SHEFFIELD freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes was looking on the bright side despite falling agonisingly short of a medal in the halfpipe at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria.
The 16-year-old eventually had to settle for fifth place in yesterday’s final in Innsbruck after she failed to improve on her first run of the day where she scored 55.00points.
Summerhayes had qualified for the final from the heats 24 hours earlier on Saturday in fifth place but failed to upset the odds in the medal showdown in Innsbruck.
But the Sheffield skier, who was selected as Team GB’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony on Friday, remained upbeat after her first taste of Olympic action.
“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,” said Summerhayes.
“Just being here with this quality of competition has been great and it’s all good experience for me. It’s been such an amazing experience here at the Youth Olympics.
“It was great that my family, coaches and so many of the other Team GB athletes were there to support me – it was great to come down to the bottom of the pipe and see them waving the flag.”
Meanwhile Sheffield figure skater Millie Paterson is currently ranked 11th with ice dance partner Edward Carstairs after recording a score of 30.70 in the short dance.
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