Kirsty Muir carries Team GB medal hopes after decisive act at Winter Olympics

Kirsty Muir made it to another Olympic final with her favorite Artic Monkeys song in her headphones.

and the lyric “In the middle of an adventure, a perfect place to start” never seemed more appropriate.

These Games have been tough for Team GB, medals have been a bit like snow – distinctly rare.

Indeed with five days of competition to come the scorers have not yet been troubled, raising the prospect of a first Olympics without a medal in three decades… no pressure then Bruce Mouat in men’s curling.

This investigation will begin soon enough, but there is no doubt that Muir will survive unscathed, the undisputed groundbreaking act of Team GB’s Beijing Travelers.

Freestyle skier Muir will be back in school next week but admits she has learned great lessons from her first Olympic experience as the youngest member of Team GB, aged just 17, followed her fifth place in the Big Air with an eighth in the women’s slopestyle.

Muir’s silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne two years ago underlined his potential, it was an impressive big graduation.

“I was happy to make another final, but the general feeling is probably still one of disappointment,” said Muir, whose exploits in Beijing are shown live on Discovery+, Eurosport and the Eurosport app.

“The girls up there broke it, but I was really hoping I could be in the running too.

“I learned a lot and I have a lot to work on, this sport is changing at such a fast pace and it gives me the motivation to keep training hard.”

With her millions of social media followers, China’s Eileen Gu, who took silver in slopestyle to add gold to Big Air, is helping to raise the profile of the sport.

Muir was again the youngest in this Olympic final, but Gu is only a few months older – and will be the one to chase as the Olympic countdown resets at Milano-Cortina in four years.

“I think we can definitely get more people to see our sport and get involved,” Muir said. “I really hope some young people can get involved in it, I hope it may have inspired them.”

Muir expects her to be back at Bucksburn Academy, where she is pursuing her graduate studies, next week.

From flying high at the Olympics and being tweeted on social media by Judy Murray, it’ll be back down to earth with a bump.

“I have a lot of work to catch up on,” she added.

“It’s my last year at school and I think I could take a year off to focus on my skiing, we’ll see.”

After two seventh-place finishes in her previous Olympic finals, her teammate Katie Summerhayes was still smiling after finishing one place behind Muir in ninth, Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud winning gold.

“I thought I could get on that podium,” she admitted.

“But what changed for me is just that I had so much fun, it was a different vibe for me. I wanted to go out and have fun and I feel like I did.

“The last two Olympics I’ve been in tears deep down and I’m absolutely cheesin’ now, so I’m really happy.”

Summerhayes, now 26, knows what it’s like to be dubbed the ‘next big thing’ after becoming the youngest British woman to win a World Cup skiing medal at the age of 19 years old.

But she’s no doubt that Muir has what it takes.

“She can definitely be up there on the podium,” she added. “She just needs to keep training and keep enjoying it. She knows exactly what she needs to do.”

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