Donnelly one step away from capping busy year with gold

The incredible balancing act that American teenager Sage Donnelly has been undertaking all year will come to a head in San Juan, Argentina, on Saturday, when she starts favourite in the women’s junior K1 final at the 2017 ICF Freestyle World Championships.

17-year-old Donnelly qualified first for the final with a score of 620, ahead of Great Britain’s Ottilie Robinson-Shaw on 546.67.

“I’m really stoked with my run,” Donnelly said.

“I’m really stoked to have put things together, and San Juan has been amazing and I can’t wait for the finals.

“It’s definitely been especially nerve-wracking this year, because I am coming here to defend my title.”

Donnelly has had a busy 2017, a regular on the canoe slalom circuit, competing in extreme slalom, and somehow squeezing in some freestyle training.

“I’ve been training in slalom all year, so I haven’t been going into freestyle super hard, but I got here a month and a half ago, I’ve been training really hard and just working through all those doubts that I did have and getting more and more confident,” she said.

Donnelly has also had to fit in an education, undertaking an online-college course. She’s been getting A’s and B’s, so it would seem she has been able to get the balance right.

Pics by Peter Holcombe

Sage Donnelly USA Freestyle World Championships San Juan

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