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GB SQUAD SELECTED FOR SKI CROSS & SNOWBOARD CROSS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted on 14/03/19 by Rare Management

GB Snowsport is pleased to announce the ski cross and snowboard cross squads which have been selected to compete at the 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Junior World Championships at Prinoth Crosspark in Reiteralm, Austria.

2018 bronze medallist Elianne Hall will be chasing another podium in ladies’ ski cross and will be joined in the event by Zoe Winthrop, Faith Davie and Alannah Lawrie.

Reigning men’s Junior World Champion Ollie Davies doesn’t qualify for the event this season, however GB will be strongly represented in men’s ski cross by Mathi Avent, Seb Ison, Jonathan Bingham, Nick Bingham, Owen Johns and Gregory Baillie.

In snowboard cross, Hannah Hall – younger sister of Elliane – will compete in the ladies event while 2018 British champion Huw Nightingale will be in the men’s race.

Ski cross is scheduled to take place on 29 March with snowboard cross on 1 April.

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

DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO TIGNES IN 2019

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The Delancey GB Alpine Championships (formerly the British National Alpine Ski Championships) are back in Tignes, France in 2019 with action ready to get underway at the end of the month.

The Championships will commence on Sunday 31 March with racing continuing throughout the first two weeks in April. The National Championship and National Junior Championship races will run through to Sunday 7 April, with the GB Para Alpine Championships also taking place on 6-7 April.

The children’s week of races (U10 to U16) will then commence during the UK school-term break on Monday 8 April and continue through to the following Friday.

“We are delighted to be returning to the excellent resort of Tignes for the Delancey GB Alpine Championships 2019,” said Jamie Ritblat, founder and CEO of Delancey. “It makes us immensely proud to see British athletes in action and we look forward to watching the Alpine team compete in Tignes.

“We will also witness some of the best young talents in British snowsports during the Children’s Champs, in what is an exciting, fun week for our young athletes. We hope you can join us in Tignes to cheer them on and experience this annual world-class British Alpine event.”

2019 also marks the fifth-straight time that the event will be in Tignes with the resort always improving the quality of the competition venue.

“The Stade in Val Claret has become the home of the Championships for most of the past decade and we couldn’t be happier to once again be back working with the wonderful crew in Tignes,” said Paul Trayner, GB Alpine Manager and Chief of Championships.

“We’re blessed with a venue which has recently invested heavily in their racing infrastructure, evidenced by the successful Europa Cup events which it hosted this season.

“There’s already been some really positive discussions about keeping Tignes as the home of the GB Alpine Championships in 2020 and beyond and I’m sure this year’s event will once again be a memorable one.”

For event information including entry details, follow these links:

Throughout the event, all results will be posted on GB Snowsport’s website and digital channels and the event can be followed on social media using #GBAlpineChamps.

BRITS CLAIM MORE TOP TENS AND PODIUMS

Posted on 04/03/19 by Rare Management

The already-impressive season for GB Snowsport continues across the disciplines with World Championship top 10s being backed up by podium performances in para snowboard, alpine, park & pipe and cross country.

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March
City Sprint Series, Beijing CHN – Friday 1 to Monday 4 March

Andrew Musgrave capped a fantastic World Championships with another top 10 result in the 50km race on Sunday.

Musgrave stayed with a large group fighting for the bronze medal around one minute behind the winner, eventually finishing in eighth having earned fourth place in the same event two years ago. Andrew Young overcame a broken pole mid-race to finish in 38th.

Musgrave leaves Seefeld with three top 10 results from as many events at the World Championships after finishing eighth in the 15km and seventh in the skiathlon.

Meanwhile, three British skiers headed to China for the Beijing City Sprint series, competing in three races in four days.

James Clugnet’s added some further polish to his breakthrough season when he won Friday’s race in the shadow of Beijing’s Birds’ Nest stadium, finished third on Saturday then claimed second place today. The results left him in second place overall for the series.

