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Speelman shows paces

Sive Speelman ended 35th in the men’s giant slalom at the Winter Youth Olympics in Austria on Thursday, his best result of the competition to date, writes Mark Etheridge.

The young Eastern Cape skier was competing in his third event at these, the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics and being hosted by Innsbruck.

Speelman clocked 1min 08.96sec for his first run and improved that to 1:03.25 on his second time out.

That gave the 16-year-old a combined time of 2:12.21 for the competition. It was 20.51sec down on the winning time set by Austria’s Marco Schwarz (1:51.70).

A total of 64 competitors lined up for the event which started in a temperature of six degrees Celcius on a course featuring a 320-metre drop in altitude.

Of the starters, 15 competitors failed to finish Run One and a further eight didn’t make it in Run Two. One competitor was disqualified in each of the runs.

Saturday sees Speelman, our sole competitor at these Games, competing in the men’s slalom as the competition comes to a close.