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KIRSTY MUIR WINS SILVER AT JUNIOR WORLDS

Posted on 10/04/19 by Rare Management

Kirsty Muir has scored the best result of her young career by claiming a silver medal in ski slopestyle at the World Junior Championships in Sweden today.

Having finished seventh at the 2018 event in New Zealand, Muir qualified through to the final on Sunday in a field which included defending champ and three-times X-Games medallist Kelly Sildaru.

While the Estonian had it her own way out in front with two scores in the 90s, Muir scored 81.00 on her first run, challenging the rest of the field to knock her off the podium.

However just one competitor managed to improve their score on the second run, leaving Muir as runner up and the winner of Britain’s third medal in the history of the event.

“It went really well – my first run, I landed it clean which is what I wanted to so,” said Muir. “I’m super happy – I was definitely excited just to land a run.

“Now I need to focus on big air later in the week which I’m really looking forward to.”

Over the years the ladies’ slopestyle has been a strong event for British skiers at the Junior World Championships: Katie Summerhayes was third in 2013 before winning the title in 2014, while Madi Rowlands, Anna Vincenti and Connie Brogden have all finished in the top 10.

** Gabe Adams was due to start today’s snowboard slopestyle final after qualifying second in his heat yesterday, however a heavy knock in practice ruled him out of not only this event, but the big air which was to come later in the week.

** Over the weekend at the moguls Junior World Championships in Italy, Will Feneley finished 10th in dual moguls and 16th in the individual event. Skyler Nunn (11th) was the best-placed Brit in the ladies’ moguls while Makayla Gerken Schofield was 18th in dual moguls.

TOM & AMY DOUBLE DOWN AT THE BRITS

Posted on 08/04/19 by Rare Management

Tom Greenway and Amy Clayton have capped off perfect weeks in Laax by winning ski slopestyle gold today at The BRITS.

The pair swept to big air glory in a weather-affected competition on Wednesday, and after the cancellation of halfpipe yesterday both were back in action and on top of the slopestyle podium.

In the ladies’ event, 14-year-old Amy Clayton produced a 98-point final run and marked herself as a star of the future on a course reduced due to the conditions.

“It was really fun actually,” said Clayton. “It was so smooth up there. The view from the top was amazing with the low cloud – it was great.

“I was slightly relieved when I found out it was only the top rail and two kickers, but nevertheless it was still fun.”

The men’s competition was always going to be the highlight with some of Britain’s best going head-to-head.

With Tom Greenway and Chris McCormick earning two of the highest scores in qualifying, it was clear that the pair would be locking horns to see who claimed the gold.

McCormick’s best run featured a 270-on pretzel-270 off, nollie 3, cork 9 with Cuban grab and a switch 7 safety, however it would only be good enough for second place on the day.

Greenway – who emulated McCormick’s 2018 performance by taking the big air-slopestyle double – threw switch tails 270-on 270 off followed by a hand drag 3, left double 12 safety and finished it off with a switch dub 9 safety to earn a commanding 94 point score and a safe margin of victory.

“It was so good to throw down the tricks I wanted to do against some hard competition,” said Greenway. “I crashed first run in finals so it was a lot of pressure in the second so I was happy to walk away with the win.”

 

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LUCKY SEVEN FOR TILLEY AS SLALOM SPRINGS A SURPRISE

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While one favourite was victorious, another crashed out on a day of drama at the 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France. There was a surprise winner of the men’s slalom with the race results also affecting the overall pointscore, however Alex Tilley was a class above in the ladies’ giant slalom and Cara Brown confirmed her versatility as the 2019 Victor Ludorum.

Ladies’ Giant Slalom National Championship

PyeongChang Olympian Alex Tilley is one win away from equalling the record number of national ladies’ giant slalom titles after a commanding victory this morning.

Tilley (1:56.39) carried a lead of more than a second into the final run and the title never looked in doubt as she doubled her advantage on the way to the gold medal and the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup.

Downhill and super G winner Cara Brown (1:58.58) started the second run in fourth but moved up two places to claim the silver medal while teenager Sarah Woodward (1:59.45) won the bronze.

Tilley’s third win in a row brings her tally to seven giant slalom crowns, one behind British skiing icon Chemmy Alcott, a fact not lost on the 25-year-old.

