20 February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 - Day 12 Preview

SNOWBOARD: MEN’S BIG AIR at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

12:30am (GMT) – Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls

After being the first three athletes to hit the competition arena for Team GB in PyeongChang, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan have had to wait a week and a half before their next appearance in tomorrow’s big air qualifying.

Billy Morgan has finished inside the top 10 at World Cup level in big air on four occasions, including a podium at Mönchengladbach at the end of 2016 when he finished third. He also finished seventh at the 2015 World Championships.

While Jamie Nicholls’ two big air World Cup top 10s both came in London when he was a teenager, he will still be targeting a trick which can land him in Saturday’s final. He failed to land his jumps at the World Championships in Spain last year but will be confident of a strong performance after a solid outing in the slopestyle qualifiers last Saturday.

Rowan Coultas’ first Olympic campaign continues tomorrow and he will be striving to make amends after not locking down a run in slopestyle qualifying. As a 17-year-old, Coultas was 25th at the 2015 World Championships but his best big air result came at this venue in 2016 when he finished third in his qualifying heat before earning eighth place in the final of a World Cup event.

 

CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S TEAM SPRINT at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

8:40am (GMT) – Andrew Musgrave & Andrew Young

Andrew Musgrave has had an up-and-down Games so far and he will be looking to make the pendulum swing in the right direction again when he teams with Andrew Young in tomorrow’s team sprint.

Musgrave created history with seventh in the skiathlon on the opening weekend of competition but was disappointed not to have been in contention in the 15km free later in the week.

The team sprint provides a great opportunity for Young and Musgrave, both of whom have shown form in this type of racing, and the free skate technique will suit them both.

In January, Young teamed with 21-year-old James Clugnet to finish ninth at the World Cup team sprint in Dresden. In December, Musgrave (14th) out-qualified Young (16th) at the opening stage of the Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide to show he still has his sprinting legs. Young went on to finish tenth in the event.

The team sprint involves each athlete skiing three legs in a relay format. The top two teams from each heat will qualify for the final along with the next six fastest teams.

 

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