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PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

Posted on 09/02/18 by Rare Management

PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

With the Opening Ceremony done and the Olympic flame lit, it’s time to turn the focus to our British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang as they hit the competitive arena for day one of competition tomorrow.

There will be four athletes in action across two events, and you’ll need to set the alarm early to catch all the action.

UK viewing options:  BBC Broadcast Details  |  Eurosport 1 & 2 Schedule  |  Eurosport Player Details

SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park
1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas

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(L-R) Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls

Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls return to Olympic action with high hopes having both enjoyed top 10 slopestyle finishes in Sochi, and they are joined by the youngest male in the British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang, Rowan Coultas.

Nicholls finished sixth in Sochi and has stood on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the last two years. He claimed his maiden World Cup victory in the Czech Republic in 2016 but has competed rarely this season, his place on the Olympic team all but secured when he finished second on the overall slopestyle standings in the 2016/17 World Cup.

The 24-year-old will no doubt have extra motivation after his cousin Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Games on Thursday with a fractured heel.

Like Nicholls, Morgan has competed rarely this season but is always one of the riders to watch. His only World Cup slopestyle event this season was a sixth-place finish in New Zealand back in September, one of five career top 10 results which includes two podiums.

Morgan, 28, just missed out on direct qualification for the final in Sochi, but sent down the highest semi-final score before finishing 10th overall.

Coultas has been one of the young guns in the GB Park and Pipe squad for a number of years now and is primed to now perform on the biggest stage. The 20-year-old announced himself as a star of the future in 2014 when he took slopestyle silver at the World Junior Championships in Italy.

Since then he has earned three World Cup top 10 results in slopestyle and will remember last competition in Korea fondly when he finished eighth in the Big Air test event in 2016.

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Annika Taylor

Annika Taylor

7:15am (GMT) – Annika Taylor

The ladies’ skiathlon is a 15km race where athletes complete the first 7.5km in classic technique, followed by 7.5km free skate. The event is a true test of skiers overall cross country skills and it will be Annika Taylor’s first race of a busy week in PyeongChang.

Born in California, Taylor qualifies as British courtesy of her father and has raced internationally for Great Britain since 2013 when she competed in the World U23 Championships. Since then Taylor has not only graduated from university with a degree in chemistry, she has also graduated to British Nordic Elite Squad and has been on the World Cup circuit since 2015.

Taylor, 24, has only raced the skiathlon discipline three times on the international stage, with her last race being at last year’s World Championships in Lahti, Finland where she finished 41st.

Record number of Team GB skiers and snowboarders set for PyeongChang 2018

Posted on 25/01/18 by Rare Management

Record number of Team GB skiers and snowboarders set for PyeongChang 2018

Team GB will take more skiers and snowboarders to an Olympic Winter Games than ever before with a record number of athletes selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Twenty-five athletes will compete across alpine, cross country, freestyle skiing and snowboard events with the previous record of 22 selected for Cortina 1956.

Freestyle skiing is the largest of the ski and snowboard disciplines with 11 athletes selected, while six snowboarders will compete in PyeongChang including Zoe Gillings-Brier who is set for her fourth Winter Olympics. Four alpine and four cross-country skiers complete the team.

More than half of the squad (14) will be competing at their first ever Games while Dave Ryding, Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young join Gillings-Brier as the more experienced athletes with the three skiers selected for their third Olympic Winter Games.

Dave Ryding

Dave Ryding

With an average age of just 24, Ski & Snowboard Team Leader Dan Hunt sees PyeongChang as one of the first major steps on a journey which can move Great Britain towards being one of the world’s leading snowsports nations.

Hunt said: “When you look analyse this squad, it’s a pretty good indicator of where British snowsports will be heading over the next four years to Beijing and then beyond.

“More than half the team will be competing at their first Olympics, one-third of the squad are 22 or younger and only four athletes have competed at more than one Games.

“We will be competing in more disciplines in PyeongChang than we have before and we’ve never had more athletes heading to an Olympics with genuine expectations about how well their performances will stack up against the best in the world.

“Of course you can never predict how the results will ultimately fall, but I am certain that we’re going to Korea with opportunities to deliver more world class performances than a British ski and snowboard team ever done.”

