Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls and Annika Taylor are in action on day one of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

09 February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 - Day 1 Preview

With the Opening Ceremony done and the Olympic flame lit, it’s time to turn the focus to our British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang as they hit the competitive arena for day one of competition tomorrow.

There will be four athletes in action across two events, and you’ll need to set the alarm early to catch all the action.

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SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park
1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas

Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls return to Olympic action with high hopes having both enjoyed top 10 slopestyle finishes in Sochi, and they are joined by the youngest male in the British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang, Rowan Coultas.

Nicholls finished sixth in Sochi and has stood on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the last two years. He claimed his maiden World Cup victory in the Czech Republic in 2016 but has competed rarely this season, his place on the Olympic team all but secured when he finished second on the overall slopestyle standings in the 2016/17 World Cup.

The 24-year-old will no doubt have extra motivation after his cousin Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Games on Thursday with a fractured heel.

Like Nicholls, Morgan has competed rarely this season but is always one of the riders to watch. His only World Cup slopestyle event this season was a sixth-place finish in New Zealand back in September, one of five career top 10 results which includes two podiums.

Morgan, 28, just missed out on direct qualification for the final in Sochi, but sent down the highest semi-final score before finishing 10th overall.

Coultas has been one of the young guns in the GB Park and Pipe squad for a number of years now and is primed to now perform on the biggest stage. The 20-year-old announced himself as a star of the future in 2014 when he took slopestyle silver at the World Junior Championships in Italy.

Since then he has earned three World Cup top 10 results in slopestyle and will remember last competition in Korea fondly when he finished eighth in the Big Air test event in 2016.

 

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre
7:15am (GMT) – Annika Taylor

The ladies’ skiathlon is a 15km race where athletes complete the first 7.5km in classic technique, followed by 7.5km free skate. The event is a true test of skiers overall cross country skills and it will be Annika Taylor’s first race of a busy week in PyeongChang.

Born in California, Taylor qualifies as British courtesy of her father and has raced internationally for Great Britain since 2013 when she competed in the World U23 Championships. Since then Taylor has not only graduated from university with a degree in chemistry, she has also graduated to British Nordic Elite Squad and has been on the World Cup circuit since 2015.

Taylor, 24, has only raced the skiathlon discipline three times on the international stage, with her last race being at last year’s World Championships in Lahti, Finland where she finished 41st.

 

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