Winter Olympics: Sheffield’s Summerhayes finishes seventh

Sheffield's Katie Summerhayes. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Sheffield's Katie Summerhayes. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Sheffield’s Katie Summerhayes finished seventh in the final of the ski slopestyle this morning at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

After a poor first run Summerhayes, who learned to ski at the city’s Ski Village, was much-improved in the second and was awarded 70.60 points by the judges.

Katie Summerhayes. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

Katie Summerhayes. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

Canada’s Dara Howell won gold with 94.20, America’s Devin Logan silver with 85.40 and Canada’s Kim Lamarre bronze on 85.

The day had begun well for the 18-year-old as she finished third in the qualification round.

However in her first final run, after beginning well, she fell attempting a switch 1260.

The medals are decided on the best score of the competitors.

Canada’s Dara Howell set the standard with 94.20, America’s Devin Logan is second with 85.40 and Australia’s Anna Segal is third on 77.

Segal was knocked off the podium by Lamarre’s second run.

Earlier Summerhayes showed no sign of any nerves as she put down two solid runs, looking particularly accomplished on the rail part of the course, to give Britain hope of earning only their second ever medal on snow - 48 hours after Jenny Jones claimed the first in the snowboard equivalent.

Summerhayes carded a very respectable 81.40 first time around, then bettered it to 84.00 in her second run to comfortably finish in the top 12 who qualify for the final.