Summerhayes looks to future after Olympic final seventh

11 February 2014 / 11:28

Katie Summerhayes tried to put a positive spin on her seventh place in the Olympic ski slopestyle final - even if she admitted the performance left her gutted.

Summerhayes, 18, is the youngest member of the 56-strong British team in Sochi but was considered a genuine medal hope after her fourth place at last year's World Championships and recent World Cup silver in Gstaad.

She underlined that potential by advancing to the final in third place, her cause further aided by the failure of Canada's Kaya Turski, the defending world and X Games champion, to progress through qualifying.

However, a fall on her first run and a second run that saw Summerhayes twice put her hands down on landing jumps, meant her score ranked her seventh.

Even in Turski's absence Canada dominated, Dara Howell taking gold and Kim Lamarre bronze while the USA's Devin Logan claimed silver.

"I'm gutted and there's been tears. It happens, that's our sport and people fall," said Summerhayes. "I'm still happy with how I skied, so I need to take some positives.

"The first run was really slushy and I'm not really sure what happened, I landed a bit back seat and the next thing I was on the floor.

"The second run I did what I wanted but I put my hands down twice on landing and that's the difference between winning and losing.

"It's my fault, it's just one of those things. I want to push this sport. I knew if I put my run down I was in with a chance.

"I was conscious of the conditions but it wasn't really a problem."

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