“Honestly a couple of years ago I didn’t know if I could last that many, feeling like I was broken,” said Tilley. “Of course it’s nice always to have a record – what Chemmy did for British skiing is incredible and you can never really eclipse that but if I could at least get level with her, that’s a cool achievement.

“It’s not been an easy month or two for me now. I’ve not had the highest confidence, so to come here and do what I needed to do was enough for me. It’s my only win this season which is the first time I’ve ever had that.”

While she and Alcott have now shared 15 of the past 18 giant slalom titles, Tilley feels the depth of ladies’ skiing building and knows she has a fight on her hands to keep holding onto the title in years to come.

“It’s really good to see and I think it’s really fun for them to turn up and race against the one that they watch all year on TV,” she said. “I certainly enjoyed doing it with Chemmy and seeing how close I could get.

“More and more are in the ballpark to start competing – I’m not turning up here, cruising down and winning. I have to come here and ski my best.”

In addition to claiming the bronze medal, Woodward was awarded the Gordon Skiers Cup for the fastest under-18 while Nicole Ritchie (2:02.74) won the Ladies’ Ski Club Open Challenge Cup for the top non-British team skier.

 

Men’s Slalom National Championship

With nine-time winner Dave Ryding bypassing this year’s national titles after a busy season which included the World Championships and a World Cup podium, Laurie Taylor was the favourite to claim his first national slalom crown.

And the 23-year-old was in prime position to do just that, holding a lead of more than three seconds heading into the second run.

But after straddling the final gate at last year’s Championships, Taylor’s race came unstuck again this year with a crash midway through the course cruelling his title hopes.

That left Rob Poth not only with the gold medal, but the first national championship podium of his career. Poth’s time of 1:31.08 earned him the National Ski Union Cup ahead of Owen Vinter    (1:31.56) and Fraser Middleton (1:31.71).

“Coming into this competition everyone knows it’s always a bit of a fight, some tough sets, and today proved it again,” said Poth. “I was annoyed with the skiing but somehow I’ve been quite well-rewarded for it.

“Everyone knows you’ve got to fight to get down and its who can survive the best really. I’m pleased with the outcome.

“It’s my first senior podium – I’ve been waiting for that for a couple of years. I’ve been in contention but never got it but it’s worth the wait really to get that national title.”

Poth said that the title marks the culmination of a strong season where he has progressed his skiing while still learning how to manage tough courses and conditions.

“I’ve come into this with pretty good form and I’ve been able to show I can fight and get down really tough sets which in the back of my mind has been a bit of a struggle for me,” he said. “I’m getting there – completing more difficult courses, challenging conditions, so I’m pretty happy with the whole season.

“Finishing the season on a high with a national title is a big confidence boost and gives me more motivation for the summer.”

Duncan Kuwall (1:32.87) won the Baird Trophy for the fastest non-British team skier while Vinter made it a perfect week in the under-18 category, with the Schools Abroad Trophy being his fourth such award in as many races.

 

Overall Combined Titles

Today’s races marked the completion of the 2019 national championships with Cara Brown crowned the Victor Ludorum and winner of the Sir John Ritblat Cup. After winning both speed events and finishing second today, Brown finished the competition on 325 points while Jess Anderson (230 points) was runner-up and claimed the DHO Challenge Plate.

The pair also finished one-two in the women’s combined standings with Brown winning the Lillywhite-Gretton Trophy for the fifth time in six years. Abi Bruce was third on 170 points.

Daisi Daniels (160 points) claimed the Inghams Hotel Plan Trophy for the top-scoring under-18 while Nicole Ritchie (96 points) won the McLeod Trophy for the top-scoring non-British team athlete.

Coming into the day in contention for the Victor Ludorum, Iain Innes was favourite for the men’s crown, however a DNF on run two saw him leapfrogged on the final day of competition. Owen Vinter’s (226 points) sensational week in Tignes continued as he was crowned the men’s overall champion, winning the Fedden Cup by just six points from Innes (220 points). Poth’s victory today lifted him to third overall (200 points).

Vinter also won the Spence Cup as the highest-scoring under-18, while Roy-Alexander Steudle’s (160 point) pair of silver medals in the speed events made him the highest-scoring non-British team skier.

** At today’s prize giving ceremony, Robert Holmes was presented with a training grant of £2500 as the winner of the Craig Macfie Foundation Award. The grant is presented to an individual who exhibits exceptional sportsmanship, displays a passion for skiing and continually strives to improve.

