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Women to Watch at the Winter Olympics 2018

Vicky February 6th, 2018

Celebrating Women in Sport

Today we’re celebrating women in winter sports, on the day Britain celebrates 100 years since women first gained the right to vote. Below you’ll find Ski Independence’s pick of women to watch at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Who’s your one to watch, be they a Brit or an international athlete?

Amanda Lightfoot

“Amanda Lightfoot is the only Biathlete competing for Team GB at Pyeongchang. Cross country skiing is recognised as being the most physically demanding sport, so adding shooting to the mix demands incredible fitness, stamina and recovery. She might not be a nailed-on medal hope, but I’ll be cheering her all the way!” Karen, Senior Ski Specialist

Women to Watch

Amanda Lightfoot (source: Team GB)

>> When to watch: Saturday 10th Feb 11:15-12:45 7.5km Biathlon; Saturday 17th Feb 11:15-12:10 12.5km Biathlon

Sofia Goggia

“Italian Sofia Goggia will be racing in skiing Downhill, Super-G, GS and Combined. With two consecutive World Cup Downhill wins under her belt this season, Sofia Goggia is one of the favourites to win the Olympic Gold Medal. Expect a head-to-head with Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin?” Nick, Product Manager North America & Japan

Women to Watch

Sofia Goggia and great rival Lindsey Vonn

>> When to watch: Wednesday 21st Feb 02:00-03:50 Women’s Downhill

Elise Christie

“It’s always great to see a fellow Scot in the Olympics, but after her heartbreak after being disqualified in Sochi 2014, I’m sure she is fired up and ready to take a speed skating medal in Pyeongchang.” David, Ski Specialist

Women to Watch

>> When to watch: Saturday 10th Feb 10:00-12:50 500m heats; Tuesday 13th Feb 10:00-12:10 500m Finals, Saturday 17th Feb 10:00-12:11 Speed Skating 1500m, Tuesday 20th Feb 10:00-12:00 Speed Skating 1000m and finals Thursday 22nd at 10:00-12:45.

Emily Sarsfield

“I’ll be watching Emily Sarsfield in the Ski Cross, one of the most watchable events in the Games. She missed Vancouver due to injury and wasn’t selected for Sochi, this is the last Games that she will be competing in…” Gareth, Sales Manager

>> When to watch: Friday 23rd Feb 04:15-05:55 Ski Cross Finals.

Katie Ormerod

“Katie Ormerod is an amazing snowboarder who cut her freestyle teeth on the Halifax dryslope. She narrowly missed out on qualifying for Sochi at just 15 years old! Katie was the first female to land Backside Double Cork 1080 and is a medal contender in both the Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines.” Adam, Ski Specialist

Women to Watch

>> When to watch: Sunday 11th Feb 04:30-06:35 Snowboard Slopestyle qualifications, Monday 12th Feb 01:00-02:45 Slopestyle Finals. Sunday 18th Feb 00:30-03:20 Big Air qualifications, Friday 23rd Feb 00:30-02:15 Big Air Finals

Mikaela Shiffrin

“Everyone’s talking about Mikaela Shiffrin, newly announced ambassador for the IKON Pass and team mate and rival to Lynsey Vonn. Shiffrin currently tops the 2018 FIS Alpine World Cup leader board by a huge margin.

According to the Denver Post ‘Mikaela Shiffrin will be a medal favorite in slalom, giant slalom and alpine combined at the PyeongChang Olympics, and she could contend in downhill and super-G.'” Vicky, Marketing Manager

>> When to watch: Monday 12th Feb 01:15-02:55 & 04:45-06:35 Giant Slalom; Wednesday 14th Feb 01:15-02:50 & 04:45-06:25 Slalom; Friday 23rd Feb 02:00-03:25 & 05:30-06:45 Alpine Combined.

Eve Muirhead

And as for a home hero? Hailing from Blair Ahtoll in Perhshire, Eve Muirhead is skip for Team GB’s ladies curling team and was bronze medallist in the 2014 Sochi Games. Curling runs in the family blood and Muirhead’s two younger brothers are competing this year in the men’s team. Go Team Muirhead!

Women to Watch

Eve Muirhead at Sochi 2014

>> When to watch: you’ll find the curling is on the TV a lot, especially in the opening days! Various times from Wednesday 14th Feb onwards.

Other British Ladies to Watch

Lizzie Yarnold & Laura Deas, Skeleton

>> When to watch: Friday 16th Feb 11:20-13:10, Saturday 17th Feb Skeleton Finals 11:20-13:40

Zoe Gillings, Snowboard Cross

>> When to watch: Friday 16th Feb, 03:15-04:15

Feeling inspired by our list of women to watch at this year’s Winter Olympics? To start planning your next ski holiday contact our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.

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