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Women of Sochi – The XWHY Ranking

Talk about Brits with grit – we’ve got some f***ing amazing girls on the squad this year at Sochi, so let’s check ’em out…

Aimee Fuller

Aimee Fuller Sochi Women XWHY Magazine

Age:

22

Discipline:

Snowboard Slopestyle

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This treacle is the media darling of this year’s Sochi 2014, mainly due to her cute little cherubic features. The is her first olympics and, unfortunately, Aimee didn’t make it to the final….BUT credit where credit is due, she’s one of the only women in the world ever to successfully land a double backflip on a snowboard. So it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on her in the years to come.

Trivia:

Much fuss has been made over the snaps of Fuller screaming in delight as fellow team mate Jenny Jones took the bronze. Good sportsmanship, earns her an extra star.

XWHY Rating:

Stars 3

 

 

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold Sochi Women XWHY Magazine

Age:

25

Discipline:

Skeleton

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Is there anything Yarnold can’t do? She started her sporting career as a heptathlete and only actually came to the Skeleton a couple of years ago…and she’s only gone and won Britain a gold.

What’s more, she won by 0.97 of a second, which, if you know anything about Olympic sport, means she might as well have watched a feature film with a bucket of popcorn before any of her competitors made it over the line.

Also, we like her spunk. She doesn’t spout any of the usual “oh, I’m just happy to compete and anything else is a bonus” guff. She’s full on: “I don’t take part in races to come second”! Tells it like it is, mad props.

Trivia:

Her sled’s named Mervyn.

XWHY Rating:

Stars 5

 

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones Sochi Women XWHY

Age:

33

Discipline:

Snowboard Slopestyle

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Predictably, Jones has been slightly overlooked by the media in favour of younger face Aimee Fuller, but this Bristol born lass has a pretty bloody remarkable stack of snowboarding achievements. She won the X Games USA gold in 2009 AND 2010 and the X Games Europe gold in 2011. Plus, lest we forget, she was the first Briton to medal this year at the Sochi games, with a bronze in the snowboarding slopestyle event. Girl’s got serious game.

Trivia:

Since it was revealed that Jones first learnt to board at Mendip Snowsport Centre, in Somerset, the dry slope in question has seen a huge increase in interest, with beginner lessons selling out months in advance.

XWHY Rating:

Stars 4

 

Katie Summerhayes

Katie Summerhayes Sochi Women

Age:

18

Discipline:

Freestyle Skiing

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Jumps and rails like you wouldn’t believe. Sheffield’s Summerhayes, who started skiing at six years-old, was one of the big hopes for British medals. She qualified well, with an 84.00 in her second attempt, and headed to the finals only to come seventh overall, conceding the medals to two Canadians and a Yank. Still, she won the first World Cup skiing medal by a British female in 19 years last season and she’s still young, so let’s watch what she does next…

Trivia:

Her favourite trick is the Switch 720 Mute and she’s a bit in love with the Twilight Saga (which we’ll forgive her for)…

XWHY Rating:

Katie Summerhayes Sochi Women XWHY

Eve Muirhead

Eve Muirhead

Age:

23

Discipline:

Curling

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Well…we’re trying to resist the urge to dock points from Muirhead for taking up a sport that no one understands. It seems, though, that despite a nation of blank faces, Eve has led her team to victory again and again. Just this morning they beat the Canadians to a shot at a medal and they’ll take on the Swiss for the bronze tomorrow. You just scrub those brushes hard as you can Muirhead love (that’s what they do, right?!) and bring us home another bit of jewellery.

Trivia:

Wee Eve enjoys a bit of golf in her spare time. She’s a quiet sort of lass though.

XWHY Rating:

Katie Summerhayes Sochi Women XWHY

 

Giving the other nations a look in – let’s have a quick look at what the rest of the world has to offer in terms of female talent…

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold

Age:

18

Discipline:

Figure Skating

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She’s the American darling – a neat little bundle of vaseline, glitter and pigtails whose just landed her first Sports Illustrated cover (excuse the pun). Don’t be fooled by the aesthetic allure of this miniature Grace Kelly though, girl’s got some serious skill on the ice. She’s pitted against some fierce competition in the form of Russia’s Yulia Lipnitskaya and Korea’s Kim Yuna and it doesn’t look like she’ll take the Gold or Silver…she’ll give them a few butterfly jumps for their money though…

Trivia:

It’s pretty hard when all eyes (including Taylor Swift’s) are on you. Which means all slip ups, including accidental racial slurs, are well documented.

XWHY Rating:

stars 2

 

Jackie Chamoun

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Age:

22

Discipline:

Slalom Skiier

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Well, we couldn’t not put this one in. First of all, she’s obviously a total babe, but also because there’s something to be said for a girl that fights her way to the Olympics in a sport that her country is very much not known for. She won the slalom gold in the 2009 Lebanese National Championships and she made it to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver…granted she came 54th, but we’d still like to see you  try and beat her. She’d leave you eating snowcones in her wake.

Trivia:

If you don’t know this already, you’ve clearly had your head in the sand. One of the many reasons we like Ms Chamoun is because, well, boobs. Not in the salacious way that you’re thinking… but because of this: the scandal and outrage she seems to have caused her Lebanese government for something a simple as taking part in a topless calendar, has prompted one of this year’s most excellent hashtagging exercises. Both the #StripForJackie and #ImNotNaked hastags are now being used in connection with a worldwide show of nudity in support of Jackie’s freedom to bear boob whenever she bloody well pleases. Hear hear.

Jackie Chamoun Stripforjackie

 

And some equally fantastic viral ad campaigns…

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XWHY Rating:

Stars 5

 

Hooray for boobs and bums.

 

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