Halfpipe skier Emma Lonsdale fulfils Olympic dream but falls short of final - before announcing her retirement

The Westmorland Gazette: Emma Lonsdale in action in Sochi Emma Lonsdale in action in Sochi

FREESTYLE skier Emma Lonsdale fulfilled her Olympic dream today but despite two strong runs in halfpipe qualification fell short of making the finals.

Settle-born Lonsdale – a member of Kendal Snowsports Club – recorded scores of 53.80 and 53.20 to finish 18th which was not enough to make the top 12.

"It was fun, a bit nerve-wracking but I enjoyed it and hope my family are proud of me," Lonsdale told the BBC.

Lonsdale went on to announce her retirement from the sport.

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