Published: 02/03/2018 10:24 - Updated: 02/03/2018 10:55

McKenna wants Cairngorms to be part of Olympic success


GB snowsports coach Lesley McKenna at the Winter Olympics (Photo: Aimee Fuller)
GB snowsports coach Lesley McKenna at the Winter Olympics (Photo: Aimee Fuller)


Aviemore snowboard ace Lesley McKenna is dreaming of a new golden era for snowsports – and hopes that athletes from the strath can be at the vanguard.

The 44-year-old oversaw her own team contribute two bronze medals and three top 10 breakthroughs to GB’s record five-medal haul at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea,

It was a record-breaking performance by the Brits but McKenna is keen that there is a lot more to follow in her role as the GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager.

Her ‘Radical Gains’ approach has been instrumental in Billy Morgan becoming just the second British snowboarder to win an Olympic medal after earning bronze in the inaugural men’s big air at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.

While Izzy Atkin carved herself a slice of British Olympic history by claiming a bronze medal in the ladies’ ski slopestyle at Phoenix Snow Park.

McKenna told the Strathy: "It was a fantastic Winter Olympics and we now have the great opportunity now to take things to another level.

"We are in a great position to create our own Copper Mountain – there’s no reason why it can’t work here."

She was referring to Woodward Copper action sports training ground in Colorado. The centre offers some of the "absolute best" facilities in the world.

McKenna said the complex boasts "the best staff, radical training ideas, and an intensive training program unmatched anywhere in the world".

She commented: "We have the potential to do that here, by radically improving our on-snow and off-snow facilities. That really would be the legacy of these Olympic successes."

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