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WATCH: Olympic defeat for an ex-student from Cornwall

WATCH: Olympic defeat for an ex-student from Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:23am 21st February 2018. (Updated at 9:13am 21st February 2018)

A young man from Cornwall who landed a spot on Team GB for the Winter Olympics has missed out on a place in the finals.

Snowboarder Rowan Coultas, who studied at Mount's Bay Academy in Penzance, finished 17th in the Big Air.

Just in case you were wondering, the event sees riders perform spectacular gymnastics tricks after launching off a massive ramp.

At 20-years-old, Rowan was the youngest member of the men's snowboarding team in Pyeongchang.

Fellow Brit Jamie Nicholls also crashed out, but Billy Morgan has secured a place in the finals, after finishing in 7th place.

With a total lack of snow in Cornwall, Rowan and his family had to move to Austria so his could take his sporting talents to the next level.

Despite missing out, his achievements are pretty impressive after he took to the world stage less than a decade after his first lesson.

Rowan even carried on his studies with Mounts Bay Academy via a special distance learning programme.

rowan coultas

Grandfather Tony Bird said: "We will always be grateful to Mrs Davey and all the teachers who did so much to help Rowan achieve his dreams.

"It is hard enough to support a young lad from Cornwall to be able compete as a world class athlete, with all the difficulties that entails without having to worry about his education.

"Mounts Bay never pressured us to make him work harder than he was able to and were always there when we needed them".

Watch Rowan in training...

Sara Davey, academy principal, added: "It is our privilege as educators to be able to help young people to be their best.

"Rowan has always been an excellent ambassador for the school and was a pleasure to have on campus when he was in Cornwall.

"It is so difficult for young athletes to train, compete and find the money to travel the world in search of their dreams.

"We are proud to have been a small part in his success and we hope he enjoys the amazing experience the Olympics will offer".

Rowan now lives near Padstow when not training in Mayrhoffen, Austria or competing in competitions worldwide.

This video shows just how talented Rowan is...

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