Summerhayes nervous but excited but setback for Woodsy

10 February 2014 / 19:06

Katie Summerhayes admits to feeling a little nervous ahead of her Olympic debut on Tuesday - but insists she's drawing inspiration from Jenny Jones.

Snowboarder Jones, 33, won Great Britain's first Winter Olympic medal on snow with a bronze in the slopestyle at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

And 18-year old Summerhayes, 15 years her junior, will go for Team GB in the ski version, having claimed World Cup silver recently in Gstaad.

"I was so stoked just to see Jenny doing it and fulfilling her dream," said Summerhayes.

"She is definitely an inspiration for me. Everything she has done, with the three X Games medals and now the Olympics bronze, it is just amazing.

"I have always looked up to her and that's my goal, to repeat what Jenny did."

Summerhayes finished fourth at last year's World Championships but injuries - she has undergone three knee operations in two years - have kept her off the snow for some of this season.

"I was out from April until December and it was really hard," she added.

"But just knowing about the Winter Olympics and having this goal to work for was really helpful and I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I got back on skis.

"I am feeling a little bit nervous but I am really excited and I just want to get it over and done with."

However, James Woods - a top British hope in the men's ski slopestyle - has suffered a setback ahead of his event later this week.

Woods, a silver medallist at last year's World Championships, suffered a heavy crash in training, according to team coach Pat Sharples.

But team officials remain upbeat about his prognosis.

Team GB Chief Medical Officer Niall Elliott said: "Following a fall in training on Friday, James has received physiotherapy and medical treatment for a hip injury. 

"He is progressing well and returned to training today as expected.  He didn't complete all the training but this was very much part of the plan."

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