** The weekend’s races will feature the technical disciplines in the National Junior Championships, as well as the GB Para Alpine Championships

 

2019 DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tignes, France

Ladies Giant Slalom National Championship

National Championship – Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup
1st       Alex Tilley                   1:56.39

2nd      Cara Brown                 1:58.58

3rd       Sarah Woodward        1:59.45

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Ladies Ski Club Open Challenge Cup
1st       Nicole Ritchie              2:02.74

Fastest Under-18 – Gordon Skiers Cup
1st       Sarah Woodward        1:59.45

Men’s Slalom National Championship

National Championship – National Ski Union Cup
1st       Robert Poth                 1:31.08

2nd      Owen Vinter                1:31.56

3rd       Fraser Middleton         1:31.71

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Baird Trophy
1st       Duncan Kuwall            1:32.87

Fastest Under-18 – Schools Abroad Trophy
1st       Owen Vinter                1:31.56

Overall Championships

Victor Ludorum – Sir John Ritblat Cup
1st       Cara Brown                 325 points

2nd*     Jess Anderson            230 points

3rd       Owen Vinter                226 points

Runner-up in the Victor Ludorum receives the DHO Challenge Plate

Ladies’ Combined – Lilywhite Gretton Trophy
1st       Cara Brown                 325 points

2nd      Jess Anderson            230 points

3rd       Abi Bruce                    170 points

Ladies’ Non-Team Combined – McLeod Trophy
1st       Nicole Ritchie              96 points

=2nd    Rebecca Chastney     92 points

=2nd    Zoe Dare                     92 points

Ladies’ Under 18 Combined – Inghams Hotel Plan Trophy

1st       Daisi Daniels               160 points

2nd      Lois Jackson               118 points

=3rd     Rebecca Chastney     92 points

=3rd     Zoe Dare                     92 points

Men’s Combined – Fedden Cup
1st       Owen Vinter                226 points

2nd      Iain Innes                    220 points

3rd       Robert Poth                 200 points

Men’s Non-Team Combined – McLeod Trophy
1st      
Roy-Alexander Steudle  160 points

2nd      Duncan Kuwall            140 points

3rd       Hayden Brand             87 points

Men’s Under 18 Combined – Spence Trophy
1st       Owen Vinter                226 points

2nd      Jack Cinnungham       84 points

=3rd     Thomas Butterworth   69 points

=3rd     Edouard Guigonnet     69 points

WORLD JUNIORS AND NATIONAL CHAMPS BRING SEASON TO A CLOSE

Posted on 04/04/19 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 season is into its final couple of weeks with some of GB Snowsport’s best still battling out at the national championships in France and Switzerland, while a select few are vying for glory at the World Junior Championships.

MOGULS

World Junior Championships, Chiesa in Valmalenco ITA – Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April

Leading the GB Moguls squad in Italy will be Makayla Gerken Schofield, who has twice finished in the top five at the Junior World Championships. The 19-year-old is coming off the best season of her career having finished inside the top 20 on the World Cup standings and scoring three Europa Cup podiums from her last three events, including a victory.

Skyler Nunn, who competes predominantly in North America, will join Gerken Schofield in the ladies’ individual and dual moguls. This is her second trip to the Junior World Championships following two top-20 results in 2018.

Will Feneley is the only GB Moguls athlete lining up in the men’s events, bringing to a close his first season of major international competitions. Feneley comes into his sixth consecutive Junior World Championships on the back of two Europa Cup podiums in a season which saw his World Cup and World Championships debuts.

 

PARK & PIPE

World Junior Championships, Klaeppen SWE – Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 April

The BRITS, Laax SUI – Tue 2 to Fri 5 April

Two skiers and four snowboarders will be representing GB at the second part of the park and pipe World Junior Championships after Connie Brogden won the ladies’ ski halfpipe in January.

Kirsty Muir achieved three top 10 results at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand and is joined in the ski events by Jasper Klein who recently earned his first Europa Cup top 20 in Livigno.

European Youth Olympic Festival bronze medallist Gabe Adams leads the snowboard contingent fresh from sixth place at the World Rookie Tour finals in Austria last month. He is joined in the snowboard contingent by Hollie Smith and Team GB EYOF teammates Ethan Smith and Luca Mai Lane Hopkins.

Meanwhile, The BRITS are poised to wrap up in Laax tomorrow in a week where the high level of camaraderie has not been matched by the weather gods. Today’s action has been cancelled due to rain, while yesterday’s ski cross and snowboard big air were limited by a lack of visibility.

