Alpine skier Katie Crawford has overcome injury to place 30th on a difficult Giant Slalom course at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Crawford crashed in training two days before competition and required seven stitches in her upper right arm.
Despite the injury the 17-year-old recorded two solid runs in a combined time of 2:23:25 on a bluebird day at Les Diablerets in Switzerland.
“The top half of the course I skied pretty positively, I could’ve been stronger in the second half but overall I was really happy with my runs,” said Crawford.
“I loved today it was so amazing, usually I get pretty nervous but the atmosphere here is so cool so it was a great experience.”
The course was icy and steep at points with around half of the 78 competitors crashing and recording a DNF.
Crawford was supported by her mum and dad and three siblings who travelled from Auckland for the Games.
“It’s pretty special to have them here, I’m really lucky.”
Crawford (Auckland Diocesan School) will compete in Slalom on Tuesday January 14th.
Winter Youth Olympic Games coverage is available on Sky Sport and the Olympic Channel YouTube channel.
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