Nichole Bathe’s best result came on Friday when she was 14th on her way to 19th overall, while Annika Taylor’s highest finish was 15th in today’s race which helped her to 21st for the series.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD
World Cup, La Molina ESP – Friday 1 to Saturday 2 March

PyeongChang Paralympian Owen Pick has returned to World Cup action in fantastic fashion, finishing third in today’s snowboard cross race in Spain.

It is the fifth time he has earned a place on the World Cup podium, with today’s result the third time he has gained a top three result in snowboard cross.

Another snowboard cross World Cup will take place tomorrow with banked slalom races on Thursday and Friday.


SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS
World Cup, Bequeira Beret ESP – Friday 1 to Saturday 2 March
Europa Cup, Dolni Morava CZE – Friday 1 March
Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk RUS – Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 March

Charlotte Bankes continued her strong season with sixth place in Saturday morning’s snowboard cross World Cup in Spain.

The World Championship silver medallist was fifth in qualifying on Friday and came from behind to win her quarter-final. Unfortunately she missed out on a top two finish in the semi before finishing second in the small final.

At Winter Universiade, Douglas Green (Robert Gordon University) finished 25th in snowboard cross qualifying and was unable to progress to the semi-finals.

At the weekend’s ski cross events in the Czech Republic, Alannah Lawrie was the best-performing athlete with 16th in Friday’s Europa Cup and 13th in Saturday’s FIS race.


MOGULS
World Cup, Shymbaluk KAZ – Saturday 2 March

The moguls World Cup wrapped up in Kazakhstan on Saturday, completing a solid season for the GB team.

Makayla Gerken Schofield finished 19th in the ladies’ event, helping her to finish the World Cup season in 19th on the overall standings.

Max Willis was 21st and Thomas Gerken Schofield 22nd in the men’s event. That left Thomas in 21st place overall and Max in 32nd. Wil Willis DNF’d in Saturday’s event while Sunday’s dual moguls was cancelled due to poor weather.


ALPINE SKIING
World Cup, Kvitfjell NOR – Fri 1 to Sun 3 March
Europa Cups, Oberjoch GER/Jasna SVK – Thu 28 February to Sun 3 March

Charlie Guest scored one of the best results of her career on Sunday when she finished second in the Europa Cup slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.

The 25-year-old’s second run was more than half a second faster than her nearest opponent, with Guest only beaten by eight-time World Cup winner and world giant slalom champion Petra Vhlova.

There were also strong results in Slovenia yesterday when Laurie Taylor won a FIS slalom race with Robert Poth third, while Victoria Palla was fourth in the ladies’ race. Then today, Taylor backed it up with another win while Poth made it a British one-two by moving up another position on the podium.

At the weekend’s World Cup in Norway, Jack Gower finished 55th in Saturday’s downhill before earning 43rd place in Sunday’s super G.


PARK & PIPE
USA Rev Tour, Seven Springs USA – Thursday 28 February to Friday 1 March
World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 March
Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk RUS – Wednesday 6 March

Ski halfpipe junior world champion Connie Brogden scored a pair of victories at the US Revolution Tour at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on the weekend. Having already earned four top-six Rev Tour results including two podiums, the 17-year-old won Thursday’s halfpipe before matching the result in Friday’s slopestyle.

World Cup action is also taking place this weekend with seven GB Park & Pipe skiers and snowboarders competing at Mammoth Mountain. New world champion James Woods, Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin and Sam Ward will compete in ski slopestyle (qualifying Thursday, finals Saturday), while Zoe Atkin, Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon and Ward will be in ski halfpipe (qualifying Wednesday, finals Friday). Matt McCormick and Jamie Nicholls will compete in snowboard slopestyle (qualifying Wednesday, finals Friday).

And in Russia, Harris Booth (University of Glasgow) is flying the flag at Winter Universiade this week, competing in ski slopestyle on Wednesday.

