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Summerhayes eases into final

Katie Summerhayes sauntered into the first ever Winter Olympics ski slopestyle final after coming third in Tuesday's qualifiers in Sochi.

The teenager showed no sign of any nerves as she put down two solid runs, looking particularly accomplished on the rail part of the course, to give Britain hope of earning only their second ever medal on snow - 48 hours after Jenny Jones claimed the first in the snowboard equivalent.

Summerhayes carded a very respectable 81.40 first time around, then bettered it to 84.00 in her second run to comfortably finish in the top 12 who qualify for the final, which gets under way at 1300 local time (0900GMT).

Sheffield-born Summerhayes was delighted with her consistency. She said: "That's the best thing because I've seen so many girls be inconsistent - just at every competition, so I'm happy they're kind of the same."

The 18-year-old also revealed she has something up her sleeve for the final.

"Yeah, definitely. I've got something I want to do," she said.

She was at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to see Jones make history on Sunday when the 33-year-old won her bronze medal, and Summerhayes admitted that has spurred her on.

"Watching Jenny's dream come true was pretty special. It was amazing," she added.

"I was her main supporter."

Summerhayes has been given extra reason to be confident in the final after Kaya Turski, the reigning world champion and gold medallist at the Winter X Games last month, failed to qualify for this afternoon's showpiece event.

The American surprisingly finished a lowly 19th out of 22 competitors, while this season's World Cup leader Lisa Zimmerman misses out after finishing14th.

Dara Howell was top of the standings ahead of fellow Canadian Kim Lamarre.