We’re pleased to be able to announce that Iain Innes, the talented 17-year-old ski racer from Edinburgh sponsored by the Mackay Clinic, has been selected to go to the Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway from 12-20 February. Given that Team GB are only sending one male alpine skier and one female alpine skier, for Iain to have been selected is a tremendous honour.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been picked,” said Iain, who cites this as an even bigger achievement than representing Britain for the past five years. “Taking part in these games was a big personal ambition and I have worked very hard to achieve this. I am so pleased, but realise it’s just another step on the journey and I need to keep working hard and focus on my development.”
Above: Iain Innes
Iain will compete in the slalom, giant slalom, super-giant slalom and alpine combined event. His first event will be on Saturday 13 February at the Hafjell ski resort just outside Lillehammer, when he races in the high speed “Super G” event where speeds in excess of 65mph are expected. Iain will be coached by Edinburgh’s Finlay Mickel, who raced at the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 and secured a best ever result for a British athlete in the 2005 World Championships, coming 11th in the Downhill event in Bormio, Italy.
Iain has had international medal success while competing for Britain previously at the Andorra Trofeu Borrufa races, but after securing a solid set of Highers in the summer, this is Iain’s first full-time season of ski racing. Based in the French Alps where he trains with the predominantly French race group Orasatus, he has already competed in 14 races across Sweden, France and Switzerland this year, and has managed to improve his rankings in slalom with three Personal Best results. His main focus this year is to work on his consistency so that each race includes two full error-free runs.
After a difficult Christmas and New Year period in which the lack of snow and big crowds made it difficult to access any piste on which to train or race, Iain’s season is progressing well. “At this point in the season, I feel that I’m on track to achieve the goals I have set,” he said. “You have been a big part in helping me get this far. I thank you again for your continued support and look forward to bringing you more news in a few weeks!”