Team GB’s Ski & Snowboard squad for PyeongChang 2018

Alpine Skiing
Charlie Guest, aged 24, from Perth, Scotland
Dave Ryding, 31, from Leyland, Lancashire
Laurie Taylor, 21, from Basingstoke, Hampshire
Alex Tilley, 24, from Torphins, Scotland

Credit: Vanessa Fry Photography

Alex Tilley, Credit: Vanessa Fry Photography

Cross-Country Skiing
Andrew Musgrave, 27, from Poole, Dorset
Callum Smith, 25, from Inverurie, Scotland
Annika Taylor, 24, from Truckee, USA
Andrew Young, 25, from Huntly, Scotland

Freestyle Skiing
Izzy Atkin, 19, from Boston, USA
Murray Buchan, 26, from Edinburgh, Scotland
Rowan Cheshire, 22, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon, 23, from Hong Kong
Tyler Harding, 21, from Halifax, Yorkshire
Emily Sarsfield, 34, from Durham
Peter Speight, 25, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Katie Summerhayes, 22, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Molly Summerhayes, 20, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Lloyd Wallace, 22, from Bath, Somerset~
James Woods, 26, from Sheffield, Yorkshire

Snowboarding
Rowan Coultas, 20, from Bedford
Aimee Fuller, 26, from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Zoë Gillings-Brier, 32, from Douglas, Isle of Man
Billy Morgan, 28, from Southampton, Hampshire
Jamie Nicholls, 24, from Bradford, Yorkshire
Katie Ormerod, 20, from Brighouse, Yorkshire

Alpine Skiing
Dave Ryding leads a team of four alpine skiers which will compete across the technical disciplines in PyeongChang. Ryding, returning for his third Games, earned six top 10 World Cup finishes last year including a podium at Kitzbühel, and has backed that up with four more top 10s this season.

“It’s definitely a bit different going into these Games compared to the last two,” said Ryding. “The first time I went hoping for some good performances, then last time I went in knowing that on my day I could mix it in the top 30.

“This time I’m ranked in the top 15 and that’s where the medals usually come from. I’ve had some good results recently and I can build on that.” Commenting on the fact he is entering the Games with more media attention than ever before, Ryding added, “There’s a lot more recognition now, which is nice – it means I’m probably in with a chance.”

He will be joined in the men’s slalom by 21-year-old Laurie Taylor who made his World Cup debut last season and went on to finish 33rd at the World Championships in 2017.

Alex Tilley will compete in the ladies’ giant slalom and slalom, while Charlie Guest will join Tilley in the slalom. Tilley has had her best season to date on the World Cup circuit, earning a career-best 13th in Courchevel. Guest’s inclusion comes three years after the 24-year-old fractured four vertebrae while training in Sweden.

The quartet will also combine for the Alpine Team Event which is making its Olympic debut.

Cross-Country Skiing
Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young return for their third Olympic campaigns and their best chances following strong seasons to date.

Musgrave was fourth in the 50km free at the World Championships last year and has also stood on the World Cup podium earlier this year. Young battled illness at the start of the season but has returned to form with three top 15 World Cup results from his last three races.

Musgrave said: “It’s definitely different approaching these Olympics compared to the last couple of times,”

“Vancouver was a learning experience – I was never realistically going to be fighting for a medal. Four years later, Sochi: on a really good day, then maybe a top 10. It’s a different set-up now and everyone on the team is faster than they were four years ago. We have new coaches, we’re a lot more professional.

“I’ve been on the [World Cup] podium already this year at the Tour de Ski, I’m healthy now, training is good, so now it should be a realistic goal to be right up there in PyeongChang.”

Callum Smith and Annika Taylor round out the quartet of British Nordic Team skiers on the way to PyeongChang. Smith competed in the Sprint, 15km classic and skiathlon in Sochi, while Taylor – a top 30 finisher at the World U23 Championships in 2016 – is the sole member of the ladies’ team.

Events which will be raced by each athlete will be confirmed closer to the Games.

Freestyle Skiing
Freestyle skiers make up the largest contingent of skiers and snowboarders on Team GB with eleven athletes competing across four disciplines: halfpipe (5), slopestyle (4), ski cross (1) and aerials (1).

