The Olympic Federation of Ireland has named a two-person team for the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 9-16 February in the Olympic host city Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.
Colorado-based Elle Murphy and Massachusetts-born Matt Ryan both compete in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom, with racing for both Irish teammembers taking place from Monday 11th – Thursday 14th February.
Speaking ahead of the EYOF, Murphy spoke about spending weekends as a three-year-old in the mountains with her family:
“Skiing is part of my life and representing Ireland under the Olympic flag is by far every Irish athlete’s dream. It will be a product of all my hard work, commitment and sacrifice. I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony, it’s a unique experience to be surrounded by so many other athletes that have the same passion for their sport and country – it will be amazing.”
USA-native Matt Ryan was also introduced to skiing at a very young age, spending weekends in the mountains with his Irish-born parents:
“I feel honoured to have been chosen to represent Ireland at the EYOF. I’m really looking forward to competing against the top Europeans of my own age, watching the other sports, staying in the Olympic Village and experiencing the whole event.”
The EYOF is a biennial multi-sport event for youth athletes across the 50 European member countries of the European Olympic Committees and is a key stepping stone for athletes on their Olympic journey, wih eight sports on the programme.
Elle Murphy’s schedule:
Mon 11th Feb 9am Irish Time – Giant Slalom
Wed 13th Feb 19am Irish Time – Slalom
Matt Ryan’s schedule:
Tues 12th Feb 9am Irish Time – Giant Slalom
Thurs 14th 9am Irish Time – Slalom