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The lovable creatures of the Ice Age films, including Manny the mammoth and Scrat the acorn-obsessed squirrel, were the inspiration for children at a new winter games.

Some of Britain's most promising young winter sports stars of tomorrow performed in front of Britain's finest Olympians at the first ever Ice Age SNOlympics.

The event was held to celebrate this week's release of animated adventure Ice Age 4: Continental Drift on Blu-ray and DVD.

At Milton Keynes Sno!zone, youngsters aged 7 to 11 competed in Ice Age-themed mini winter sports, including Sid's Ski Slalom, Scrat's Skeleton Run, Diego's Snowboard Sprint, Manny's Continental Toboganning and the Acorn Relay Challenge.

Four schools from across the UK took part, each representing one of the home nations with a team of four competitors per school - two boys, two girls. The schools were selected by Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Northern Ireland. »

- David Bentley

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