Riley races to slalom silver

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Riley Maze-Brown hit the mountains in fine form this week, coming back from Les Houches, France, with silver around her neck.

The 11-year-old from Newton Longville is used to skiing indoors, but took little time to adapt to the outfoor conditions as she competed in the Interschool Ski Challenge on Monday and Tuesday.

After learning to ski at Snozone with her family aged just four, Riley has gone from strength to strength, competing for Ski MK, mostly on the indoor circuit.

But competing against skiiers who regularly train on mountains, Riley showed her talents by taking seventh in the U12s Giant Slalom on Monday, before taking an excellent second place in the slalom a day later to bring home a silver medal.

“We are really proud of her,” said mum Sophie. “Considering most of her competitors are used to the mountains, it’s really incredible.

“Conditions were terrible on Monday for the Giant Slalom, so to take seventh place was great.

“But to take a medal against some of the others out there shows just how good she is.

“She has taken her medal to school with her to show everyone.”

The Winter Olympics gripped the national last month, and Sophie thinks it has only spurred Riley on to reach the top of the sport.

Sophie added: “It was great for them to actually see the sport they compete in on the television.

“I think it’s something she’d love to take part in.”