Ski slopestyle represents one of Team GB’s strongest snowsports disciplines with high hopes in both the men’s and ladies’ events. James Woods is a four-time World Cup winner in ski slopestyle and finished fifth in Sochi despite a painful hip injury which hampered his performance.

Tyler Harding will make his Olympic debut in the discipline following a breakthrough season on the World Cup circuit which saw him earn his first top 10 in France just before Christmas.

Katie Summerhayes finished seventh in ski slopestyle in Sochi and returns for her second Games as a perennial contender having finished inside the top 10 at seven of her past nine World Cups including second at Stubai in November.

Also competing in the event will be Isabel Atkin who has made quite the name for herself over the past twelve months. In the last year, 19-year-old Atkin has competed at her first X-Games, earned a World Championships bronze medal and stood on the World Cup podium twice, including victory at Silvaplana last March.

Murray Buchan leads a trio of men’s halfpipe skiers on their way to PyeongChang. Buchan was a member of Team GB in Sochi where he finished 17th and has been consistently competitive on the international stage for a number of years, earning top 20 results at the last four World Championships.

Earning selection on the back of strong 2017/18 seasons are Peter Speight and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon. The pair have been steady improvers over the course of the campaign, highlighted by their maiden World Cup finals appearances in China in December where Speight finished fourth and Glavatsky-Yeadon eighth.

Rowan Cheshire will be looking for Olympic redemption when she lines up for the ladies’ halfpipe in Korea. Cheshire was highly-fancied going into Sochi having won a World Cup just a month before, however a crash in training ruled her out of competition.

A cautious return to the top of the sport over the past four years has her primed to finally make her Olympic debut in PyeongChang. She will be joined in the halfpipe by Molly Summerhayes – sister of Katie – who is off to her first Games. The 20-year-old is the 2015 Junior World Champion and broke through for her first career World Cup top 10 in China late last year.

Seventeen-year-old Madi Rowlands had met the requisite eligibility criteria in both slopestyle and halfpipe, however a knee injury earlier this month ruled her out of contention.

Emily Sarsfield will line up in the ladies’ ski cross and the 34-year-old, who will be the oldest member of the ski and snowboard squad in PyeongChang, suffered a knee injury which ruled her out of Vancouver 2010 and narrowly missed out on selection in 2014.

Lloyd Wallace continues a family involvement with the Games and in doing so has become the first British male to compete in aerials in 20 years. His mother Jilly (nee Curry) appeared in the 1992 (moguls) and 1994 (aerials) Olympic Winter Games, while his father Robin participated in the demonstration sport of ski ballet in 1988.

Wallace’s ticket to the Games looked in danger when he was placed in an induced coma following a training accident in August, however he has made a full recovery and competed regularly on the World Cup circuit this season prior to selection.

Rowan Cheshire said: “I’m super excited to get selected and it definitely takes a weight off your shoulders. I can’t wait for the experience and it should be really fun. I’ve competed in PyeongChang before, it’s such a nice vibe and I’m looking forward to seeing how the place has developed since we were last out there. I’m trying to see the Games as any normal competition so I don’t get too nervous and can stay calm, but I know how much the Olympics means to me and everyone else.”

Snowboarding
Aimee Fuller was part of the same competition which brought Jenny Jones her historic bronze medal in Sochi when she finished 17th in the ladies’ slopestyle. She has earned four World Cup top five finishes in her last 10 competitions and has two career top 10s in big air.

Twenty-year-old Katie Ormerod will join Fuller and brings with her impressive slopestyle form over the last two years including a bronze in slopestyle at X-Games and four World Cup top fives in slopestyle. However it is in big air where Ormerod could make the biggest impact: in 10 World Cup competitions she has finished in the top 10 nine times and finished on the podium on five occasions including victory in Moscow last January.

Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan will become two-time Olympians next month and will compete alongside 20-year-old Rowan Coultas. At Sochi 2014, Nicholls finished seventh and Morgan 10th in slopestyle. Since the last Games, Morgan has stood on the World Cup podium twice amongst six top 10 performances and created history when he became the first snowboarder to land an 1800 quadruple cork.

Jamie Nicholls, Credit: Matt Georges

Jamie Nicholls, Credit: Matt Georges

Nicholls, who carried the Olympic torch in Busan in November, has appeared on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the past two years, including victory in the Czech Republic in March 2016. Like Morgan and Nicholls, Coultas has only competed lightly this year but is a star on the rise having earned his first World Cup top 10 as an 18-year-old in 2016, and adding three more to his tally during the 2016/17 season.

