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Ski star Yasmin is ‘over the moon’ after her national downhill success

Teen ski sensation Yasmin Cooper is all smiles after sealing a national title win.

 

The 19-year-old from Chichester has seen her training take her to all corners of the globe this winter.

 

But all that hard work paid off when she sailed home in first place in the Downhill event of the British National Championships.

 

Yasmin, who took part as an under-21 competitor, was more than half a second quicker than any of her rivals, who included a number of senior racers.

 

The former Chichester High School for Girls pupil followed that up with third place in the Super G.

 

Throw in gold medals in the National Junior Downhill and Super G competitions, as well as fourth in the Giant Slalom, and it was an eventful week in the French Alps for the talented skier.

 

Speaking after the race, she said: “Three years ago I crashed in the Tignes Downhill and said ‘I’m never doing that again’. Today I finished it as the British National Downhill Champion and came first overall. Over the moon is an understatement.”

 

It was an excellent way to round off the 2017 campaign for the skier who still harbours international ambitions

 

Yasmin started out the season in Chile before heading to Canada, where she stayed for more than a month before Christmas.

 

Since the turn of the year, much of the winter was spent in Europe with competitions across Italy, Switzerland and France.

 

She remains in the Alps at the moment, finishing off the national competitions before returning to Chichester for the summer.

 

Writing on her Facebook page before the National Championships, Yasmin wrote: “The 2018 Winter Season has been going really well for me! After my trip to Canada competing in North

 

American Cups I have been based in Aosta, Italy, with the British Ski Academy focusing on my training and racing.

 

“Since January, I have achieved PBs in Alpine Combined, Super G, Downhill and Slalom, as well as winning the Overall English Super G Title and getting three overall podiums in Super G this season.”

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