ARBROATH alpine skier Natalie Beattie might have helped bring the curtain down on Team GB’s European Youth Olympic Winter Festival but insists her own Olympic story is only just beginning.
The 16-year-old was in action on the Liberec slopes three times during the week-long competition and kicked things off in style with a time of 1:44.73 minutes in the giant slalom to finish 23rd.
But the Arbroath Ski Club member failed to repeat her success in the slalom just 48 hours later, crashing out during her first run.
However she dusted herself off for Great Britain’s swansong, the team parallel giant slalom, and was one quarter of the squad that beat Georgia 4-0 in the first round before seeing the scoreline reversed when facing Germany in the next stage.
And after experiencing her first Olympic event Natalie (pictured) admits to having caught the bug and is already setting her sights on future international adventures.
“The team race was a lot of fun and it was a great way to end a really good week with everyone together,” she said.
“It was fantastic to win our first race against Georgia so comfortably and it is just nice for everyone to get that winning feeling during this trip.
“The Germans unfortunately were just too good for us and they had a strong team so they deserved the win in the end.
“The whole Liberec experience has been great and it has been a bit of an eye-opener as to all the European competition but if anything it has just made me want it more.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my trip and think I have learnt a lot about myself so I can’t wait for the next big competition and see how much I have improved from the festival.”
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