No final but Murray Buchan still ‘over the moon’

Murray Buchan competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia.  Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Murray Buchan competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
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FREESTYLE Skier Murray Buchan has vowed to return to the Winter Olympics ‘even stronger’ after missing out on the final of the Men’s Halfpipe event in Sochi.

Two good runs from the Edinburgh skier, who first trained on the artificial surfaces of Hillend, were not enough to get him into the top 12 of the competition and earn himself a shot at a medal.

He finished in 17th place with a score of 62.40, just 9.60 points behind the qualifying mark.

Fellow Team GB skier James Machon, who did well to reach the games after recovering from a back injury, finished in 23rd place.

After the event Murray was upbeat about his performance and admitted he was already looking to the next Winter Olympics.

“I’m over the moon, it was the first time I’ve landed a double and it felt amazing,” he said.

“It wasn’t enough for the final which I’m disappointed about but I’ll be back and hopefully even stronger in four years’ time at the next Olympics.”