On Tuesday, Olympic bronze medallist Billy Morgan claimed the snowboard cross title for the second time in three years, while Maisie Hill defended her BRITS crown. Hill was then runner-up to young gun Mia Brookes in yesterday’s snowboard big air while Billy Cockrell edged Matt McCormick to retain his title.

Wednesday’s ski cross was limited to qualifying runs with Nick Bingham and Octavia Steiger topping the timing sheets on their way to victory while Amy Clayton and Tom Greenway took out Tuesday’s ski big air competitions.

Organisers will make a decision on whether today’s snowboard halfpipe and ski slopestyle can be run tomorrow, however Friday’s schedule presently features ski halfpipe and snowboard slopestyle.


ALPINE

Delancey GB Alpine Championships, Tignes FRA – Sunday 31 March to Sunday 7 April

While heavy snow means no competition today at the Delancey GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, the final national championship races are scheduled for tomorrow.

Downhill and super G gold medallist Cara Brown currently leads the ladies’ overall standings while Iain Innes is also in contention for the Victor Ludorum after winning the super G and finishing on the podium in downhill and giant slalom.

Alex Tilley will start as favourite in tomorrow’s ladies’ giant slalom while Laurie Taylor is the top-ranked Brit on the men’s slalom start sheet with Dave Ryding bypassing this year’s event.

The GB Para Alpine Championships will take place over the weekend along with the technical disciplines which close out the National Junior Championships.

RAPOSO, ANDERSON TAKE OUT TECH TITLES

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Day three of the 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships said goodbye to speed and hello to the technical events with the Howden-sponsored men’s giant slalom and ladies’ slalom. The most competitive races of the Championships gave the crowds a fantastic show in conditions which challenged even the most accomplished skiers in the country.

Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

Charlie Raposo claimed the Howden men’s giant slalom title for the fourth time in five years, charging to the lead to win the most competitive race of this year’s national championships.

Defending champion Laurie Taylor took a lead of 0.25sec after the first run, however with 2013 winner Jack Gower also within half a second, it would be a battle going into second run.

Super G champion Iain Innes (1:49.27) was the first to put down a marker, setting a second run time that would ultimately be the fastest of any British skier. With the benchmark set, Gower (1:49.05) then took the lead and was in a position to add another title to Sunday’s snowboard crown.

Raposo (1:49.00) then cut down Gower to take the lead by just 0.05sec, leaving Taylor with everything to play for as the last Brit down the piste. However the 2018 Olympian made a costly mistake which not only saw his title defence slip away, but a spot on the podium went begging with Innes’ second run charge earning him his third national championship podium in as many days.

After the race Raposo said it was good to back up his number one ranking with a win having cruelled his chances last year midway through the course.

“It’s a battle – I’m not going to lie,” he said. “Naturally I want to win and probably should win so it is a little bit stressful and I only just got it.

“I was pretty geed up – I had a big mistake in the first run just off the road and had a flashback to last year, missing that gate and I just made it this year.

“Second run I charged – I’m happy with the skiing. What’s really nice for me is that this event is now the ‘Howden Giant Slalom’, and Howden are a personal sponsor of mine so it’s a nice win to take.”

Following the race Raposo paid tribute to close friend and teammate Nick Moynihan who today announced his retirement from competitive alpine skiing having been a member of the British team for a number of years.

“Winning is great, but the big highlight for me today is seeing off one of my best mates who stopped racing today,” said Raposo. “I’ve spent a lot of time with Nick. You become teammates with a lot of people but there’s not many people on the tour you become really, really close with.

“Nick and I spend lots of time with one another off the hill back in London, so it’s sad, but I’m really excited for him to go on to other things.

“At the end of the day we all do what we do for happiness and one of the happiest bits of ski racing is enjoying the environment and the people you deal with. But we’ll give him a great little send off today!”

Also stepping onto the giant slalom podium were Euan Kick (1:53.42) who won the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy for the leading non-team skier while Owen Vinter (1:51.05) claimed the Gordon Skiers Cup as he picked up his third under-18 national championship title of the week.

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championships

With Alex Tilley concentrating on Friday’s giant slalom and Charlie Guest missing this year’s Championships after a heavy crash in training late last month, the one thing for certain in today’s Howden Ladies’ Slalom was that a new name would be inscribed on the Evie Pinching Salver.

