Future star eyes Olympic berth

Thu, 10 Feb 12:35:00 2011

Nick Moynihan has some big boots to fill to live up to his dad's sporting credentials - but ahead of the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival the young skier is not feeling the pressure.

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The 16-year-old will be part of a 15-strong GB team at the Czech Republic-based event next week - used to prepare the next generation of stars for a senior Winter Olympic Games.

However, Nick is far from a pioneer in terms of Olympic Moynihan experience with father Colin having claimed silver at the 1980 Games in Moscow - as cox for the men's eight rowing team.

Add to that the fact that his dad has gone on to become chairman of the British Olympic Association and you'd be forgiven for thinking Moynihan junior would be feeling the pressure.

But Nick insists that couldn't be further from the truth.

"It's always been skiing for me rather than anything else and my dad has been a great help to me and a great motivation," he said.

"I have always loved skiing and there has never been any pressure from my dad, he just supports me.  He gives me absolutely 100 per cent support it's great.

"I was really pleased when I found out that I was going to Liberec because I think it is going to be a great event with all the different teams and people there.

"But I am not setting myself any specific goals, I am just going to go there and see how it goes and hope the results go my way.

"It's more for the experience for me because and I think it will be the same for a lot of the team. 

"The goal is to go to a Winter Olympics one day and hopefully this experience will help."

Moynihan will be a busy boy in Eastern Europe competing in the slalom, giant slalom and the team parallel in the week-long event which kicks off on February 12.

And while not about to make any bold predictions Moynihan believes his recent schedule means he is perfectly prepared for the challenge.

"This past few seasons I have been trying to focus on the slalom and the giant slalom so hopefully it can go well," he added.

"I started off this season recovering from a knee and ankle injury but that is all ok now and so hopefully I can perform well in Liberec."

More than the Games / Eurosport

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