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Rowan Cheshire

World Cup Freestyle Gold Medallist


7 February 2018Team GB's snow queens! The world-class athletes who are gunning for medal glory at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

From the snowy ski slopes to the twists and turns of the bobsleigh tracks, these British athletes are all hoping for glory at the Winter Olympics.

These determined young women are among the Team GB delegation that will be representing the nation when the competition starts in Pyeongchang on Friday.

Speaking to FEMAIL, four-time Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott said this it is the most talented Team GB Winter Olympics team that has ever been put together.

She said: 'Historically there has always been one athlete that has been pinpointed for success but this time we have many athletes across a huge number of sports.'

Alcott, who will be part of the BBC's commentating team, said Scottish speed skater Elise Christie, 27, and snowboarder Katie Ormerod, 20, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, were among the athletes set to shine.

Here, FEMAIL introduces some of the British Olympians to watch out for in South Korea...

Rowan Cheshire, 21, Ski Halfpipe

Skiing sensation: Rowan Cheshire, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent, is hopeful for a historic medal

On the slopes: Cheshire first started skiing aged 10 and has since become an international star

Rowan Cheshire, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent, was introduced to skiing aged 10 when her father took her to a local dry ski slope.

Speaking to Vogue.co.uk, Cheshire told how she was left in awe of children doing freestyle skiing so her father enrolled her into a freestyle ski camp.

She now competes for Team GB in the freestyle ski discipline called halfpipe.

The sport sees skiers produce hair-raising tricks off the edge of an icy, steep-walled half cylinder. They have to impress the judges with their tricks that include somersaults, flips, grabs and twists.

Fearless: Cheshire, pictured, burst onto the international scene in 2014, when she became the first British woman to win a halfpipe gold medal at World Cup level at only 18Rowan Cheshire

Airborne: Cheshire at the Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Spain in 2017

Cheshire burst onto the international scene in 2014, when she became the first British woman to win a halfpipe gold medal at World Cup level at only 18.

She was a strong medal contender for the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 but a fall during training just a few days before the competition left her with a concussion and she was forced to retire.

Cheshire worked briefly as a model before focusing on an Olympic return. She now hopes to become the first ever British female to win an Olympic skiing medal.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5353555/Team-GB-athletes-Pyeongchang.html