Who that would be was anyone’s guess after the first run with Jess Anderson setting the pace early, only for 16-year-old Daisi Daniels to clock an identical time as she continued her form from the speed races.

With a chance to win her first national slalom championship, Anderson (1:34.59) charged to set the fastest second run time. Daniels (1:35.00) was the final British racer to send it in run two but couldn’t overhaul Anderson and had to settle for second place, but she also picked up the Schools Abroad Trophy for the fastest under-18.

Nicole Ritchie (1:35.70) finished third and collected the Ladies’ Ski Club Challenge Cup for the highest-finishing non-team skier.

Anderson said that after suffering an injury at the World Championships she was battling to feel good in the technical events but was able to put it aside today to take the win.

“Slalom’s been quite painful in training, but in the race I didn’t really think about it” said Anderson. “The first run was a bit sketchy, there was a lot of people coming out so I just took it a bit more cautious than I should have, so I thought I’d send it a bit more in the second run and it paid off.”

The 20-year-old said while it was great to take the gold, it was disappointing that Britain’s number one ranked slalom skier couldn’t make it to Tignes.

“I was really looking forward to Charlie [Guest] being here – she had been skiing so well and she’s been on form. When I was at World Champs with her and training with her it was really nice.”

** There will be no competitive action in Tignes tomorrow with the forecast of heavy snowfall overnight and on Thursday. If conditions clear, the men’s slalom and ladies’ giant slalom national championships will be contested on Friday.

 

2019 DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tignes, France

Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

National Championship – Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup
1st       Charlie Raposo                       1:49.00

2nd      Jack Gower                             1:49.05

3rd       Iain Innes                                1:49.27

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Palmer Tomkinson Trophy
1st       Euan Kick                                1.53.42

Fastest Under-18 – Gordon Skiers Cup
1st       Owen Vinter                            1:51.05

 

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championship

National Championship – Evie Pinching Salver
1st       Jess Anderson                        1:34.59

2nd      Daisi Daniels                           1:35.00

3rd       Nicole Ritchie                          1:35.70

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Ladies’ Ski Club Challenge Cup
1st       Nicole Ritchie                          1:35.70

Fastest Under-18 – Schools Abroad Trophy
1st       Daisi Daniels                           1:35.00

BROOKES & COCKRELL WIN BUT MOTHER NATURE RULES THE DAY

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With a big weather front on the horizon, it was hoped that it would only affect one day of competition, but the early arrival of the wind shortened today’s Picture Big Air British Championship to one breezy run.

Battling the elements and coming out on top were 2018 champions Billy Cockrell and Mia Brookes.

A cloudy morning welcomed riders on the Crap Sogn Gion, but as they cleared it looked as though conditions would be favourable for competition on Laax’s biggest hits. With a short delay to allow more practice, the big guns showed that they were firing, and the crowds and riders were amped for more in the competition.

But it wasn’t to be.

As the runs progressed, flags began to extend and by the time the biggest names in men’s UK kicker-riding dropped, they could not reach the speeds required for the largest kicker, limiting their air time. But what they lost in amplitude, they added in style, and all those who stood on the podium did so deservedly.

In the men’s contest it was close but no cigar for Matt McCormick, who took the silver as history repeated itself for the man ahead of him. Both McCormick and victor Billy Cockrell pulled backside 720 mutes off the medium kicker, but Cockrell’s was deemed the cleaner by a tiny margin. Just a single point split the GB Park+Pipe athletes, highlighting the strength and depth in the squad.

Fraser Jamieson took the bronze medal with a cranked 720 japan.

“I was happy with the win today, it was hard conditions and they weren’t the same as last years, so a very different comp,” said Cockrell, named by GB Park+Pipe coaches as their most improved rider of 2019. “Still a good one and great to shred with everyone.”

The women’s contest had the advantage of dropping first, and most of the riders avoided the higher winds that later stopped the contest. Making full use of her place at the stop of the start list was 12-year-old phenom Mia Brookes who stomped a huge backsdie 720, opening the contest in style and nailing the win for the second year on the trot.

Silver went to yesterday’s boardercross champ Maisie Hill, who’s towering frontside 540 wasn’t clean enough to overhaul Brookes. Bronze went to the 2018 slopestyle champ Cerys Allen, who will be looking to add to her medal collection when we return to the Laax snowpark later in the week.

