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Katie Summerhayes: ‘It can be dangerous racing Molly down a mountain’

Sisters Katie and Molly Summerhayes are on different sides of the UK Sport funding divide, but both are targeting slopestyle glory in Pyeongchang

One sister is a bona fide medal contender, feted and funded by UK Sport and with sponsorship deals coming out of her ears. The other gets no lottery money at all and works full-time at McDonald’s while chasing her sporting dream. Yet if all goes to plan, Katie Summerhayes and her sister Molly will make history in 60 days’ time when they become only the fourth set of sisters to represent Great Britain at the same Winter Olympics.

The 22-year-old Katie reinforced her impeccable credentials for Pyeongchang by finishing second in a major World Cup event in Stubai, Austria, last month. She specialises in slopestyle, which involves skiing off jumps, rails and on half-pipes and performing as many tricks as possible. Four years ago she finished seventh at the Sochi games, despite having recently recovered from a serious knee injury, and the British team are quietly confident she can make the podium this time round.

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