WORLD CHAMPS CONTINUE THIS WEEK IN USA AND SWEDEN

Posted on 04/02/19 by Rare Management

Medals to Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin headlined GB’s opening weekend of the freestyle skiing and snowboard World Championships, and while there are more medal opportunities this week in Utah, the alpine World Championships also begin in Sweden.

Note: BBC is screening both the Freestyle Skiing & Snowboard and Alpine World Championships on the Red Button and other digital channels. See the viewing schedule here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/46831231. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.

 

FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Park City USA – Thu 31 January to Sun 10 February

In two of the first medal events of the World Championships, Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin launched GB’s campaign into action with a pair of podium performances.

Bankes put the icing on an already-impressive maiden season in GB colours when she achieved second in the snowboard cross final on Friday. Izzy Atkin safely qualified through to the ski big air final on Saturday, before stomping two solid runs to finish third.

See Charlotte Bankes Final here: https://youtu.be/uxWAwjxz5kQ

Watch Izzy Atkin’s bronze medal runs here: https://youtu.be/g2vPBQGYs_c

In the men’s ski big air, James Woods was unable to reproduce the form which took him to the X-Games podium a week ago. He and Chris McCormick failed to move through from their heat but still have an opportunity to make amends later this week.

Woods, McCormick and Atkin will line up tomorrow in qualifying for ski slopestyle, aiming to win through to Wednesday’s finals.

Tomorrow will also see Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick compete in the snowboard big air competition. It will be Coultas’ first event since missing out on the Olympic big air final by half a point nearly a year ago, while McCormick is fresh from a career-best World Cup slopestyle performance after finishing eighth at Seiser Alm in January.

On Thursday, freestyle action will move to the halfpipe where Sam Ward and Izzy Atkin’s younger sister Zoe will attempt to qualify for Friday’s final.

** Bankes has already headed back to Europe and will contest the snowboard cross World Cup in Germany from Friday alongside Maisie Potter.

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

Jack Gower will be the first GB Alpine skier to hit the competition piste at this year’s World Championships when he takes part in Wednesay’s men’s super G.

Gower scored his best super G World Cup result in Kitzbühel at the end of January and will be hoping to carry that form through to his World Championships programme which also includes downhill, alpine combined and giant slalom.

He is the only GB skier contesting speed events in Åre with the bulk of the squad lining up in the technical disciplines next week.

** World Cup skier Laurie Taylor competed at today’s Europa Cup slalom in Gstaad, Switzerland where he finished 12th. Placed 23rd after the first run, Taylor then proceeded to send down the second-fastest second run to move up 11 places. He will contest another Europa Cup slalom at the same venue tomorrow before heading to the World Championships.

 

NORWEGIAN CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Meraaker NOR – Thu 31 January to Sat 2 February

GB Cross Country scored some strong results at this year’s Norwegian National Championships in Meraaker over the weekend.

In Thursday’s classic races, Andrew Musgrave finished ninth in the men’s 15km, while in the ladies’ 10km Annika Taylor was 20th and Nichole Bathe 26th.

On Friday, Andrew Young brought back memories of Musgrave’s title-winning effort in 2014 when he was tenth in the sprint prologue before winning through to the semis and then final. Young finished fifth to confirm his sprinting form this season.

Bathe (19th) and Taylor (21st) both qualified through the prologue into the heats but were unable to win through to the semi-finals.

In Saturday’s skiathlon, Musgrave was with the leading group for the majority of the race, eventually finishing 16th, while in the women’s race Bathe finished 26th.

IZZY ATKIN CREATES HISTORY AT WORLD CHAMPS

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Izzy Atkin has written another line in the GB Snowsport history books following a medal-winning performance on Sunday in Utah.

After claiming slopestyle medals at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Atkin finished third in the inaugural ski big air World Championship. It is GB’s second medal of the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Championships following Charlotte Bankes’ snowboard cross silver on Friday.

A tough qualifying session saw just one of last week’s X-Games medallists through to the final eight, but Atkin safely moved on with the fifth-highest score.

