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Ski ace Yasmin’s Olympic hopes boosted with winning end to year

Teenage ski ace Yasmin Cooper has her sights set on a Winter Olympic dream as she ended 2016 on a high.


The 17-year-old exceeded all expectations in the last 12 months, kicking off the year representing Great Britain at the Youth Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer.


Yasmin finished 13th in the super combined – the best result achieved in alpine skiing by any British athlete in the competition.


That was followed by nine trophies at the 2016 British National Championships, which included the overall Junior British title and U18 and U21 British Downhill titles.


A trip for a summer ‘winter camp’ to Chile followed before a return to The Alps for the European season.


The year was rounded off just a few days before Christmas when the Chichester sixth form student secured an international FIS win, as well as two personal bests in northern Italy. Speaking at the end of the 2016 season, Yasmin said: “This season has taught me a lot about myself and what standards I have come to expect of myself.


“I realised, especially with the downhill, that if I put my mind to it, and go in with a clear and unhindered view, then I will achieve what I want to achieve.”


With Yasmin now back on the slopes, she has her sights set on more success.


A major objective is to lower her FIS points across all disciplines and retain any British titles in 2017.


The teenager also hopes to compete in the Junior World Championships in Sweden, and will strive towards her goal of competing in the Senior Olympics in PyeongChang 2018.


The overall goal, however, remains the Beijing Olympics 2022 – something she could barely have dreamt of when she started skiing aged six in Chamonix, France.


After developing her skills at Southampton dry slope, she progressed to Indoor Circuit Races and then Alpine Ski Racing, where she began training with The British Ski Academy.


Now she’s flying the flag for her country, regularly competing against the best in the world in her age group.

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