Great Britain believes it can make a name for itself during the snowboarding and skiing competitions at the upcoming Olympic games. Snowsports England launched an effort to get more citizens on the slopes and so far, its efforts have proven successful. The nation now boasts several top athletes determined to bring medals back home.
Great Britain’s Olympic Preparation
At the center of Great Britain’s hopeful emergence in the sport is 19-year-old Maisie Potter. The Bangor, North Wales native is an all round snowboarder, who already has nearly ten years of experience. She has been named the Overall Women’s British Champion three times. Potter participated in the World Cup circuit for the first time this year and she hopes it has provided her with the proper experience to compete with the best boarders from around the world.
UK snowboarder Jenny Jones rose to fame in 2014 when she won the country’s first medal in the Paralympics in Sochi. She helped inspire up and coming riders from the nation, including Dave Ryding and Aimee Fuller; both are set to participate in Pyeongchang. This is a welcomed sight for Great Britain after its extensive efforts to promote winter sports participation. The Go Ski Go Board initiative was one of the first platforms launched in support of future Olympic athletes in 2013. The rapid growth the country has seen in its athletic roster can be traced directly back to these enterprises.
In other news, a schedule of the events that will take place at the Olympics has been released. Here is a look at the first three days of competition:
Sat, 2/10: Men’s snowboard slopestyle final (8 pm), Women’s qualifying snowboard slopestyle (11:30 pm)
Sun, 2/11: Women’s final snowboard slopestyle (8 pm), Women’s qualifying snowboard halfpipe (11:30 pm)
Mon, 2/12: Women’s snowboard halfpipe final (8 pm), Men’s qualifying snowboard halfpipe (11 pm)
Click here for a complete Winter Olympics schedule of events.