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History graduate makes Winter Olympics team

(25 January 2018)

A freestyle skier who graduated in history from The University of Manchester last year has been selected by team GB to compete in next month’s Winter Olympics.

Peter Speight will compete in the halfpipe competition - when competitors perform a series of death-defying tricks while skiing down a steep slope scooped out of the snow.

Peter, who was supported by The University of Manchester Sports Scholar scheme, juggled his study with training and competing around the world as a full time athlete for Great Britain. He was awarded the University’s Sportsman of the Year in 2016 and has been achieving top 20 finishes all year, and attained his best ever result in China last month, finishing fourth.
Peter said: “I am absolutely delighted to have qualified which has capped off an amazing season; my best and busiest yet.

“In 2013, I made the British team, debuted in my first finals at an international competition and really moved up in my sport. This was also my first year at The University of Manchester and the Sport Department was really helpful, helping me to juggle my studies and competing.
“I’d like to thank the Sport and History Departments for all they have done to help me compete at the highest level.”
Dr Max Jones, one of his lecturers from the History Department, said: “We’re delighted Peter has been given the chance to show the world just what he’s capable of and wish him the best of luck in the competition. His ability to balance his studies and gruelling training schedule are testament to his commitment to his sport and passion to excel in everything that he does. We are extremely proud of him: he’s is a great role model for our students.” 

Photo of Peter Speight