Zoë Gillings-Brier will line up in the women’s snowboard cross for a fourth straight Games. Having reached the World Cup podium seven times – including a victory in Chile in 2004 – Gillings-Brier, who has become a mother since Sochi 2014, has finished inside the top 10 at her last two Olympics (eighth 2010, ninth 2014).

Billy Morgan said: “I’m stoked. It’s been four years since we were last here so it’s great for it to all come together again. Seeing all the kit just makes it even better. We’ve been out in South Korea for a test event and it was pretty epic so I’m really happy to spending a whole Games out there.”

 

Izzy and Woodsy head to X-Games as packed calendar continues

Posted on 24/01/18 by Rare Management

Izzy and Woodsy head to X-Games as packed calendar continues

Just when it seems like the action is winding down in preparation for PyeongChang, the busy winter sports calendar continues towards the end of the month.

The biggest event this week is the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado which starts on Thursday. James Woods will be competing at the event for the sixth straight year while Izzy Atkin has been invited to her second event.

Alex Tilley and Dave Ryding both competed in alpine World Cups yesterday and the pre-Olympics season is not over yet with other events still to come.

Meanwhile Jasmin Taylor will be hoping to add to her impressive World Cup campaign when the telemark skiers take to their second competition in Vermont in the space of a week.

** Note: British skiers and snowboarders selected for Team GB will be announced on Thursday 25 January.

FIS Alpine World Cup, Kronplatz ITA – Tuesday 23 January
FIS Alpine World Cup, Schladming AUT – Tuesday 23 January
Delancey British Alpine skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley were in World Cup action yesterday at events in Italy and Austria.

In the morning, Tilley competed in the giant slalom at Kronplatz, however she was unable to qualify for the second run after finishing 0.35 seconds outside the top 30. Tilley will race the World Cup giant slalom at Lenzerheide on the weekend and will also be joined in the slalom by Charlie Guest.

At ‘The Nightrace’ in Schladming, around 50,000 spectators were on hand to see one of the most anticipated slalom races of the season. Fresh from being the fastest down the mountain in the second run at Kitzbühel on Sunday, Ryding was 12th through the first run but was unable to improve that position after the second run. He currently sits ninth on the slalom World Cup overall standings.

Ryding will have his final pre-Olympics race at the Stockholm City Event next Tuesday where he finished fourth last year.

X-Games, Aspen USA – Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January

The X-Games are an iconic event on the freeski and snowboard calendar and two GB Park and Pipe skiers will be in Aspen this week for the 2018 edition.

James Woods has been attending X-Games since 2013 and will this year be competing in both slopestyle and big air. Woods broke through for his first X-Games win last year in big air, and his best slopestyle result is third (Aspen 2013 and Oslo 2017).

James Woods, X-Games 2013, Aspen USA

James Woods, X-Games 2013, Aspen USA

Izzy Atkin was a late call-up to the competition last year but has certainly earned her invitation in 2018 following an impressive 12 months. Over the past year Atkin has scored two World Cup podiums including a victory at Silvaplana in March as well as bronze at the World Championships. She enters the ski slopestyle event on the back of a pair of third-places in Snowmass at the World Cup and Grand Prix events.

FIS Telemark World Cup, Sugarbush Resort USA – Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 January
Jasmin Taylor has reached the World Cup podium seven times from eight races this year and has three more chances to add to that total later this week.

On the weekend, Taylor picked up her first ever World Cup win along with a second and a third at Suicide Six Resort, and now she is hoping for more glory 50 miles further north at Sugarbush Resort.

She will be competing in the ladies’ Classic, Sprint and Parallel Sprint while Louis Hatchwell is in the men’s events.

Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot selected to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018

Posted on 23/01/18 by Rare Management

Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot selected to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018

Amanda Lightfoot has today been selected as Team GB’s sole biathlete for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The 30-year-old from South Shields returns to Olympic competition after featuring four years ago at Sochi 2014. Lightfoot finished 71st in the 15km individual event in Russia, following her 75th place in the 7.5km sprint – her Olympic debut.

