Ireland's Best Alpine Result At An Olympics
It might surprise you to learn that Ireland don’t have a glittering history at the Winter Olympics - they weren’t represented here until 1992.
FLŌA Athlete and Alpine skier Jack Gower finished 12th overall in the combined, Ireland’s best-ever result in the sport and their second highest finish in any sport at the Winter Games.
Gower switched from competing for Great Britain to Ireland last summer as his late grandmother was raised in Skibbereen.
His father’s cousin is former England cricket captain David Gower, who he knows as ‘Uncle David.’
“Twelfth at the Olympics, I mean that’s crazy – there’s 30,000 competitors in Alpine Skiing, to get twelfth is… what can I say, it’s great,” said Gower.
The Olympic debutant and former world junior champion finished 6.31 seconds behind Austria's winner Johannes Strolz who took gold of Norway's Aleksander Kilde and Canada's James Crawford.
Gower finished 31st in the men's downhill on Monday before crashing out of the Super-G on Tuesday and he has two further events at the Games.