Lloyd Wallace

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Lloyd Wallace
Personal information
National teamTeam GB (Great Britain)
CitizenshipBritish
Born (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 23)
Sport
Country Great Britain
SportFreestyle skiing
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2018

Lloyd Wallace (born 13 February 1995)[1] is a British freestyle skier who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Career[edit]

Wallace was a gymnast, before switching to aerial skiing at the age of 14, after a family skiing holiday in Tignes, France. He won a bronze medal at the 2015 FIS Junior freestyle skiing championships.[2][3] In August 2017 whilst Wallace was training in Mettmenstetten, Switzerland, he had an accident which left him unconscious. He was then put in an induced coma. Wallace later said that the accident was caused by hitting the edge of a ramp.[4][5] Wallace recovered at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, and returned to training two months after the accident.[4][2] Wallace competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He was the first British aerial skier to compete at the Olympics since Kevin Harbut in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.[6] He finished 20th in the event.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Wallace's mother Jilly (née Curry) competed at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, and won 29 FIS World Cup medals, which is more than any other British skier or snowboarder. Wallace's father Robin competed for Great Britain at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.[2][5][8] Wallace graduated from the University of Bath in July 2017.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter Olympics 2018: Great Britain's team for Pyeongchang". BBC Sport. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Ingle, Sean (7 November 2017). "Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace: 'The first thing I remember was waking up in hospital'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ Bell, Graham (7 November 2017). "Meet the 22-year-old skier with the chance of an Olympic medal in a forgotten Winter sport". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Chapman, Caroline (1 November 2017). "Winter Olympics 2018: GB skier Lloyd Wallace back in training two months after coma". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Dean, Sam (7 November 2017). "British aerial skier Lloyd Wallace soars towards Pyeongchang after horror crash that left him in a coma". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ Roxrode, Joe (13 February 2018). "Skier Lloyd Wallace's journey from coma to history at Pyeongchang Games". USA Today.
  7. ^ "Semley aerials skier Lloyd Wallace finishes 20th at Winter Olympics". Wiltshire Times. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ Abbott, Harry (25 January 2018). "Semley aerials skier Lloyd Wallace going to Winter Olympics". Salisbury Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.