. 

"The rules of sport are recognised and followed wherever sport is played. They are based on a global ethic of fair play, respect for opponents, tolerance and friendship. In sport all people are equal.” 

Bach's remarks were met with broad support from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Sam Kutesa.

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