Summerhayes claims ski slopestyle silver at World Champs

21 January 2015 / 15:16

Katie Summerhayes admitted all the hard work was worth it as she claimed ski slopestyle silver at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg.

The 19-year-old, who was seventh on her Olympic Games debut in Sochi last year, scored 82.80 to place second behind Germany’s Lisa Zimmermann.

She had put herself into silver medal contention after a second run score of 81.40 from the judges.

And when Slovakia’s bronze medallist Zuzana Stromkova failed to improve her score of 77.60, Summerhayes knew at least silver was on the cards.

She bettered her score on the final run with another solid outing but it was just short of Zimmermann’s second run score of 85.80 as the German enjoyed her final run with the pressure off.

“I'm really stoked, I stepped up each run the way I wanted to,” said Summerhayes, who claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the championships.

“It's taken a lot of hard work to get here and all the girls put on an awesome performance today, it was a great atmosphere out there!”

Park and Pipe Team Coach Jamie Matthew said: “Today's result is all down to the dedication and hard work Katie has put in throughout the summer and in the build up to these Championships. On a fast, icy course she put in a great performance and I couldn't be happier with today's result.”

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