OM Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon competes at Pyeongchang 2018

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    OM Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon (centre) competed in two freestyle skiing events

Former Millfield pupil Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon (2011-2013; Walton) has returned from his first Winter Olympics after competing for Team GB in the freestyle skiing events in Pyeongchang. At the games, Alexander battled injury to finish 24th in his first qualifying run and 26th in his second qualifying run.

While at Millfield, Alexander took part in both the Ski and Art programmes, fondly remembering spending days in the art studios and working with the Head of Skiing, Mr Smith. Alexander says that Millfield helped him grow to become a more well-rounded person and that he is still in touch with many of his friends from school. After he left, Alexander took a gap year to pursue skiing, and started a fashion label with two of his friends from school called ‘Saint Valais’. He then enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA, where he is currently studying Graphic and Fashion Design.

Alexander qualified two years ago and had been preparing for the games by mentally and physically training for his events almost every day. Unfortunately, during his training he suffered an injury to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), but showed great spirit by continuing to train to compete at the games in South Korea in February. When he arrived in Pyeongchang, Alexander said the camaraderie between Team GB reminded him of the atmosphere at Millfield, where everyone wore matching kit and cheered each other on.

When it came time to compete, Alexander unfortunately fell on his first run and fractured his collarbone. Showing true resilience, he continued with his second run, but further injured his collarbone. Despite the injuries, Alexander finished both of his races and is very positive about his experience at the games. He said, “Although my race didn’t go as planned, I believe that I can take a lot from this experience and it will help me grow as an athlete and as a person.”

Now that Alexander has finished competing, he will be allowing his body to heal and is focusing on graduating from university. He also plans to continue competing on the World Cup ski circuit, and hopes to go to the Beijing Olympics in 2022 and bring home a medal.