Winter Youth Olympics 2012: Katie Summerhayes falls just short

Freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes narrowly misses out on a medal in the half-pipe competition at Winter Youth Olympics

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Christiansen Sjaastad of Norway in action in Innsbruck Photo: IOC/Handout

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Freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes narrowly missed out on a medal in the half-pipe competition at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

The 16-year-old had to settle for the fifth in the end after she failed to improve on her opening score of 55.00 in Sunday’s final as home town favourite Elisabeth Gram stormed to gold.

But despite failing to notch Great Britain’s first ever medal at a Winter Youth Olympic Games the GB youngster admitted that just getting the chance to compete at a Games like this was a win in itself.

“I’m so stoked with fifth place. I said I wanted to come away with a top five result, so to be able to get that is really pleasing,” she said.

“Just being here with this quality of competition has been great and it’s all good experience for me. It was great that my family, coaches and so many of the other Team GB athletes were here to support me – it was great to come down to the bottom of the pipe and see them waving the flag.

“I’m going to watch the curlers and support everyone else now that my competition is over. It’s been such an amazing experience here at the Youth Olympics.”

Fellow freestyler Tyler Harding was also in action in the Men’s Half-Pipe Final but the Halifax skier came home in tenth overall after runs of 62.75 and 31.25.

Elsewhere Great Britain’s curling team have it all to do after they slumped to their third successive defeat of the Games in Austria.

The GB quartet of Thomas Muirhead, Rachel Hannen, Angharad Ward and skip Duncan Menzies now need to win all four of their remaning round-robin fixtures if they are to stand any chance of making it to the knockout stages.

A 5-4 defeat in an extra end against Germany on Sunday morning proved costly to Team GB who then found themselves somewhat outclassed in the afternoon session as Canada beat them 8-2.

And Muirhead, the younger brother of World Championship silver medallist Eve, cut a frustrated figure at the close of play.

“We played really well yesterday against Sweden and were unlucky to lose, a bad start meant we had too much to do to make up the gap,” he said.

“But as a team I thought we looked really good, but in Sunday’s games we just couldn’t make the shots when we needed to, we really struggled.

“We need to win every game from now on so it’s going to be tough but we will come with a fresh mindset tomorrow, it’s a new day and we’ll take it from there.”

Snowboarder Lewis Courtier-Jones was also in action on a busy Sunday for Team GB but the 16-year-old failed to make it out of his half-pipe semi-final after finishing eighth, leaving him to focus on the slopestyle competition that gets underway on Thursday.

It was a disappointing day for our alpine skiers however as both Paul Henderson and Rachelle Rogers failed to finish in the Super Combined event.

Rogers crashed out in the morning’s Super G while Henderson straddled one of the final gates in the afternoon’s slalom to rule himself out of overall contention.

The biathlon competition also got underway at Seefeld Arena and Calum Irvine, as GB’s sole representative in the event, went in the men’s 7.5km sprint.

But a wayward display on the shooting range cost him dear as he had to settle for 35th leaving him with much to ponder ahead of tomorrow’s 10km pursuit.

Meanwhile figure skaters Millie Paterson and Edward Carstairs got their ice dance campaign off to a fine start with a personal best score of 30.70 in the short dance.

That score put them 11th overall with Tuesday’s free dance still to come for the pair.

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