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Features Friday, 8 February, 2002, 23:27 GMT
Pedersen waits on new kit
Britain's Glynn Pedersen in action
A new suit would help Pedersen's aero-dynamics
By BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson at Utah Olympic Park

The postponement of the first event of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the K90 ski jump qualification, may have been a huge disappointment for the spectators and organisers - but it worked in British hopeful Glynn Pedersen's favour.

Pedersen had been waiting for a new ski suit to arrive and if the event had gone ahead as planned he may have had to wear his old one.

The new suit has had to have International Olympic Committee tests to make sure it did not have any illegal gadgets, such as a rocket launcher, sewn in!

But, according to Pedersen's coach, Jeremy Baig, it will help the 20-year-old go a little further as he attempts to make the final.

It was blowing a gale - I fully expected qualification to be cancelled

Glynn Pedersen
Baig told BBC Sport Online: "Ski suits get stretched and so much air passes through them that it was important for Glynn to have a new one to give him that extra boost.

"It only arrived last night and we had to get it legalised.

"If the event had gone ahead as scheduled it would have been a close call whether Glynn would have been able to wear his new suit."

Pedersen is attempting to become the first Briton to qualify for an Olympic ski jump final.

He said: "It was blowing a gale in the Olympic Village this morning so I was fully expecting the qualification to be cancelled.

"It is not uncommon and has not unsettled my plans."

Qualification will now take place on Sunday at 1515 GMT (0815 local), with the final going ahead immediately afterwards.

There are 75 ski jumpers from around the world aiming to qualify.

Only the top 50 will be successful.

Pedersen finished 50th in his first official training day and 58th in his second.

Baig added: "Glynn is doing really well and is just enjoying being here.

"He is soaking up the atmosphere in the Olympic Village and is really relaxed."

BBC Sport Online's Anna Thompson

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