Brookes, who invested last year’s winnings in some new Lego, was asked what she would do with this prize: “Buy a car, a mark 1 VW Caddy! And I’m gonna fill the back with Star Wars Lego…”

Having lost the title he had held for three years, BBC’s Ed Leigh was looking for redemption after his boardercross result yesterday. With a go big or go home mentality, he dropped into the Masters category and showed that dads can still get rad with an enormous laid out backflip over the sizeable medium kicker. With wins for his wife Sian and daughter Suki in the women’s masters and under 16s respectively, and a silver for son Oscar, it will be the household to celebrate with in Laax tonight!

 

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NEW NAMES CLAIM SKI CROSS GOLD AT THE BRITS

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Olympians and Junior World Champions have graced the ski cross podium in recent year at The BRITS but it was a host of teenagers which took centre stage today in an event which rewarded raw speed over cunning and tactics.

With conditions closing in, there was always the chance the ski cross titles would be determined by qualifying times alone, and so it ended up with the weather causing the cancellation of the head to head knockout rounds.

In the end it was a genuine young gun, 13-year-old Octavia Steiger who set the fastest qualifying time (57.77) which was enough to earn her top spot on the podium.

She edged Emily Keen (58.93) by just over a second while Imogen Smith (1:00.42) was third).

The race was good, conditions were tough but I thought I handled them well and it was very fun,” said Steiger. “The course was fun, it was different to last year which was good. It was challenging; it was a bit slow given the conditions but it was good.

“It was hard because it all had to be done on qualification times which is difficult. It’s hard because you don’t know where you are compared to everyone else but I think everyone handled it fairly well today.

British Junior World Championships representative cast a dominant figure in the men’s ski cross qualifying with his first run qualifying time of 53.67 setting an advantage of almost three seconds on the rest of the field.

While Tommy Dade (55.40) closed the margin by more than a second on the final run, Bingham’s time stood strong to hold onto the gold medal. Patrick Young (57.55) was a further two seconds back in third.

“I thought the course was really great,” said Bingham. “A great competition as always and such a good way to finish off the season.

“I’m delighted to be British champion. I took part in the Junior Worlds in Austria before this so it was just a great way to finish off the season.”

 

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ANDREW YOUNG AWARDED WORLD CUP PODIUM AFTER SUCCESSFUL APPEAL

Posted on 03/04/19 by Rare Management

British skier Andrew Young has scored a rare cross country World Cup podium following a successful appeal of the results of the final race of the season in Quebec.

Young was originally placed fourth in the ‘winner of the day’ stage which closed out the 15km pursuit at the World Cup Finals on Sunday 24 March. American skier Simeon Hamilton was placed third despite starting the race in the same wave as Young and finishing behind the Brit at the finish line.

GB Snowsport officially contested the race results with FIS Appeals Commission for cross country today confirming that the appeal had been upheld.

Subsequently, FIS will be recalculating the timings from the event with Andrew Young elevated to third place and the relevant FIS points and prizemoney will be distributed accordingly.

“By their own admission FIS indicated in their decision that there is some confusion in the rules as to how the result was originally calculated,” said Dan Hunt, GB Snowsport performance director. “Importantly, there’s mechanisms in place to try and get the result corrected and we’re pleased that the Appeals Commission saw it the same way we did.

“It doesn’t give Andrew that podium moment back, but the recognition of him earning a top three place at a World Cup is ultimately what the appeal was all about and we achieved what we set out to do.”

The result is easily Young’s best in distance races at World Cup level and marks his second World Cup podium after finishing third in a sprint event in Italy in December 2015. It is just the fifth podium in cross country World Cup history for a British skier.

“It’s fantastic news that they’ve come around,” said Young. “It was all quite bizarre – you feel like you’ve worked pretty hard to get onto the podium but you hope common sense will prevail.

“Definitely one of the goals of the season was to get World Cup points in distance skiing, not just the sprints, so to now get a podium, it’s really satisfying to get that done.”

Young said that achieving such a groundbreaking result at the tail end of the season provides a wealth of motivation heading into the summer.

“When you get a good result before Christmas, sometimes that’s forgotten if you don’t finish off the season well, but to get a top three at World Cup Finals, it definitely gives you a bit more motivation and I’m already thinking of things we can do once the first of May comes around and we’re back at it.”

