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Lytham coach bids to build on snowboarder Jones’ historic bronze

Lytham based ski coach, Pat Sharples, second left and Winter Olympics Bronze medallist Jenny Jones, second right

Lytham based ski coach, Pat Sharples, second left and Winter Olympics Bronze medallist Jenny Jones, second right

All eyes will be on World Cup freestyle champion James Woods today as Lytham skiing coach Pat Sharples hopes his charges taste more British medal glory at the Winter Olympics.

Pat was delighted to join last weekend’s celebrations which saw freestyle snowboarder Jenny Jones become the first Brit ever to win a medal on snow in 90 years of Olympic competition.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Pat told The Express after Jenny earned a bronze.

But it is the freestyle skiing hopefuls, making their debut at the Games, who are 36-year-old Pat’s prime responsibility, and Sheffield-based Woods has been seen as probably the best bet for a freeski gold at Sochi.

Teenager Katie Summerhayes, the contender from Pat’s team in the equivalent women’s event on Tuesday, had to be content with seventh place after falling on her first run in the final before scoring 70.60 in her second.

Woods has been progressing well after suffering an injury in a crash in training last week and Pat said all was being done to “get Woods 100 per cent”.

 

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