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain competes in the Women's 15 km Individual

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain competes in the Women’s 15 km Individual, Sochi 2014.

Competing four years ago, she became the second ever female British biathlete to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having started the sport through the military aged 19.

Before Lightfoot, Emma Fowler, who also came from a military background, had previously represented Team GB at Turin 2006. Fowler finished 78th in the 15km individual, and 67th in the 7.5km sprint event.

Following Sochi 2014, Lightfoot has continued to represent Great Britain on the international stage with her best result coming when she placed 32nd in the 15km individual event at the 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, helping her qualify for PyeongChang 2018.

Amanda Lightfoot said: “I’m over the moon to be selected for Team GB for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The roller coaster of a journey these last four years have been quite an experience and the thousands of hours training makes these Olympics extra special. I’m looking to get the best result ever for a British female biathlete out in PyeongChang.”

Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission for PyeongChang 2018, said: “It’s great to welcome Amanda back to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018. Her experience in Sochi will no doubt help her hugely in South Korea and her recent performances show how far she’s progressed in the four years since her last Olympic outing.”

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain shoots during a Biathlon training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain shoots during a Biathlon training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Sarah Greig, Biathlon Team Leader for PyeongChang 2018 said: “It’s a great achievement for Amanda to be selected for her second Winter Olympics. To do so as only the second British female biathlete to race at a Games is testament to the hard work she has put into the sport over the last decade – whilst also maintaining her military career. Both the British Biathlon Union and the Army are extremely proud of her inspirational endeavours and wish her the very best of luck for the Games.”

 

Notes to Editors   

PyeongChang 2018

The Games will run from 9th – 25th February 2018 and feature 17 days of action
Seven sports and 15 disciplines make up the sporting programme for the Games
This will be the third time the Winter Olympics have visited Asia after Japan hosted Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998
PyeongChang 2018 will see around 3,000 athletes from around 95 nations competed for 102 gold medals
The Games will see four new events feature for the first time in Olympic competition; alpine skiing mixed team, snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling, and speed skating mass start
There have been 22 Winter Olympics to date, hosted by 11 nations. The first Games was held in Chamonix, France in 1924
Team GB at PyeongChang 2018 & the Winter Olympics

Expected team size of around 60 athletes for the Games. Previous highest is 56 (Sochi 2014).
Team GB have already selected 19 athletes for the Games;10 curlers, two figure skaters five short track speed skaters, two luge and four skeleton athletes
Team GB’s best ever performance at a Winter Olympics is four medals which has been achieved twice: Chamonix 1924 and Sochi 2014
Team GB have won 26 medals at the Winter Olympics, 10 gold, 4 silver, 12 bronze, which ranks 19th on the all-time Winter Olympic medal table
 

Molly Summerhayes sets sights on PyeongChang Winter Olympics by launching Crowdfunding campaign

Posted on 17/07/17 by Rare Management

Molly Summerhayes - Photo Jenny Bletcher_low res19-year-old GB Park and Pipe skier, Molly Summerhayes, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money which will support her bid to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February.

Molly is the younger sister of Katie Summerhayes, who has three Silver World Cup and World Championships medals to her name, and finished 7th in the Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.

Since first trying skiing at the age of four in her home-town Sheffield, Molly has been in love with sport and from the very beginning has shown the determination and talent needed to compete with the best. 

A specialist in the halfpipe, Molly has been competing around the UK and in British Championships since she was just 12-years-old.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Molly, aged 17, had her first season on the international circuit, becoming World Junior Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Champion and finishing 10th in a World Cup event, all while still being in college. It was at this point Molly’s strength and determination would be severely tested. 

A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in January 2016 would put a sudden halt to Molly’s fantastic progress and following surgery she would instead be confined to rehab and recovery for the next 11 months.

Despite a long stint on the sidelines, Molly returned to the halfpipe in November of last year, more eager than ever to succeed. While she has had to overcome some challenges since getting back on her skis, Molly feels strong and ready to work for Winter Olympic qualification. 

Unfortunately, besides the immense amount of training and preparation that goes into a qualification bid, the entire process is also a very costly one. To try and ease the financial burden of competing at freestyle skiing’s top level, Molly has been working full-time in McDonald’s for the past two years.

While fitting training, gym sessions and physio around her work schedule is a challenge, Molly has fantastic support from the company and has always found a way to ensure she puts in the hours, both in work and sport. 

