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PyeongChang Daily Update Day 6 Wrap / Day 7 Preview

Today’s events
Alpine: Ladies Giant Slalom
Cross Country: Ladies’ 10km Free

Tomorrow’s events
Alpine: Ladies’ Slalom
Snowboard: Ladies’ Snowboard Cross
Cross Country: Ladies’ 10km Free

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DAY 6 WRAP
ALPINE: LADIES’ GIANT SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

Team GB Result: Alex Tilley DNF

Alex Tilley is known for leaving nothing out on the course and so it proved on her Olympic debut this morning in the giant slalom.

Tilley was pushing hard and looking to set a strong first run time before coming unstuck and crashing out midway through the run.

While it wasn’t the way she hoped to open her Olympic campaign, Tilley now needs to reset quickly with the rescheduled slalom set down for tomorrow.

“It’s mixed emotions; I’m happy to finally compete at the Olympics but I’m really disappointed with the result,” said Tilley. “It was a rookie error but you’ve got to take risks.

“I’ll go in to the slalom and just try to enjoy the experience. I’m looking forward to seeing two Brits on the start list and hopefully we’ll be able to do something good.”

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ 10KM FREE at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Team GB Result: Annika Taylor 74th

Annika Taylor improved on her start position in today’s 10km free race, finishing 74th out of 90 starters.

While the result was an improvement from Saturday’s skiathlon when she beat out just one other starter, Taylor said she was disappointed to not finish higher but is looking positively to the future.

“That was a solid race but my goal was top 30,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately things haven’t quite gone my way this year but that’s only making me motivated because I know I have it in me.

"My body just hasn’t done what I wanted it to this year. It’s frustrating but I’ve grown a lot as a person and I can handle a lot of pain now.

"I think I trained so hard that by the time I got to the season I was just tired. I didn’t leave enough for the season but it’s part of learning process. I’m putting this in the bank and coming back stronger next year and I can’t wait."

DAY 7 PREVIEW

CROSS COUNTRY: MEN’S 15KM FREE at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

6am (GMT) Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young & Callum Smith

For much of the last four years Andrew Musgrave has had an eye on 16 February, the day of the 15km free at PyeongChang.

And after creating British Olympic history by finishing seventh in the skiathlon on Sunday, Musgrave has shown he has the form to make his mark in his preferred event.

In comments which have all British Nordic fans excited, Musgrave said after the race that he was actually disappointed with the skiathlon result, providing extra motivation for tomorrow which should represent his best event in PyeongChang.

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

Musgrave’s career-best result came in this discipline when he finished on the podium in December, earning third place at the World Cup event in Toblach, Italy. He earned another top ten at the Tour de Ski in a 15km free stage in Oberstdorf, Germany when he finished sixth in a tightly-fought race, just four seconds off the lead.

Musgrave will be joined in the event by Andrew Young and Callum Smith who have both already featured at the Games.

Young was disappointed with not qualifying for the top 30 in the sprint classic earlier in the week, while Smith featured in the skiathlon alongside Musgrave.

Both raced the 15km in Sochi which was in the classic technique, where Young finished 37th and Smith 67th out of 91 starters.

ALPINE: LADIES’ SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

1am (GMT) Run 1  |  4:15am (GMT) Run 2 – Alex Tilley & Charlie Guest

Scottish skiers Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest take on the ladies’ slalom tomorrow morning in an event which Great Britain has had just one Olympic finisher since 1992.

Tilley made her first Olympic appearance earlier today but was unable to finish the first run of the giant slalom and she will be looking to make amends.

Tomorrow is an opportunity for Tilley to show her wares in an event she has been victorious in nine Nor Am, Far East Cup or FIS competitions over the past five years.

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.

SNOWBOARD: LADIES’ SNOWBOARD CROSS at Phoenix Snow Park

1am (GMT) Qualifying |  3:15am (GMT) Elimination Rounds – Zoë Gillings-Brier

Zoë Gillings-Brier is the most experienced campaigner on Team GB in PyeongChang and she will be looking to draw on all those years of knowledge when she competes in tomorrow’s Snowboard Cross.

This is Gillings-Brier’s fourth Olympic campaign, having finished 15th in Turin, 8th in Vancouver and 9th in Sochi.

In order to challenge her best Olympic finish, the 32-year-old first needs to get through the qualifying stage inside the top 24. From there, the knockout stages commence with six riders in each quarter-final, semi-final and final.

Gillings-Brier has been competing on the World Cup circuit since 2001 and has achieved seven podium finishes including one victory. She was ninth at last year’s World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

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