Izzy Atkin holds nerve to win first British skiing medal

Pauline Gross
February 18, 2018

Izzy Atkin has won a bronze medal in the women's ski slopestyle to claim Great Britain's second medal of the Winter Olympics - and its first ever skiing medal.

With Atkin, the reigning World Championship bronze medalist from Sierra Nevada a year ago in danger of missing out on the final however, the US-born skier then laid down a far superior run including big air and grabs on the penultimate kicker, with clean lands on all three jumps. During the last four years, across 24 slopestyle competitions. she's placed inside the top 10 in all but one of the events. She recovered in style, however, to post the second-best run of the entire competition with a score of 91.20 points.

Gremaud had laid down a marker of 88.00 in her opening attempt and it stood as the leading score until Höfflin took to the course.

Her family then moved to Park City, Utah. She took up freestyle skiing only after she didn't get into medical school.

"I am overwhelmed and excited".

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"I went up for the finals and chose to push it a bit more because I wanted to do myself justice". However, this is the Olympics and I wanted to compete. "They looked after me so well and they managed to turn me into the athlete I am today".

Putting together a similar but cleaner final run, Atkin landed her best final jump of the day to record an 84.60 and leapfrog Voisin back into third.

Unlike the women's snowboarding slopestyle final, where wind wreaked havoc with the field, the issues this time around seemed to simply be the treacherous course.

"It was a bit of a struggle for me", Hoefflin said.

"I wish it could have gone better but it's just skiing. I would have been stoked with anything but I am really happy with third".

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