X Games Gold for GB’s Zoe Atkin + 2 Bronze Medals for Kirsty Muir


“X Games bronze!!!! Insane level of skiing tonight from everyone!!” Kirsty said.

“So stoked to be a part of it!!! Landed my first ever 1620! Stoked to share the podium with Megan with the first women’s triple!🤯 and Tess Ledeux  absolute legend! Best night ever!

“Thank you to everyone for all your support ❤️❤️ Dream come true.”

Kirsty Muir (right) bronze ski big air 2023 © Jamie Schwaberow X Games

Mia Brookes, who’s just turned 16 and was competing in her first X Games, finished an impressive 6th in the snowboard slopestyle.

In our preview of the event below, we looked at the talents of the two teenagers, Kirsty and Mia, GB’s newest snowsports superstars.


They are two of Great Britain’s most exciting young snowsports talents and they are about to showcase their talents at the world’s most prestigious freestyle competition.  Mia Brookes, who has just turned 16, and Kirsty Muir, 18, have been invited to the X Games, Aspen.

If you’ve seen them for yourself, you’ll know just how good these teenagers are.

If not, then their results will provide the answer.

Kirsty Muir, who’s from Aberdeen, made it onto the World Cup podium in ski slopestyle in March 2021 with a silver medal. She was 16.

Before that she was a Youth Olympics silver medallist in Big Air and a two-time Junior World Championships medallist.

She was the youngest Team GB athlete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and made the finals in both slopestyle and big air.

Kirsty Muir, Ski Big Air 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – photo © Team GB/Sam Mellish

This season, she’s been in the top 10 in all three of her World Cup competitions.

She is now a Red Bull sponsored athlete, something very, very few achieve in their careers.

Kirsty Muir. Image © Jamie Matthew

She recently made the cover of the UK edition of Red Bull’s magazine, The Red Bulletin.

They called her the ‘Fresh Princess of Big Air’.

Kirsty Muir competing this season. Image © Ben Kinnear

Mia Brookes has exploded onto the elite snowsports scene this year.

A couple of days after celebrating her 16th birthday earlier this month, she came second in the snowboard slopestyle World Cup in Laax, Switzerland.

Mia was too young to compete at the Beijing Olympics and made her debut in the World Cup this season.

Laax was only her third World Cup competition.

In the other two she came 5th and 9th.

Mia Brookes competing this season. Image © Ben Kinnear

In March 2022 at the Junior World Championships Mia won in big air and came second in slopestyle.

Last season she was the FIS Europa Cup overall champion (one level down from the World Cup) and took the World Rookie Tour title.

The X Games is a limited, invitation-only event and getting an invite is seen as a great honour granted to only the very best.

When Mia got the call-up for her X Games debut, she was still only 15 but had impressed the organisers by stomping a CAB 1260 at The Nines in April 2022.

It will be Kirsty’s second consecutive year at the X Games.

Last season, she was invited as an alternate – a reserve to sit on the subs bench ready to go into action if someone dropped out.

She got her opportunity when Giulia Tanno was injured in practice.

She finished 5th in ski slopestyle.

At PlanetSKI we would like to say we ‘discovered’ Kirsty and Mia years ago but, of course, it’s the GB park & pipe crew who get the credit for that.

We were, however, well aware of their talent from our regular visits to the BRITS – the British Snowboard & Freeski Championships – where Kirsty and Mia were winning at the expense of older, more experienced competitors.

In 2018, when Mia was 11 and Kirsty 13, we spoke to them, their parents and their coaches at the BRITS.

Mia Brookes aged 11 & Kirsty Muir aged 13 at the BRITS in April 2028. Image © PlanetSKI

Soon after we spoke to them, Kirsty was awarded the Spirit of Sarah Scholarship, in memory of the late Sarah Burke, giving her a place at a summer training camp in Whistler, Canada.

She reported for PlanetSKI on the experience:

We can’t wait to see what Kirsty and Mia can do at the X Games 2023 and beyond.

Kirsty competes in ski big air. Mia goes in snowboard slopestyle.

Both are real prospects for the podium.

We should also mention the third British athlete to be invited to the X Games.

Zoe Atkin is on the start list for the women’s ski superpipe.

The 20-year-old is a relative veteran, having appeared at three X Games, making the top 5 in all of them.

Good luck to them all.

The 2023 X Games Aspen begin on Friday 24th January.

More information, including the schedule and how to watch can be found on the X Games website.

Meanwhile, there have been lots of medals for GB athletes in the past week.

Check out January’s Ski News in Brief  for more news.

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