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Yasmin Cooper

Yas is part of the British Ski and Snowboard Delancey Alpine Squad after working her way though the UK racing calendar (often seen a-top podiums along the way). It all started for her on the South Coast when she was 8 years old and she's aiming for Winter Youth Olympic qualification this year. We caught up with her with a few questions...

Hometown: Chichester, West Sussex

Discipline: Alpine Ski Racing

1. How and where did you get into snow sports?

I first got into Alpine Skiing on a family holiday when I was 6 in Le Tour. It was so much fun and I loved every second of it. When I was 8, I decided to try racing and began training at Southampton dryslope once a week, twice a week and then sometimes three times a week. I started competing in regional races from the age of nine and spent most of my weekends on a dryslope. It was great fun and I made so many friends.

2) What do you love about skiing and snowboarding?

I love so many things about skiing, from the rush of adrenaline, to the feeling of making a perfect turn, and then getting to the bottom of a run after pushing my limits and knowing that I tried my very hardest and did well.

3) Where is the best place that skiing or snowboarding has taken you to and why?

I really like Tignes because there are so many runs available for you to explore! Although in November and December I will be travelling to Panorama, Canada and I am sure that this will bring so many more skiing opportunities.

4) What are your plans and goals for the upcoming year?

I will be based in Radstadt, Austria for the upcoming season and I am hoping to compete in as many FIS races as possible where I can represent British Ski and Snowboard and Snowsport England. But I would also love to qualify this year for the Winter Youth Olympics and the Junior World Champs. These are some of my more major goals and it would be amazing to represent there.

5) Finally…what advice would you give to someone trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time?"

No sport is easy to start off with, and skiing is just the same. Your coach is your guide and will give you all the support and advice they possibly can to help you enjoy the sport. It can be frustrating at times but the end results are fantastic.

Website: www.yasmincooper.co.uk
Instagram: @yascooperx
Twitter: @YasCooper

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