Koyander to represent GB at Vancouver 2010

Ellie Koyander (Photo: Mike Austin)18-year-old is one of the youngest members of Team GB for Vancouver Games
Ellie Koyander (Photo: Mike Austin)

Ellie Koyander (Photo: Mike Austin)

British freestyle skier Ellie Koyander has become one of the youngest athletes to be selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, aged just 18.

The Derbyshire teenager competes in moguls, a form of freestyle skiing involving fast technical skiing and aerial jumps that are scored on timing and difficulty.

Currently competing on the FIS World Cup Freestyle circuit, the 18-year-old has been awarded her place after being one of the elite top 30 athletes in the world who achieved the International Olympic Committee’s qualifying criteria.

Speaking about today’s announcement Koyander said: “It’s just indescribable how I feel at this moment in time! Words cannot explain it.”

“The dedicated hard work over the last five years with all my coaching team travelling around the world starts to puts into perspective just what an incredible journey it been for us.”

“It’s all just such a great feeling to have reached the goal of putting British Moguls skiing back on the map.”

Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission, has high hopes for British success at the Games, which get under way in just over two weeks time. “Within this group of athletes announced today, we have a wonderful mixture of potential and experience,” said Hunt.

“It’s an exciting team and we’re doing everything we can to allow these athletes to fulfil their potential and achieve a personal best for Team GB in Vancouver.”

Find out more about Ellie in our exclusive Q&A

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