Pittaway targeting more skeleton success for Team GB

Pittaway targeting more skeleton success for Team GB

18 February 2016 / 16:16

No winter sport has yielded more success for Team GB in recent years than skeleton and tomorrow 15-year-old Ashleigh Pittaway will look to continue that trend at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games.

Pittaway, who set an unofficial track record in training this week, was also in good form leading up to the Games and won all four of the qualification races she took part in.

The young slider even received a good luck message from Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold on Tuesday and hopes to emulate her sporting hero at the Lillehammer Sliding Centre tomorrow.

“I've been working for four years towards these Games and so far it’s going well,” said Pittaway.

“We’ve been training well, I broke the track record and that was a very big thing for me. The competition is tough but I’m looking to do my best and that’s all I can ask for.

“I just have to remember to keep calm and know that I can do it. I'm very excited for the race now.

"It was exciting to hear from Lizzy. I haven't met her properly before but she's a big idol for me and I was really pleased. She's my hero in the sport."

Over on the ski slopes today, Yasmin Cooper secured her second top 20 finish of Lillehammer 2016 in the ladies’ slalom – the 17-year-old’s final event of the week.

Cooper came down in 20th place with a combined time of 1:54.61 over the course of two runs and was delighted to overachieve on expectations for the week.

Yasmin Cooper, Team GB, Lillehammer 2016

“Today went well. I made a couple of mistakes in the first run but wanted to focus on consistency in the second and I think I achieved that,” said Cooper.

“My target at the start of the week was for a top 30 place so I’m really pleased to come away with two top 20s. To get 13th in the combined was amazing, that will stay with me for a long time.

“There are lots of positive things to take away from the Games and hopefully it’s another step towards my dream of making the Olympic Games one day.”

Day 8 at Lillehammer 2016

Alpine Skiing:
Men’s Slalom, 09:00-12:10 GMT; Iain Innes

Mixed Doubles Round of 32;
Amy Bryce/CZE v JAP/CAN 08:00 GMT
Ross Whyte/CHN v CAN/BRA 11:30 GMT
Callum Kinnear/ITA v CAN/EST 15:00 GMT 
Mili Smith/KOR v NZL/CAN

Freestyle Skiing:
Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle, 12:00-14:30 GMT; Madi Rowlands, Cal Sandieson

Women’s Final, 08:00-11:10 GMT; Ashleigh Pittaway