Team GB’s best Winter Olympics medal hope Kirsty Muir QUALIFIES for the final in freestyle skiing slopestyle… as 17-year-old Scottish schoolgirl pulls off impressive performance in Beijing to put herself in contention for gold
- Kirsty Muir is arguably Team GB’s best hope for a medal at the Winter Olympics
- The 17-year-old Scottish schoolgirl finished fifth in the Big Air event last week
- Now, she is into the final of the freestyle skiing slopestyle after qualifying sixth
- She told MailOnline she is ‘so happy to have made the final’ after a ‘few mistakes’
A teenage schoolgirl from Scotland is Team GB’s best hope of winning our first medal at Beijing 2022 after qualifying for the final of the freestyle skiing slopestyle event with an impressive performance.
Kirsty Muir, 17, from Aberdeen, pulled off a devastating display of somersaults, jumps and tricks to earn her sixth place in the qualification round at the Genting Snow Park on Monday morning.
The fresh-faced Scot was beaming when she learned she had done enough to be among the best 12 competitors who will battle it out for the medals on Tuesday.
Team GB pair Kirsty Muir (centre left) and Katie Summerhayes celebrate qualifying for the final
Muir, 17, is Team GB’s best hope of a medal at the Winter Olympics despite still being at school
She narrowly missed out on bronze at the Big Air event by coming a respectable fifth in her first Olympic event last week.
Her freestyle skier team-mate Katie Summerhayes also qualified for the final in tenth place.
Team GB snowboard queens Katie Ormerod and Charlotte Bankes, who were heralded as great medal hopes, both failed to make the finals in their events.
Kirsty told MailOnline: ‘I’m so happy to have made the finals – especially as I had a few mistakes during my run.
‘I just want to go and get a clean run. See if I can up my run and go and have some fun.’
She added: ‘I’m stoked to have Katie in the final with me.’
After 10 days of competition Team GB have still not won a single medal.
Muir impressed with a range of tricks to finish sixth in freestyle skiing slopestyle qualifying
After the event, the young Scot told MailOnline she was ‘so happy’ to have made the final
Kirsty, who is the youngest member of Team GB’s 50 athletes at Beijing 2022, must sit her final year exams at Bucksburn Academy in just a few weeks’ time. She is meant to be revising while she is in China when not training.
The teenager has revealed how she learned to ski aged just four years old on the Scottish mountains near her home in Aberdeen.
Kirsty told MailOnline: ‘I learnt to ski on the Scottish mountains and at the dry ski slope in Aberdeen.
‘Most of the time it was Glenshee Ski Centre and Lecht, because they were the closest to me.
Katie Ormerod did not make the final of the snowboard Big Air, alongside Charlotte Bankes
‘So I learned to ski there with my family. I was about four. I’ve got an older brother and a younger sister and we all did it together.
‘I used to follow my brother Jimmy and he took us off-piste.’
She added: ‘Jimmy’s 19 now and he thinks it’s pretty cool that I’m out here representing Team GB.
‘My whole family is really supportive.’