BROWN & INNES CLAIM THIRD-STRAIGHT SUPER G TITLES

Posted on 02/04/19 by Rare Management

The defending champions dominated the top step of the super G podium at the national championships today on a course which challenged even the best skiers in the field. Cara Brown and Iain Innes defended their national titles, with both skiers writing their name on the respective trophies for the third-straight year.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cara Brown has made a perfect start to her week in Tignes, taking out her second title in as many days and defending the Sir John Ritblat Trophy for the super G national title.

Fresh from victory in yesterday’s downhill, Brown was once again first down the piste this morning and set a pace that could not be overcome.

Brown (1:27.22) claimed her third consecutive title ahead of 16-year-old Daisi Daniels (1:28.88) while Abi Bruce (1:28.88) finished third.

“Yesterday I wanted bib #1, but today I did not want bib #1 because the snow really changed between inspection and the race starting, so our line actually changed at the bottom,” said Brown. “Obviously I didn’t know that because I was bib #1 so I threw away more speed than I wanted to and when I came into the finish I thought ‘no, that’s never going to hold’.

“I guess it was a bit of a fight and I managed to get it in the finish today.”

Brown, who was denied a chance of a fifth-straight overall title in 2018 after breaking her leg in downhill practice, said her experience played a role in successfully adjusting to the conditions.

“I don’t really panic in Super G anymore,” she said. “As long as you know where the gates are, and if the speed’s higher than you expect or lower than you expect, then I know where to adjust my line now which is good.

“My biggest mistake this morning was I went too round; I thought the speeds were going to be higher than they were and then I didn’t make the adjustment quick enough so that’s why my top split this morning was really slow. Luckily I made up a bit here at the bottom, I’m not sure how!”

In addition to her silver medal, Daniels also picked up the Ingham Trophy for the top under-18 while Katie Stuart (1:31.51) won the BASI Salver for the best non-team athlete.

In the men’s race, Iain Innes defended the super G national title he shared with Charlie Raposo in 2018 to once again write his name on the British Land Trophy.

British number one and yesterday’s downhill champion Jack Gower set a scintillating pace through the first two-thirds of the course but came unstuck with three gates remaining to cruel his chances of raising another trophy in Tignes.

Innes (1:24.77) claimed the national title for a third-straight year ahead of downhill runner-up Roy-Alexander Steudle (1:25.05) and Owen Vinter (1:26.66).

The 20-year-old knew he’d have his work cut out for him against higher-ranked skiers today but used it as motivation to perform.

“I’m genuinely surprised this year; with Jack and Roy here who are obviously more speed-oriented there was a lot more competition than last year which really pushed me,” said Innes. “They both got me yesterday but it pushed me to do well in the national championship race.

“With it being such a high-level race and there’s good FIS points up for grabs everyone wants to push the limits but I knew from inspection today I wanted to ski a little bit smarter. It may not feel as nice, it’s going to feel messy, it doesn’t feel like you’re really going for it, but I think particularly for the bottom section today it was definitely the right thing to do.”

Innes said that while his results this year haven’t been a true reflection of the progress he has made in training, the national championships brings out his best form year after year.

“I don’t know if it’s the added pressure or what, but every year I seem to come here and do well,” he said. “This season’s been good; I’ve been skiing really well in training but not really got many race results. I got a few scores in China at the start of the season but in the European winter I’ve really not managed to get everything to come together.

“There’s so many things that need to line up in a race, everything needs to be working perfectly like a well-oiled machine and I just hadn’t quite figured it out. Maybe when I come here there’s a little bit of pressure and it ups the ante a little and things have clicked the last few days.”

Steudle was the fastest non-team skier for the second day in a row to win the BASI Salver, while Vinter added Under 18 Shield to his bronze medal.

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The National Junior Championships results for the super G echoed those from the downhill with Iain Innes and Sarah Woodward claiming victory in the under 21 category, while Owen Vinter and Woodward won the under 18s.

Innes (1:27.12) defended his National Junior Championship to once again win the Kandahar Commonwealth Cup ahead of Vinter (1:29.14) and Edouard Guigonnet (1:31.45) who finished third.

Vinter also collected the STS Shield for the fastest under-18 ahead of Guigonnet and Tom Hudson (1:31.87).

Woodward (1:31.71) won her second National Junior Championship in as many days to claim the Walter Hutchison Challenge ahead of Jess Anderson (1:32.48) and Abi Bruce (1:32.96).

Woodward also won the STS Shield for the under-18 crown ahead of Daisi Daniels (1:33.39) and Olivia Foster (1:34.06).