In the final, 17-year-old Tess Ledaux (FRA, 184.75) sent down three of the four-highest scoring runs to clearly claim gold ahead of Park City local Julia Krass (USA, 173.75), while Atkin (168.75) edged out 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medallist Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) for bronze by just one point.

Having not competed in a major big air competition for almost two years, Sunday’s result will give Atkin plenty of confidence for her preferred slopestyle event later in the week, while also serving notice ahead of ski big air’s first appearance at the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.

“I’m really happy with the way I skied,” said Atkin. “I wasn’t expecting to be on the podium so this feels amazing. Thank you so much to everyone for all the support.”

Earlier in the day, James Woods was unable to reproduce the form which took him to the X-Games big air podium last week, missing out on qualifying for the big air final alongside fellow Brit Chris McCormick.

Ollie Davies, Emma Peters and Emily Sarsfield were also in action on day three of the World Championships in the knockout stages of ski cross but failed to win past the round of 32.

GB TEAM SELECTED FOR WORLD FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted on 29/01/19 by Rare Management

GB Snowsport is pleased to announce the squad which has been selected to compete at the 2019 World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Championships in Park City, USA from 31 January to 10 February.

The squad includes two reigning World Championship medallists: a reigning Junior World Champion, four World Cup winners, two X-Games medallists, an Olympic medallist, six Olympians, and four sets of siblings.

Freeskiers Izzy Atkin and James Woods both picked up bronze medals in slopestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Spain and head to Utah on the back of strong recent performances at the X-Games in Colorado.

Atkin and Woods will compete in their respective slopestyle and big air events alongside Chris McCormick who is taking part in his first World Championships. Izzy’s younger sister Zoe Atkin will compete in the ladies’ ski halfpipe and Sam Ward will ski the men’s halfpipe.

Chris’ older brother Matt McCormick will also be in Park City competing in snowboard slopestyle and big air alongside 2018 Olympian Rowan Coultas. Two-time Olympic snowboarder Jamie Nicholls will compete in snowboard slopestyle.

Aside from the park and pipe disciplines, GB is sending a strong team in ski cross, snowboard cross and moguls.

Charlotte Bankes (snowboard cross) will compete at her first World Championships in British colours since transferring from France earlier this season. A 2017 medallist in the team event, Bankes is chasing her first individual World Championships medal at the World Championships and is in good form following a World Cup podium and three Europa Cup victories.

Junior World Champion Ollie Davies scored his best World Cup result on the weekend and is the only GB male ski cross competitor at the World Championships. Emma Peters and 2018 Olympian Emily Sarsfield are in the ladies’ event.

Two more sets of siblings will feature in the moguls events: Thomas and Makayla Gerken Schofield and Wil and Max Willis. They will also be joined in the individual and dual moguls by Will Feneley who made his World Cup debut last weekend.

The World Championships will be broadcast by BBC on the red button, connected TV, iPlayer from this Friday.

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

 

2019 WORLD FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (GB athlete events only)

Thu 31 January: Snowboard Cross qualifying (Charlotte Bankes)

Fri 1 February: Snowboard Cross final (if qualified: Charlotte Bankes)

Fri 1 February: Ski Cross qualifying (Ollie Davies; Emma Peters, Emily Sarsfield)

Sat 2 February: Ski Big Air qualifying and final (Chris McCormick, James Woods; Izzy Atkin)

Sat 2 February: Ski Cross finals (if qualified: Ollie Davies; Emma Peters, Emily Sarsfield)

Tue 5 February: Ski Slopestyle qualifying (Chris McCormick, James Woods; Izzy Atkin)

Tue 5 February: Snowboard Big Air qualifying and final (Rowan Coultas, Matt McCormick)

Wed 6 February: Ski Slopestyle final (if qualified: Chris McCormick, James Woods; Izzy Atkin)

Thu 7 February: Ski Halfpipe qualifying (Sam Ward; Zoe Atkin)

Fri 8 February: Moguls (Thomas Gerken Schofield, Will Feneley, Max Willis, Wil Willis; Makayla Gerken Schofield)

