Andrew Musgrave powers to 7th place in the PyeongChang skiathlon.

11 February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 - Day 2 Wrap

CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Team GB Results: Andrew Musgrave 7th, Callum Smith 57th

Andrew Musgrave created British Olympic history today at Alpensia Cross Country Centre with a top ten finish in the Skiathlon.

The 27-year-old Scot was with the leading group throughout and at times during the final lap was in the silver medal position, but eventually finished seventh behind a trio of Norwegians.

The result is the best ever result by a Briton in Olympic Cross Country history, totally eclipsing his 29th in the sprint at Sochi.

But in a sign of where Musgrave sees his form at the moment, he wasn’t entirely happy with the result but knows it is a good indicator of where his form is at ahead of his preferred 15km free event on Friday.

“I'm a little disappointed, I felt really good,” said Musgrave. “I felt awesome with about a lap and a half to go and I felt that I would be in the fight for the victory. I just ended up going a little bit too hard on the last lap.

“After that, until about 2km to go, I was still thinking I could be in the fight for silver and bronze but the second to last hill, I just realised my legs were a little bit heavy and I didn't quite have enough in the tank.”

"It's a decent result but I'm not at the Olympics to come seventh. I'm here to fight for a win." 

“The 15km should be my best event. I was in the fight for the medals here until the last couple of kilometres. So when this isn't my best, come Friday I should be in the fight for the victory."

Meanwhile, Callum Smith overcame a tangle inside the opening 200m to finish 57th and achieve his best Olympic result, improving on his 61st from the Skiathlon in Sochi.

"Unfortunately I got brought down in a crash on the first lap which was a bit frustrating but I felt I skied really well later on to bring a few places back,” said Smith. "For sure, I lost some positions though. It was so tight. I lost the group and I was having to work really hard into the wind to try and get back to where I was.

"Generally I'm happy with where my form is now and I'm looking forward to Friday. I think I can do a good race there."

Smith added that while he thought teammate Musgrave’s performance was outstanding, he expects him to be motivated for even bigger things in the 15km free.

"It's a brilliant result for Andrew. He's probably a little bit disappointed but I think it shows that on Friday he is hopefully capable of a medal. It would be massive."

 

SNOWBOARD: LADIES’ SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park

POSTPONED

While the men’s slopestyle final was able to be run and won earlier in the day, officials at Phoenix Snow Park decided the wind conditions – which also saw the postponement of the men’s downhill – were too harsh for the ladies’ slopestyle qualifying to take place.

Today’s two-run qualifying stage was to be followed tomorrow with a three-run final for the top 12. Now, the competition will take the format of a two-run straight final including all athletes.

Competition is scheduled to begin at 1am GMT, the same time as the original final, with Aimee Fuller hoping to improve on her result from four years ago.

Fuller finished 17th in Sochi in the same event which saw Jenny Jones claim her historic bronze medal.

The 26-year-old has seven World Cup top 10s to her credit in slopestyle, and while she has competed sparingly this winter, she capped last season with her best ever finish, fourth place in the Czech Republic.

 

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