** With poor weather expected later in the week, Thursday’s events have now been scheduled for Wednesday and will feature the national championships for the Howden Men’s Giant Slalom and Howden Ladies’ Slalom.

 

2019 DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tignes, France

Tuesday 2 April – Super G National Championship Results

Men’s National Championship                                Ladies’ National Championship
1st       Iain Innes                                1:24.77            1st       Cara Brown                        1:27.22

2nd      Roy-Alexander Steudle           1:25.05            2nd      Daisi Daniels                        1:28.34

3rd       Owen Vinter                            1:26.66            3rd       Abi Bruce                        1:28.88

Men’s Fastest Non-Team Athlete                            Ladies’ Fastest Non-Team Athlete
1st       Roy-Alexander Steudle           1:25.05            1st       Katie Stuart                        1:31.51

Men’s Fastest Under-18                                           Ladies’ Fastest Under-18
1st       Owen Vinter                            1:26.66            1st       Daisi Daniels                        1:28.34

Monday 2 April – Super G National Junior Championship Results

Men’s National Junior Championship                    Ladies’ National Junior Championship
1st       Iain Innes                                1:27.12            1st       Sarah Woodward       1:31.71

2nd      Owen Vinter                            1:29.14            2nd      Jess Anderson         1:32.48

3rd       Edouard Guigonnet                 1:31.45            3rd       Abi Bruce                        1:32.96

Men’s Fastest Under-18s                                         Ladies’ Fastest Under 18s
1st       Owen Vinter                            1:29.14            1st       Sarah Woodward       1:31.71

2nd      Edouard Guigonnet                 1:31.45            2nd      Daisi Daniels                        1:33.39

3rd       Tom Hudson                           1:31.87            3rd       Olivia Foster                        1:34.06

GB Teams selected for Junior World Championships – Moguls and Park & Pipe

Posted on 01/04/19 by Rare Management

GB Snowsport is pleased to announce the athletes which have been selected to compete early next month at the Junior World Championships for moguls and park and pipe.

The moguls Junior World Championship will take place in Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April.

Leading the GB Moguls squad will be Makayla Gerken Schofield, who has twice finished in the top five at the Junior World Championships. The 19-year-old is coming off the best season of her career having finished inside the top 20 on the World Cup standings and scoring three Europa Cup podiums from her last three events, including a victory.

Gerken Schofield is joined in the ladies’ moguls events by Skyler Nunn who competes predominantly in North America. This is her second trip to the Junior World Championships after achieving two top-20 results in 2018.

Will Feneley is the only GB Moguls athlete lining up in the men’s event at the end of his first season of major international competitions. Feneley heads to his sixth consecutive Junior World Championships at the end of a season which has seen his first appearance at the World Cup and World Championships as well as two Europa Cup podiums.

While the halfpipe Junior World Championships were held in Switzerland in January where Connie Brogden topped the podium, the big air and slopestyle titles will be decided in Klaeppen, Sweden from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 April.

Two skiers and four snowboarders will be targeting the event with a number of athletes achieving milestone results during the season.

Fourteen-year-old Kirsty Muir competed at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand where she achieved three top 10 results. She has since had another strong season competing in her first three Europa Cup events which have brought her three podium performances including a slopestyle victory last week in Livigno.

Jasper Klein also joined Muir in Cardrona where his best result came with 13th place in Big Air. Klein’s best open event result also came in last week’s Europa Cup in Livigno where he scored 19th in slopestyle.

European Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Gabe Adams leads the snowboard contingent fresh from sixth place at the World Rookie Tour finals in Austria this weekend. He is joined in the male competition by Team GB EYOF teammate Ethan Smith.

Another EYOF team member – Luca Mai Lane Hopkins – will compete alongside Ethan’s sister Hollie Smith in the female snowboard events.

Congratulations to all athletes who have been selected, and good luck in Italy and Sweden.

2019 FIS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy & Klaeppen, Sweden

Friday 5 April – Moguls
Saturday 6 April – Dual Moguls
Sunday 7 April – Ski Slopestyle Qualifying
Monday 8 April – Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying
Tuesday 9 April – Ski Slopestyle & Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
Thursday 11 April – Ski Big Air Qualifying
Friday 12 April – Snowboard Big Air Qualifying
Saturday 13 April – Ski Big Air & Snowboard Big Air Finals

 

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