Switzerland's Hoefflin skis to gold in women's slopestyle

Cheryl Sanders
February 18, 2018

Izzy Atkin, 19, has won Great Britain's first Winter Olympics medal on skis with bronze in the slopestyle final.

Hoefflin scored 83.80 points in her first run before crashing in her second. Her winning score at PyeongChang 2018 was 91.20.

Gremaud had laid down a marker of 88.00 in her opening attempt and it stood as the leading score until Höfflin took to the course.

Atkin's third-placed finish follows on from Dom Parsons" bronze in the Men's skeleton on Friday, with three chances of completing a remarkable "Super Saturday' for GB later on Saturday, with Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas looking for skeleton medals in their final two runs of four, with Elise Christie once again looking to end her Olympic hoodoo in the 1500m short-track speed skating.

She went to school at Park City's Winter Sports High School, which also boasts gold medalists Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso and Joss Christensen as alumni.

I'm really happy. I'm really excited and overwhelmed. I don't have many words right now.

"I'd been competing on the national circuit in the US for a while, at younger age events".

Dahlstrom failed to land on the first jump however - the Swede crashing to the ground - leading to celebrations from a large Team GB contingent at the foot of the course. And she did for an historic British medal. Sochi Olympic champ Dara Howell of Canada failed to advance to the 12-woman final after finishing 21st in qualifying, when world champion Tess Ledeux of France was also eliminated. "I didn't have the best training and Mathilde and I have been having a couple of injuries", Hoefflin said.

Until it wasn't. Until the woman who wanted to be a doctor found Olympic glory instead. "But I think the best thing about today is I managed to step on the podium with my teammate".

"I'm speechless and stoked to win the bronze and represent Great Britain".

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