Winter Olympics: Katie wants to be first on many levels

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Katie Summerhayes, the youngest member of the 56-strong British team in Sochi, wants to go down in the history books as a pioneer and an individualist.

Just being part of the first-ever Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle competition will not be enough.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed herself more than most on the road to the Games, highlighting herself as one of the nation’s main medal hopes.

Summerhayes switched from halfpipe to slopestyle when she heard the sport had been accepted into the Olympic schedule in 2011.#

She became the first Briton in 19 years to climb the podium at a World Cup ski event when she landed silver in Switzerland last year.

She is also the only woman in competition to achieve a switch 12 – a complex trick which involves pulling off three-and-a-half spins after approaching a jump backwards.

But despite all these firsts already making her a pioneer before she has even taken to the Sochi slopes in anger, Summerhayes insists she is not satisfied yet.

“That’s what I want to be known as [a pioneer], I don’t want to go to a competition and do what everyone else is doing,” said Summerhayes, who is enjoying her second Olympic experience having been part of Team GB at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012.

“I want to do something different. I want to push it, that’s what I want to be known for in 20 years or whatever.

“It would be pretty funny if I ended up winning the first medal for Great Britain, especially as we’ve never won a medal on snow before.

“I just want to ski as best as I can. But yeah I want to win.”

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