Emma Lonsdale

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Emma Lonsdale
Personal information
Born (1984-04-24) 24 April 1984 (age 39)
Langcliffe, North Yorkshire, England
EducationSettle High School
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10.9 st)
CountryGreat Britain
SportFreestyle skiing
ClubGB Freeski team
Coached byPat Sharples
Jamie Matthew
Updated on 19 February 2014.

Emma Lonsdale (born 24 April 1984) is a freestyle skier who competes in the halfpipe. Her Olympics debut was at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, competing for Team GB.

Early life and education[edit]

Emma Lonsdale was born on 24 April 1984 in Langcliffe, Settle, North Yorkshire, England.[2] Lonsdale began skiing at the age of 2, and soon became amongst the members of the Kendal Snowsports club.[2] Her secondary school was Settle High School.[3] She (in addition to the majority of the GB skiing team) learned how to ski on Snowflex, which has led to the team being called the "fridge kids".[4][5]

Skiing career[edit]

Lonsdale competed in alpine skiing for 16 years.[2] However, she switched sports to freestyle skiing, where she trialled several disciplines:[2] mogul, aerial, and skiercross.[1] She eventually decided to participate in halfpipe skiing.[2] At the 2008 X Games, Lonsdale finished in ninth place in halfpipe, and at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 she finished in 11th place.[1] She has won the halfpipe at the British Championships every year from 2003 to 2011.[1]

She has also worked as a lifeguard.[6]


Lonsdale's debut in the Olympics was the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where she competed at the halfpipe for Team GB.[2] She was confirmed as in the squad in late January.[7] Her first action is in the qualifying round on 20 February 2014.[8] Her aim is to win a medal.[9] At the Olympics, she was due to compete with Rowan Cheshire, James Machon and Murray Buchan,[7] but Cheshire was forced to withdraw due to an accident in training at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, leaving Lonsdale as Britain's only competitor in the women's halfpipe.[4] Lonsdale is due to compete using Whitedot skis.[10]


Lonsdale's brother Ben also skis, with the Royal Air Force.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Emma Lonsdale". GB Freeski. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Emma Lonsdale". Team GB. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Langcliffe skier Emma Lonsdale to compete in Winter Olympics". The Craven Herald & Pioneer. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b McLean, Ross (19 February 2014). "'Make Britain Proud': Settle-born halfpipe skier Emma Lonsdale talks exclusively from Sochi ahead of Winter Olympic spotlight". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  5. ^ Thorne, Patrick (4 February 2014). "Team GB Athletes Credit Dry Slopes For Olympic Team Places". In The Snow. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Emma Lonsdale". Sochi.ru. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  7. ^ a b McLean, Ross (30 January 2014). "Hectic seven days for Winter Olympian Emma Lonsdale as Sochi adventure draws near". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification". Sochi.ru. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  9. ^ McLean, Ross (5 February 2014). "Winter Olympian Emma Lonsdale talks up Great Britain's medal prospects as Games draw ever closer". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ Campbell, Scott (6 February 2014). "British ski manufacturer Whitedot in spotlight at Winter Olympics". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 February 2014.