PyeongChang Update: Skip Smith claims big win over Norway
Freestyle Skiing

PyeongChang Update: Skip Smith claims big win over Norway

20 February 2018 / 06:54
Confidence is soaring for Kyle Smith and his Great Britain curling rink as they defeated 2010 Olympic silver medallists Norway to move within one win of the Olympic play-offs.

Team Smith

The British men's curlers are on a roll and turned the heat up on their rivals with a 10-3 win over the Norwegians after just seven ends.

That made it three wins on the spin, and five in total, for Smith's rink since a heavy defeat to hosts Korea.

Victory over the USA tomorrow would confirm a place in the play-offs, meaning the chance to play for a medal, and Smith could not be happier with the way his team were hitting top form.

"For us to come out and play like that against a team like that and with so much experience shows just what we're made of," he said.

"I had a good feeling this morning, the boys played good, I felt we had a really good handle and draw weight and we dealt with the sheet very well.

"We believed it all the way. It's just pleasing we've managed to put a good string of wins together now and we're in a position where we're in control of our own destiny.

"It gives everyone else a bit of confidence in us as well, I hope. We've always believed in our own ability.

"One more win and we'll be happy."

Freestyle skiing


Rowan Cheshire was left feeling on top of the world after mixing it with the best in the business during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic halfpipe final.

The freestyle skier finished seventh in a highly-competitive final, her best score of 75.40 coming from her opening trip down the halfpipe.

Two falls on the following two runs denied her the chance to improve her score and placing but that was not going to wipe the smile off the Brit's face.

The result put to bed memories of her last Olympics experience in Sochi which ended prematurely after a crash in pre-competition training left her severely concussed.

More recently, the 22-year-old also had to battle an ankle injury which kept her off the snow until late last year.

“This is amazing, I will look back on this day with a lot of joy and happiness,” said Cheshire, the first British female skier to win a World Cup halfpipe title back in January 2014.

“It was always the goal to make finals. But you never know sometimes, I could have fallen, I didn't know if I was on form.

“And obviously all the girls have been training so hard. So its hard to judge sometimes if my run is going to be good enough, especially with the limited time on snow I've had with injuries.

“With the amount of training I've had, I wouldn't have thought seventh would be possible. The standard is pretty high, I would have brushed it off as impossible.”

Figure skating


Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland scored 101.96 on their free skate to finish 11th in ice dance competition at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

“The way we finished, we should be really pleased with it,” said Buckland. 

“Sometimes the scores can mar your feelings about your performance, sometimes it can affect you positively or negatively. But I think we felt we performed really well, even if the scores were a little bit disappointing.”

The pair will compete at the forthcoming World Championships in Milan but have yet to decide their long-term future.

“We've got World Champs next in four weeks so we'll take it one step at a time, but we're enjoying what we're doing right now, so it's hard to think too far ahead,” added Buckland.

Still to come

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 UK time).

And Britain's short track women compete in the women's 1000m heats at 7pm (10am).
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