Young ski champ heads for the hills

by Francesca Librae

A BUDDING ski star from Rossendale is jetting off to Geneva after winning first place at the Boys European Indoor Ski Championships.

Kristofer Berki Berglindarson, nine, from Helmshore, scooped the tickets courtesy of airline bmibaby following his impressive victory at
the Chill Factor competition in October.

Kristofer skied to success despite nearly losing his arm just months earlier. The brave young skier underwent several hours of surgery for
an elbow injury that left metal pins in his arm.

“He was off from all sport and skiing for 10 weeks and he only had two weeks to get ready for the championship,” said Kristofer’s mum Hrefna.

“We never thought he would win it in so little time.”

Kristofer moved to the valley from Iceland with his grandmother four years ago and took to the slopes at Ski Rossendale in Rawtenstall.

Despite being unfit to ski for 11 weeks over the summer, Kristofer has still managed to secure 22 skiing awards in the past eight months.

Julian Carr, commercial director of bmibaby, said: “We are delighted that Kristofer won a pair of flights to Geneva at our winning weekend
at Chill Factor. We wish him all the best for the future and will be keeping a close eye on the budding young ski star.”

Kristofer will compete in the BRASC Championships in Austria on New Year’s Eve and hopes to compete in France and Italy at the start of
next year.

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