Medals galore

Medals galore

Olivia Mitchell has returned from a successful winter skiing season in the Alps with eight medals.

Her first race of the season was at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy, picking up a silver medal.

The ten-year-old, Junior School pupil, then spent a week with the English Schools Junior Ski squad in Austria, winning silver at both Slalom and Giant Slalom – earning her gold overall.

Gloucester-based Olivia, than swapped Austria for Les Houches, in France, competing for her school at the Inter Schools Ski Championships where she won two silver medals. Olivia's final race of the season was in Meribel, France, at the British Alpine Championships. After the first two runs, she was in first place only to be beaten by a Polish girl on the third run. Despite the last-gasp setback Olivia was named Top British Racer of the Year.

She also competed in a ski-cross race while in Meribel –  a new event for her this year – and she picked up a silver and placed top British girl racer.

This is just the latest success for Olivia who claimed her second consecutive title at the All England Ski Championships in Norwich last year.

She started skiing when she was two-years-old chasing her older brother Fraser down the slopes.

Olivia trains twice a week at the Gloucester ski slope and competes nationally across the UK during the summer and on snow in Europe during the winter. She was also first in the British Alpine Championships in 2010.

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