Slopestyle gold for Switzerland's Hoefflin

  • Slopestyle gold for Switzerland's Hoefflin

Slopestyle gold for Switzerland's Hoefflin

Atkin faced an anxious wait before securing bronze, but the final three skiers failed to post a score capable of toppling the Briton, who was competing in her first Winter Games.

Jumping up to fourth place in qualifying for the final, Atkin was them joined by Summerhayes in making the final 12 competitors for the medals - with the latter still skiing through the pain barrier of her ankle injury sustained days before competition.

Compatriot Mathilde Gremaud won silver, while Britain's Isabel Atkin took the bronze in a final that confounded pre-competition predictions.

"I'm really excited and overwhelmed".

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

Atkin finished behind Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin, who took gold with 91.20, and Mathilde Gremaud, who won silver with a score of 88.00.

It comes a day after Dom Parsons won bronze in the men's skeleton for GB's first medal of the 2018 Games.

"I knew I'd skied the best I could and I was just waiting for the last girls to drop". My heart was racing.

"We came out today and wanted to have the most amount of fun".

"It's the Olympics. You gotta send it and leave nothing on the table and be happy with it, so that's what I am", she said. "I can't put my thoughts into words", Atkin told reporters. Incredibly, she didn't get serious about the sport until her early 20s, when she couldn't get into medical school after earning a degree in neuroscience. I had a crash in training this morning. Atkin ended her dream by scoring three points better than the budding star.

"Luckily enough I have halfpipe to look forward to and I'm going to use that fire and really send it", she said.