Olympic heart­break again for skier Pam

East Kilbride News - - THE BACK PAGE - Paul Thom­son

Strathaven skier Pam Thor­burn has been left heart­bro­ken af­ter miss­ing out on the Win­ter Olympics for a third time.

The 31-year-old claims she has been snubbed by Team GB – de­spite the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee of­fer­ing her a spot to com­pete in South Korea this week.

It’s been a dif­fi­cult year for Pam, with in­jury and ill­ness ham­per­ing her at­tempts to make the Games in Pyeongchang. She did not make the Br­tish qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria as a re­sult, but was still of­fered a spot to com­pete as one of the world’s top 32 ath­letes.

Her dis­ap­point­ment is made all the more painful af­ter two pre­vi­ous bids also hit the buf­fers.

She was de­nied a spot at Van­cou­ver 2010 in the alpine sec­tion when she made the Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion stan­dard, but Snows­port GB, who funded the ath­letes, went bust and Pam was un­able to com­pete.

Pam soon switched dis­ci­plines to ski-cross and four years later in Sochi she missed out when Britain took a 56-strong squad to Rus­sia but

chose not to se­lect any ski-cross com­peti­tors.

And in an emo­tional post on her In­sta­gram page, Pam ex­plained to her fol­low­ers she had, once again, been de­nied the chance to re­alise a life­long dream.

Pam said:“I can’t be­lieve I’m writ­ing this. Every fi­bre of my be­ing be­lieved I would be rep­re­sent­ing Team GB at the Olympic Games in Korea.

“I know I will find some strength from this, but right now all I can feel is com­pletely heart­bro­ken.

“Team GB will be of­fered a spot from the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for me to com­pete as one of the top-32 ladies in the world but will turn this spot down. I didn’t meet the Bri­tish set cri­te­ria this year, even be­ing ranked within those top girls in the world.

“This Olympic qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod has just not been on my side. A lot of can­celled races due to weather, and crash­ing, in­jur­ing my shoul­der again be­fore Christ­mas when I fin­ished that race one place away from qual­i­fy­ing... even with the crash.

“Get­ting floored with the worst sick­ness I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced took me out for the first races of the year, and my shoul­der in­jury meant I just couldn’t safely start the last race.

“I feel like I’ve not just let my­self down, but all of my sup­port­ers too. I did ev­ery­thing I could, my bro­ken body just couldn’t take the strain. I wish mas­sive luck to all of @teamgb. Con­grats guys and en­joy, I’ll be cheer­ing!”

A BOA spokesper­son said: “Un­for­tu­nately Pam did not make the Bri­tish Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion and Bri­tish Ski and Snow­board’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria for PyeongChang 2018.

“We wish her well in fu­ture com­pe­ti­tion.”

‘Snubbed’ Pam Thor­burn

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