Winter Olympics: McKenna's slip harms Britain's prospects

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The Independent Online

One of Great Britain's best medal prospects was eliminated from the Winter Games here yesterday. Lesley McKenna, the world No 9 snowboarder, failed to take her chance in dismal fashion.

McKenna, a 27-year-old Scot, was found wanting in the event, which is making just its second appearance at the Games, as she missed out on the women's half-pipe final. McKenna slipped during her second attempted trick on the first run and fell over on her second stunt, finishing 23rd and last. Her second run was better, but her score of 25.3 could only take her into a final position of 17th.

Glynn Pedersen also failed to qualify for a final, the men's K90 ski-jump. He finished 55th out of 60, with the top 50 going through to the final. The 20-year-old Simon Ammann, of Switzerland, pulled off a surprise to win the event, ahead of the favourites Sven Hannawald of Germany and Adam Malysz of Poland, who finished second and third.