Innes and Cooper impress in Lillehammer

At the Hafjell Olympic Slope, Team GB’s alpine skiers Yasmin Cooper and Iain Innes had their first taste of Youth Olympic competition in the Super-G event. 

Cooper pushed hard but missed a gate and failed to finish her first run, while Innes fared much better – finishing in 32nd  – and the 17-year-old from Edinburgh was delighted with the result.

“I thought it went really well today. I made a bit of a mistake coming into the finish and probably lost a second or so but overall really happy,” said Innes.

“We have another Super-G run tomorrow in the combined event so now I know the course I can push a bit harder and let the skis run a bit more.

“I’m really looking forward to the slalom later on in the Games. It’s fast conditions so if I can ski a couple of good runs I’ll be looking to get a PB.

“I’ve been on British teams before but being part of the real Team GB with the Olympic rings on the kit is amazing – I’m loving it.”

In the following event, the Alpine Combined, Cooper produced a stunning performance to place 13th! Innes failed to finish the Slalom section after having been in 35th following the Super G.

Ireland’s Gary Skinner placed 29th having finished 39th in the Super G section. Skinner improved from his opening race, the Super G where he finished 45th.

Next up is the Giant Slalom on the 16th for the girls with the boys racing the following day.