Sat 9 February: Dual Moguls (Thomas Gerken Schofield, Will Feneley, Max Willis, Wil Willis; Makayla Gerken Schofield)

Sat 9 February: Ski Halfpipe final (if qualified: Sam Ward; Zoe Atkin)

Sat 9 February: Snowboard Slopestyle qualifying (Rowan Coultas, Matt McCormick, Jamie Nicholls)

Sun 10 February: Snowboard Slopestyle final (if qualified: Rowan Coultas, Matt McCormick, Jamie Nicholls)

** dates subject to change due to weather; follow FIS social media for schedule changes

MORE SILVERWARE FOR FITZPATRICK & KEHOE

Posted on 25/01/19 by Rare Management

After opening the Para Alpine World Championships with bronze in Tuesday’s giant slalom, Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe have gone one better by finishing second in today’s slalom.

The British pair were in third place after the first run, but within striking distance of the top two and in a strong position to again finish on the podium. However when Australia’s Melissa Perinne – who led after the first run – made a mistake in the closing stages of the second run, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe found themselves in the silver medal position.

Women’s Slalom at the WPAS_2019 Alpine Skiing World Championships, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkašová (guide: Natália Šubrtová) claimed the gold medal in a reversal of the 2018 Paralympics result when Fitzpatrick and Kehoe were victorious. Perrine (guide: Bobbi Kelly) claimed the bronze medal less than two seconds ahead of Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith who matched their giant slalom result to finished in fourth.

Women’s Slalom at the WPAS_2019 Alpine Skiing World Championships, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

For Fitzpatrick and Kehoe, their silver medal improved their previous World Championship slalom result of best of fourth from 2017.

“We really just wanted to put down two solid runs and see how it ended up,” said Kehoe. “Then after the first run, the top three were really close so we had another chat and we still just wanted to put down a strong, safe run and not risk it too much because there was a good chance one of the other two might make a mistake and that’s what happened so we’re really happy with the result.”

Yesterday, James Whitley finished eighth in the men’s standing slalom, falling just short of his 2017 result when he was seventh. Neil Simpson (and guide Jamie Robertson) recorded a DNF in the first run of the visually impaired category.

The World Para Alpine Championships now move to Sella Nevea, Italy where the speed events will be held starting downhill on Tuesday, followed by super combined (Thu 31 Jan) and super G (Fri 1 Feb).

“We were there a couple of weeks ago and it’s a really fun hill,” said Fitzpatrick. “There’s a good feeling in the group so it will be great to get to Italy and get going again.”

Live results: https://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/live-results

BRITS TAKE ON THE WORLD AS SEASON HITS TOP GEAR

Posted on 18/01/19 by Rare Management

From now until the end of the season the snowsport action will not let up, with the opening World and Junior World Championships of 2019 set to take place alongside a host of World, Europa and Nor-Am Cup events.

In this week’s preview we will look at what’s coming up in the days ahead for each discipline and also go back through the key events of the past week.

   

ALPINE

World Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Tuesday 15 January: Alex Tilley recorded her best result of the season and one her career-best World Cup finishes at Tuesday’s giant slalom World Cup in Italy. Tilley was 22nd on the first run then put down the 15th-best second run to climb to 20th. She has only ever finished higher twice at World Cup level.

Invitational slalom, Crans-Montana SUI – Wednesday 16 January: Some of the world’s best slalom skiers converged on Crans-Montana on Wednesday night to participate in an invitational night event. French young gun Clement Noel led the all-star field through the two runs with GB Alpine’s Dave Ryding finishing second ahead of Julien Lizerouz, Andrew Myhrer and Marc Rochat.

Europa Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Thursday 17 January: World Cup skiers Charlie Raposo (35th) and Jack Gower (46th) were the highest-finishing British skiers at Tuesday’s Europa Cup in Italy. Competing in just his second-ever Europa Cup – and the first of this season – Iain Innes recorded a DNF on his first run.