August marks the first World Cup event of the Olympic season and for the first time, Molly will travel to New Zealand with the GB Park and Pipe Squad for an intense training camp and compete in the World Cup. Despite not being UK Sport funded, Molly is training alongside Britain’s best Park and Pipe athletes on their path to PyeongChang

Molly has teamed up with sports crowdfunding platform, PledgeSports, to raise some of her travel and competition costs.

With every bit of support you can offer Molly, you take her a step closer to being rewarded for her incredible resilience and hard work, and representing Great Britain at the Winter Olympics.

If you would like to support Molly you can do so by visiting her sports crowdfunding page here.

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods tops podium in New Zealand & Alpine skiers make an impressive start in the Southern Hemisphere

Posted on 23/08/16 by Rare Management

With the competitive Southern Hemisphere winter season now in full swing, British Ski and Snowboard athletes have already been making their mark with podium finishes and impressive performances.

Last weekend saw GB Park and Pipe skier James ‘Woodsy’ Woods top the podium at the first JW Big Air invitational held in Cardrona, New Zealand. The slopestyle competition was well attended with a strong international field, but it was Woodsy who came out on top with a world-class performance, landing 3 different triples including a switch triple cork 1440.

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This weekend GB Park and Pipe snowboarders Billy Morgan, Henry Shackleton, Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod will join over 100 international slopestyle snowboarders in Australia at the Mile High by Carlton Dry, staged in Perisher’s Front Valley. This will serve as the kick start to their summer on-snow training in the Southern Hemisphere.

Back over in New Zealand, the Delancey British Alpine Team have been making an impression on the race circuit, with Jack Gower taking first place in the Giant Slalom at the Cardrona FIS races at the start of the month, and Charlie Guest taking fourth in the Slalom in Coronet Peak last week. Numerous other top 10 spots have also been claimed by British athletes with Delancey British Alpine Squad atheletes Nick Moynihan and Charlie Raposo taking 7th and 8th place respectively and Jess Anderson setting a PB in the GS FIS race in Coronet Peak where she placed fourth.

Also having a great start to their season is Delancey British U21 Slalom Champion Robert Poth who took second place in the Perisher FIS Giant Slalom. He then continued his form taking third place overall and first U21 in the Australian National Championships held in Thredbo last week.

British Nordic’s Annika Taylor had a breakthrough result this week at the Aure Toppoddretsveke races, qualifying for her first International Sprint Quarter Final. Teammate Andrew Young also qualified for the quarter finals, with races continuing over the weekend.

More information visit the British Ski and Snowboard website and for all the up to date news and results like British Ski and Snowboard on Facebook and follow British Ski and Snowboard on Twitter www.twitter.com/teambss.

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LEKI announced as Official Supplier of poles to Delancey British Alpine Squad

Posted on 10/08/16 by Rare Management

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LEKI has partnered with the Delancey British Alpine Squad as Official Supplier of poles for the next AW16/17 season. Many of the Delancey British Senior, U21 and U18 athletes will benefit from the new agreement including skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley.

Lillian Sullivan on behalf of LEKI said:  “We’re very excited to be involved with the British Alpine Squad.  They are a high performing team and we are proud to be able to support them throughout the forthcoming season.  Together we think we make a great team.”

Max Baggio, current Men’s Overall Delancey British Champion said:  “Good quality poles like LEKI, give you confidence every time you go out on the slopes.  They’re strong, light and reliable for everyday use, allowing me to fully focus on my training without any worries.  The LEKI Venom Carbon poles used by the British Team provide a feeling of assurance so you can go as hard and as fast as you like always knowing they can stand the strain throughout the season whether training or racing: a necessary piece of kit for a winning season”.

British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) National Governing Body for Skiing and Snowboarding is looking to continue the recent success of Britain’s elite skiers and snowboarders this season. Being within the Olympic Qualification period for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, athletes will be working harder than ever to challenge for podiums on the international stage.

The LEKI Venom has been a favourite for athletes competing on the World Cup circuit.  These poles feature high-strength aluminium uppers with a strengthened-carbon lower segment making them light yet strong and perfect for racing.

