Not to be for Andrew Young today, first race out the blocks in the Olympics and not in the top 30 place. Youngy has two more chances to perform and will be entering the team sprints with Muzzy and as well as the individual freestyle sprints later in the week.
Cross Country: Men’s Sprint Classic
Alpine: Ladies’ Slalom
DAY 3 WRAP
CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S SPRINT CLASSIC at Alpensia Cross Country Centre
Team GB Results: Andrew Young 46th
The Individual Sprint was always going to be a bit of a battle for Andrew Young and so it proved today with the three-time Olympian failing to progress to the elimination stages.
Young’s strongest technique is free skate, and he has finished in the top 10 at World Cup events this year when raced in that technique. However with the Olympic sprint being contested in classic, qualification from the prologue was too much of a challenge.
“I feel like I pushed hard and pushed well the whole way through the race but ended up a long way behind,” said Young. “That’s just how it goes.
“I will keep on working and training for the next one.”
Young’s Games continue though, competing alongside Andrew Musgrave in the 15km Free on Friday before the pair line up together in the Team Sprint (next Wednesday)
“I’ve been skiing full-time long enough now that I’m used to being able to get over a race when it’s disappointing,” said Young. “I’ve got the 15km individual to come in three days’ time.
I will have a rest day tomorrow, try and get some energy and then we’ll go for that.”
DAY 4 PREVIEW
ALPINE: LADIES’ SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre
1:15am (GMT) Run 1 | 4:45am (GMT) Run 2 – Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley
Scottish skiers Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest will make their Olympic debuts tomorrow morning when they line up in the ladies’ slalom.
Tilley was due to make her first appearance of the Games in the Giant Slalom earlier in the week however that event was pushed back to Thursday due to high winds.
She now gets the opportunity to race on the biggest stage in a discipline which she has been victorious in nine Nor Am, Far East Cup or FIS competitions over the past five years.
While Giant Slalom is her preferred discipline, Tilley is known for going as hard as she can and will be targeting a place in the top 30 to earn a second run.
Tilley will be 35th out of the gates, seven places ahead of Charlie Guest (42nd) whose journey to become an Olympian looked to be over when the 24-year-old fractured four vertebrae when training in Sweden in late 2014.
Since then, Guest has come back stronger than ever. She has 12 career FIS Slalom victories to her credit, the most recent of which came in November when she won a race in Finland.