World Cup slalom, Wengen AUT – Sunday 20 January: Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor return to action on Sunday in Austria with just three World Cup events remaining before February’s World Championships. The pair will be looking to bounce back after they both crashed out in the first run of last Sunday’s event in Adelboden and Ryding will be buoyed by his night slalom victory earlier this week at the Crans-Montana invitational.

The Wengen World Cup slalom will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from Sunday 9am (1st run) and 11:45am (2nd run).

CROSS COUNTRY

Norwegian Cup, Nes NOR – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: After a fantastic weekend in Dresden, GB Cross Country have bypassed this week’s World Cup in Estonia in favour of the Norwegian Cup races in Nes Skianlegg. All four British skiers – Andrew Young (3rd), James Clugnet (7th), Annika Taylor (6th) and Nichole Bathe (22nd) – made it through the prologue, however only Young qualified for the semi-finals. The three-time Olympian was then second in his semi before finishing fifth in the final.

While Clugnet will head to the World U23 Championships in Finland after today’s race, the remaining athletes will compete in distance classic (Saturday) and free skate (Sunday) events over the weekend.

U23/Junior World Championships, Lahti FIN – Sun 20 to Fri 25 [=][: A small contingent will represent GB Cross Country at the World U23 & Junior World Championships in Finland next week. James Clugnet and Hamish Wolfe will compete in the U23s while Oliver Newman will take part in the Junior (U20) events.

The Championships kick off on Sunday when Newman takes part in the Junior sprint classic, and he will also compete in the 10km free (Tue 22 Jan) and 30km classic mass start (Thu 24 Jan). Clugnet and Wolfe will take part in the U23 sprint classic on Monday and 15km free on Wednesday, while Wolfe will also enter the 30km classic mass start (Fri 25 Jan).

 

PARK & PIPE

World Cup snowboard slopestyle, Laax SUI – Wed 16 to Fri 18 January: Jamie Nicholls hadn’t competed at the highest level since last year’s Olympics but he showed glimpses of his class this week in Laax. After qualifying through Wednesday’s heats in impressive fashion, the two-time Olympian was unable to reproduce that form in today’s semi-finals, finishing in 22nd position overall.

Europa Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Snowboarder Matt McCormick and freeskier Harris Booth both came away from the midweek Europa Cup in Austria with success which took them to the podium. On Wednesday the pair both qualified through to their respective slopestyle finals and picked up a pair of third places. McCormick went one better yesterday with second in the big air however Booth was unable to land a jump in the final on his way to 11th.

Other midweek events: There was more success for GB Park+Pipe this week at a number of events. At the World Rookie Tour in Livigno, snowboarders Maisie Hill (rookie) and Mia Brookes (grom) both picked up second place finishes. Top five results were also recorded by Amber Fennell (4th, grom) and Gabe Adams (5th, rookie).

Freeskier Cal Sandieson was fifth at a FIS slopestyle event in Meribel and Connie Brogden was fourth at the Elite Rev Tour at Waterville, New Hampshire. Brogden will compete in a second slopestyle event later today.

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

World Cup ski cross, Idre Fjall SWE – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: Ollie Davies was the sole British competitor in action at the Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden today. Despite strong times in practice, Davies was unable to turn that into a top 32 qualification for either Saturday’s or Sunday’s elimination rounds.

Nor-Am Cup ski cross, Calabogie Peaks CAN – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January : A trio of British skiers are taking to the Nor-Am Cup in Canada this week. World Junior bronze medallist Elliane Hall is joined by 2018 Olympian Emily Sarsfield and World Cup skier Emma Peters in qualifying today ahead of two races across the weekend.

Europa Cup snowboard cross, Grasgehren GER: While Charlotte Bankes is not competing in Germany after taking out both of last week’s Europa Cup races in France, a trio of British riders will be in action. Maisie Potter will fly the British flag in the ladies’ races after an impressive fourth-place finish last week, while Kyle Wise and Chris Gregory are in the men’s events.