GB Park and Pipe Young Guns Strike Again – #ProjectPY2018 Mission 32 is now live

Posted on 27/07/16 by Rare Management

In collaboration with Sport Scotland, Bearsden Freestyle Crew and our GB Park and Pipe Performance Pathway coaches, GB Park and Pipe held a week-long Sport Scotland West Pathway Camp a few days ago, aimed at getting some new tricks in the bag.
#ProjectPY2018 Mission 32 gives a great insight into how the GB Park and Pipe young guns are bagging their new tricks. From conception, to first goes on a trampoline, then an airbag and then the real thing on dryslope, this film follows the progress of some ultra-brave riders pushing themselves in the search for new tricks.

Thanks to UK SportThe National Lottery, Lottery Good Causes and #Delancey. And special thanks in making this film to:
Sport Scotland
Bearsden Freestyle Crew
SnowFactor
Air Space Trampoline Park, Glasgow
Urban Gymnastics, Glasgow
Bouldering Glasgow
Cumberland Centurions BMX Race Track
The Snowboard Addiction Trainer

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Championship Ski and Snowboard launch two new one-off competitions for UK indoor and dry slope scene

Posted on 20/07/16 by Rare Management

GB Park and Pipe’s domestic snowsports league, Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), has today announced two one-off competitions following the huge demand to be part of CSS from UK indoor and dry slopes across the country.

CSS Battle Royale is aimed at slopes that were not able to be part of the CSS League this year, and CSS Micro Machines, aimed at snowboarders and skiers under 12, will mean even more rising stars of the British ski and snowboard scene will be able to be part of the hottest new element of UK snowsports.

CSS Battle Royale is a one off CSS match open to any slope not part of the CSS League this year. Coach/Managers are invited to enter either a team of 3, which must include at least one female. Each team member will have the chance to film and submit their best kicker trick, rail trick, and ex trick. As well as awards being made for Gold, Silver, and Bronze teams, the top slopes will be considered for invite into next year’s CSS League.

Josie McNamara from CSS said about the launch of Battle Royale:
“When we started searching for teams for CSS, we had so many teams all over the country wanting to take part.  It was hard to turn them away so Battle Royale is a way for everyone to have a chance of getting involved with the CSS format.  It should also indicate who the super motivated crews are around the UK which should help when we come to draw up the 2017 CSS league.”

For the under 12 riders, a brand new competition specifically for the groms has been set up called CSS Micro Machines competition. Coach/Managers or parents are invited to enter any under 12 skiers or snowboaders by submitting video footage of their best kicker trick and rail trick. All footage will then be judged, edited and released in September and there will be prizes and awards for the best girl and best boy from snowboard and from ski.

McNamara went onto comment about the new CSS Micro Machines competition:
“Micro Machines has come about because we have been blown away about the amount of groms and super groms taking part in CSS.  We reckon there are even more out there that we don’t even know about so Micro Machines is a way for those kids to get involved in CSS.  Hopefully it will be a nice project over the schools holidays as any kid under 12 can enter!  They just need to send us a kicker trick and a rail trick.  It’s a stripped back version of CSS but we are so excited to see what footage we get back!”

To find out more information and to enter the competitions visit the following links:

CSS Battle Royale

CSS Micro Machines

CSS is endorsed by GB Park & Pipe and supported through The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey as well The National Lottery, UK Sport and national governing bodies Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

British Ski and Snowboard in search for new Performance Director to deliver medal targets

Posted on 18/07/16 by Rare Management

Following a recent restructure, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in the UK, British Ski and Snowboard, are now seeking a Performance Director who will join the Board of Directors to lead, manage and raise the performance bar across Alpine, Cross Country, Freestyle and Snowboarding, as well as supporting Telemark, Speed Skiing and Ski Jumping.

This new role will involve leading the performance strategy of British Ski and Snowboard and look to deliver medal targets at PyeongChang 2018 in Freestyle, and to drive other disciplines to the podium where BSS has qualified Olympic athletes.

The role is about creating a performance vision to pull together a cohesive and ambitious strategy into execution. The successful candidate is therefore likely to be someone who has proven success of this, who has the drive and ability to lead their team to strive for the very best and has demonstrable experience in leading sporting performance success at the highest level.

Visit the British Ski and Snowboard website for more information about the Performance Director role or click the following links for the Job Description and Job Advert.

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