Tess Arbez

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Tess Arbez in action during the Slalom. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Team Ireland skiiers Tess Arbez and Patrick McMillan built on their Winter Olympics debuts with improved performances in Pyeongchang on Friday. Arbez(...)

Tess Arbez finished 50th in the women’s Giant Slalom. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

After their Winter Olympics debuts were put on ice due to bad weather, Team Ireland's Tess Arbez and Patrick McMillan finally made their Pyeongch(...)

A steward works in the snow after the cancellation of the Women’s Giant Slalom race. Photograph: Guillame Horcajuelo/EPA

Tess Arbez is the latest Irish athlete to have their Winter Olympics debut put on hold after Monday’s Giant Slalom was postponed due to the weather. (...)

Irish cross-skier Thomas Westgaard during the 30km event. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty

Ireland cross-skier Thomas Westgaard battled to 60th place in the 30km biathlon event in Pyeongchang on Sunday. The race, which was won by Norway’s S(...)

Tess Arbez of Ireland: “I’m better in giant slalom but I try to do both. GS is more technical but you have to be even stronger for slalom.” Photograph by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Next Monday Tess Arbez will become only the sixth woman to compete for Ireland in the Winter Olympics and her heritage underlines just how arbitrary o(...)

Tess Arbez competes in the Women’s Slalom during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Switzerland. She one of Ireland’s two Winter Olympics hopefuls. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Ask most Irish people to explain the terms “slalom” or “giant slalom” and chances are they’ll struggle. “Is it a type of… exotic sausage? A Hebrew gre(...)

Some of Ireland’s Winter Olympic hopefuls (from left): Alpine skiers John Brown and Brendan Newby, Cross Country skier Tomas Westgard, Alpine skiers Tess Arbez and Pat McMillan and snowboarder Seamus O’Connor. Photograph: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

A tiny island municipality in the middle of Norway. The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Co Clare. These are just some of the places Ireland’s Winter(...)