 

PARA ALPINE

World Cup slalom, Zagreb CRO – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith produced the best result from the GB team at the Para Alpine World Cup in Zagreb this week. Gallgher and Smith were third in Wednesday’s slalom, while teammates Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe’s best result came yesterday with fourth. Sixteen-year-old Neil Simpson continued his good season with a pair of fourth-place finishes with guide Jamie Robertson while PyeongChang Paralympian James Whitley scored a fifth and seventh place from his two races.

World Championships, Kranjska Gora SLO & Sella Nevea ITA – Mon 21 Jan to Fri 1 February: The GB Para Alpine team to contest the World Championships from next week will be announced later today. The technical events (slalom, giant slalom) will be held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia starting on Monday, with the speed events (super G, downhill) to follow in Sella Nevea, Italy.

 

MOGULS

World Cup, Lake Placid USA – Thu 17 to Fri 18 January: Max Willis and Thomas Gerken Schofield were unlucky not to qualify through to today’s 16-man World Cup moguls final in Lake Placid, missing out by the narrowest of margins. The pair were 17th and 18th respectively, with Max finishing just 0.06pt out of a finals place, with Thomas 0.07pt further back. They were still fantastic results with both Max and Thomas registering their highest-ever World Cup performances in individual moguls. Makayla Gerken Schofield (34th) and Wil Willis (43rd) missed out on the finals.

The quartet will be joined by Will Feneley next week when the final World Cup before the World Championships takes place in Tremblant, Canada.

 

PARA NORDIC

World Cup cross country & biathlon, Östersund SWE – Sat 12 to Fri 18 January: The last World Cup before the Para Nordic World Championships has been taking place this week in Sweden with some positive results across the events.

Scott Meenagh (5th) qualified for the final of the cross country sprint, also finishing fifth in the long distance event and sixth in the middle distance. He was sixth in the sprint biathlon and competes in the individual event later today.

Rachel Morris (6th) also made the final of the cross country sprint at just her second World Cup since moving into para nordic skiing, and was fourth in the long distance event.

Callum Deboys and Terry Ahrens competed in the cross country events, while Steve Thomas and Steve Arnold joined Meenagh in both cross country and biathlon.

The individual biathlon will be streamed from 3pm this afternoon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIISQ5zpHIY.

 

TELEMARK

World Cup, La Thuile ITA – Sun 20 to Mon 21 January: Jasmin Taylor will lead the GB Telemark team into the opening World Cup of the year on the back of her best-ever season. In 2017/18, Taylor broke through for her first World Cup victory, going on to win four events and stand on the podium 14 times.

Taylor will be the only Brit in the ladies’ field while the men’s events will be contested by Ben and Jack Emsley, Sion Bingham and Louis Hatchwell. This event’s races will be contested in the classic and sprint disciplines and can be streamed live from Sunday 8am at https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/8469138.

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS SPEARHEAD HUGE WEEKEND FOR GB SNOWSPORT

Posted on 14/01/19 by Rare Management

More than 30 British skiers and snowboarders were in action over the weekend and it was GB Cross Country leading the way with some historic World Cup results in Germany, while Charlotte Bankes continued her dominance in the snowboard cross Europa Cup.

 

Cross Country World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

GB Cross Country delivered a fantastic series of results over the weekend in Dresden where the sprint World Cup took place on the banks of the River Elbe.

In Saturday’s free skate sprint race, Andrew Young went one-better than 2018 when he qualified second in the prologue, while James Clugnet made it to the top 30 for the third straight race in 14th. Unfortunately both were unable to win through from their heats into the semi-finals with Clugnet edged out by just 0.05sec for the final lucky loser place.

Young eventually matched his result from last year in 13th while Clugnet was 23rd overall in his second-best individual World Cup result.

The following day’s team sprint brought much-anticipation in both the men’s and women’s races.

Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe missed out on a place in the final, however in finishing 15th in the team sprint, they created history by earning Great Britain’s first-ever women’s World Cup Nations Cup points.

