The Alpine Therapies team are getting just a little bit excited about the forthcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, with less than two days to go!
The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, the 9th February, at 8pm local time (11am for those viewing in the UK, midday for those viewing in France). Then, for the next sixteen days, we will be watching our wintersports heroes compete in a whole host of disciplines, including Curling, Ski Jumping, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s Hockey, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Luge, Short Track, Skeleton, Bobsled, Men’s Hockey and Nordic Combined.
Team GB is looking as strong as ever, with 59 athletes competing in 11 different sports – the biggest delegation Britain have ever taken to a Winter Olympic Games.
Britain has set its sights on achieving at least five medals, and perhaps as many as ten – no pressure then! Our great medal hopes include Elise Christie, in short track speed skating (she won three golds and a bronze in the 2017 World Championships); Lizzy Yarnold, in skeleton (defending her gold medal win in Sochi 2014); our Men’s and Women’s curling teams (women’s team won bronze in 2017 World Championships and bronze in Sochi 2014, men’s team won silver in Sochi 2014, although they have a new line up this year); Katie Ormerod, in snowboard slopestyle and big air (she won bronze at the PyeongChang test event); and last but by no means least, Dave Ryding, in Alpine skiing (although peaking later in his career, his 2017 World Championship performance puts him in good stead).
We will also be keeping a close eye on our local Alpine Skiing heroes from here in the French Alps. France has 107 athletes competing with 59 from the Pays de Savoie. There are six competitors from Courchevel including the legendary Alexis Pinturault, along with Courchevel girls Anne-Sophie Barthet and Taina Barioz.
However we will be following especially closely 17 year old Jonathan (Jonty) Learoyd who is competing for France in ski jumping. Jonty’s mum has been an Alpine Therapies Pilates regular for many years and it is incredible to follow Jonty’s journey. Born to British parents who run a luxury chalet company based in Courchevel and Meribel he has grown up in the French Alps. Jonty is already inspiring the next generation. It takes incredible skill, hard work and determination and still few make it to the very top of their game. For children such as ours currently growing up here in the Alps to be surrounded by young athletes that make it to the Olympic Games is awe-inspiring and such a privilege.
Wishing all of the athletes the very best of luck, and we look forward to watching!