Zoe Atkin delighted to make Izzy proud with first-ever World Cup win
Freestyle Skiing

Zoe Atkin delighted to make Izzy proud with first-ever World Cup win

13 December 2019 / 22:12

Friday the 13th may be considered unlucky but Great Britain's Zoe Atkin went some way to disproving that myth by winning her first-ever World Cup medal in the Halfpipe final in Colorado.

Atkin, younger sister of Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist Izzy, scored 87.75 in her first run to top the podium after finishing second in qualifying in the Freestyle Skiing event on Copper Mountain earlier this week.

It is a sign of remarkable potential from the 16-year-old who finished 14th in the same event last year on her World Cup debut, this time beating the likes of USA’s Brita Sigourney, who won bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, in second.

This year has been somewhat of a breakthrough season for the youngster, who finished 13th in the Halfpipe World Championships in Utah in February and this result could signal it's time for her to step out of her older sister's shadow and into the limelight herself. 

“Honestly I’m so excited. I’m like speechless,” she said.

“Izzy said she was proud of me, and she’s really excited too.

“It feels so surreal. I always try and work on going as big as I can so I can set myself apart from the other competitors.”

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