Terrified Norfolk downhill rookie Megan Jenkins turns tears to triumph in France

Local skier Megan Jenkins has been named in the British ski & snowboard U18 Alpine Squad. Photo: Bil

Local skier Megan Jenkins has been named in the British ski & snowboard U18 Alpine Squad. Photo: Bill Smith

Norfolk's Megan Jenkins not only conquered her fears but clinched a shock silver at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships after proving a natural in her first-ever downhill race.

The discipline proved another high-octane event in Tignes after the thrills and spills of the 'Super-G'.

Jenkins, 17, failed to finish either of her Super-G runs and was daunted by the prospect of tackling the downhill – a discipline in which she is admittedly untested.

However, the Surlingham skier exceeded all expectations to finish in second place in the British national overall category, clocking in with a time of 1:20.30 minutes.

That was good enough to beat Darcie Mead into third – who clinched British national and junior Super-G golds on Monday – with only Cara Brown, the overall British winner from last year's championships, ahead of her.

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And a delighted Jenkins, who trains at Norfolk Snowsport Club in Trowse, said: 'I was petrified before the race – I was in tears in the start gate before I went down in the first run. That was my first-ever downhill and it went a lot better than I thought it was going to be, my team-mates had been saying it's easier than the Super-G and they're actually right.

'You have a lot more time to think. I'm really surprised about finishing in between Cara and Darcie, they're both really good skiers and they attacked it well.

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'Especially because I was so scared I thought coming into the race I'd hold back a bit more, but I gained confidence from the first run and it was a lot better.'

Following the success of the Great Britain team at Sochi 2014 and with the support of Snowsport England's national campaign 'Go Ski Go Board' (GSGB), it has been a tremendous year for British winter sports.

GSGB started in September 2013 and more than 40,000 new people had taken at least one taster or coaching session through the campaign by the end of last year.

The championships are now in full flow and Jenkins says she'll also need to punch above her weight for the technical events, the slalom and giant slalom, that are still to come.

She added: 'Technical events aren't going as well as speed at the moment, but thankfully we've got a day off on Wednesday so I'll be training hard. Because I've just had two runs in the downhill, I've received points which will give me a better start in it for next season without starting from the back.'

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