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Maxine Hancock takes second in first mountain slalom

Rugby Editorial 18th Feb, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

WINTER Olympic hopeful Maxine Hancock demonstrated her potential by finished second in her age group in what was her first mountain slalom ski race.

The Rugby High School student, who finished her indoor season last year by winning the under-18 female class of the British Alpine Indoor Championship in Manchester, travelled to Scotland to take part in the Glenshee Winter Games from February 7-8.

The 17-year-old finished second in the under-18 category on Saturday and followed that up with a third-place finish on Sunday at the British Alpine Seeding System (BASS) registered event.

The course was approximately four times longer than any of the indoor races and far steeper than what Hancock is normally accustomed to. The weather played its part too on both days.

Despite opening with sunny, clear conditions, the wind picked up late into the morning just before each of Hancocks runs.

And on Saturday she had to deal with overcast conditions which made skiing conditions difficult.

Hancock has been skiing since the tender age of four and went on to become a member of the Midland Ski Club in Birmingham.

She has been racing competitively since she was nine and has hopes of competing in FIS World Cup races and the Olympics.

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