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Narracott fires on night one of women's skeleton

17 February 2018

SKELETON: Aussie skeleton debutant Jackie Narracott has come out firing on the first night of the 2018 women’s competition recording her fastest time at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.

The 26-year-old showed she means business in her first run, recording a 52.53 best time on the track putting her straight into 15th place.

After six official training runs with mixed results, Narracott said she was stoked to put down her fastest time in run 1.

“Yeah run one was really good,” Narracott said.

“There were still a few tiny little mistakes but overall it was a much better run than some of my training runs – it was a good one to start.”

Despite the quick start, Narracott wasn’t able to put down as speeder run two, with a 52.76 second run leaving her feeling a bit deflated.

“Yeah run two definitely wasn’t as good. I stuffed up corner four so came out too high on five and then again on nine so took a few hits in the chicane. That’s how I dropped on the time.”

Narracott said she’s going to put the slower run behind her as she chases Australia’s best result – a top 10 recorded by Emma Lincoln-Smith at Vancouver 2010.

“I am going to forget about the bad run and take what I can from the good one. I’m just going to try and repeat round one again,” Narracott said as she finished the first night of competition in 16th place.

When asked how she felt about officially becoming an Olympian tonight, following in her uncle Paul footsteps, Narracott said it was still sinking in.

“I haven’t processed the fact that I’m an Olympian yet because we’re still in race mode.

“Right now what just happened in run 2 is still going through my head so it’s still business at the moment.”

Ahead of runs 3 and 4 tomorrow, Narracott will focus on sleeping and recovery as well as prepping her sled for another days competition.

An exciting day all around, Narracott’s partner, Dom Parsons secured Great Britain’s first medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Games with a bronze medal in the men’s skeleton competition.

“That was awesome. His race was incredibly nerve wrecking but it was good to finally see him smiling and get what he wants – that Olympic medal,” Narracott said.

The women’s skeleton competition will continue tomorrow evening as the top 20 women in the world all slide in runs 3 and 4, with one looking to become the 2018 Olympic Champion.

Ashleigh Knight

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