In the men’s race, Young and Clugnet were looking to improve on their ninth-place finish from last year with the first hurdle being to make it through the semi-finals. In the second and much-faster semi, the Brits stayed with the lead group throughout and held onto a top five place through the finish to earn a place in the final.

The pair were just as competitive in the final, with the top five teams only breaking away in the final stages to leave GB in sixth place, less than 2.5sec off the podium. The result was Britain’s highest-ever team sprint result at a World Cup, Clugnet’s best World Cup finish while Young has only finished higher once before when he stood on the sprint podium in Toblach in 2015.

The quartet from Dresden will compete at the Norwegian Cup in Nes next week before Andrew Musgrave rejoins the squad the following week for the World Cup in Sweden.

 

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Puy St Vincent FRA – Sat 12-Sun 13 January

Snowboard cross star Charlotte Bankes has continued her fantastic form to start the season with a pair of Europa Cup victories in France.

 

After starting the season with a win in Austria, the 23-year-old backed up a World Cup podium with two more victories over the weekend to sit comfortably on top of the Europa Cup standings with three wins from four races.

Having previously competed in 16 Europa Cup races and never finished better than 17th, Maisie Potter showed her comeback from a heel injury is on track with two of her best ever results. In just her third race since almost a year on the sidelines, the 21-year-old finished 11th on Saturday before qualifying through to her first Europa Cup final and fourth place in Sunday race.

In the men’s races, Kyle Wise recorded his equal-second best career Europa Cup result with 24th on Sunday, while Chris Gregory’s best finish of the weekend was 41st in Saturday’s race.

 

Moguls World Cup, Calgary CAN – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

GB Moguls commenced a three-week block of World Cup competition in Calgary over the weekend with Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield both earning more World Cup points.

While unable to progress through to the finals, Makayla finished 22nd in the women’s event and is currently ranked 17th on the World Cup standings. Thomas was 24th in the men’s event and presently sits 26th on the season.

Wil Willis was 41st in the men’s competition while brother Max recorded a DNF.

The Moguls World Cup tour heads to Lake Placid, USA next week before returning to Canada for the final pre-World Championships event in Tremblant.

 

Alpine World Cup, Adelboden SUI – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

It was an unhappy weekend for the trio of men’s alpine skiers who took to the World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Charlie Raposo (giant slalom), Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (both slalom) all recorded DNFs on a course which caused plenty of trouble for many of the world’s best.

Taylor will be hoping for a better outing tomorrow when he competes in the Europa Cup slalom in Reiteralm, Austria. Raposo will also contest a Europa Cup giant slalom this Thursday in Kronplatz, Italy alongside compatriots Iain Innes and Jack Gower.

Kronplatz is also the venue for tomorrow’s giant slalom World Cup where Alex Tilley will be flying the British flag. A lack of consistency has plagued the PyeongChang Olympian this season with a 21st place in Killington her best result so far.

Tilley has been less than three-quarters of a second outside the top 30 in the last two World Cups at Kronplatz and will have high hopes of qualifying for the second run this year.

 

Snowboard World Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

Matt McCormick was the sole British snowboarder at the slopestyle World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria on Friday finishing the event in 28th place.

The 21-year-old had two good runs going but unfortunately fell at the last jump both times to slide out of contention for the semi-finals. He will be back in action on the course later this week for the Europa Cup, where his brother Chris will also be competing in the ski competition alongside Harris Booth.

Snowboard slopestyle World Cup kicks on again this week in Switzerland where the Laax Open will take place and GB Park+Pipe will be represented by Jamie Nicholls.

Nicholls has only competed in one slopestyle World Cup in the past 22 months and his last outing was at the Winter Olympics in February where he finished 16th overall.

Qualification in Laax takes place on Wednesday followed by semi-finals on Thursday before Friday’s final.

 

Para Nordic World Cup, Östersund SWE – Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 January

GB Para Nordic has recorded some fantastic results over the opening two days of the World Cup in Sweden.

In Saturday’s middle distance cross country races, Scott Meenagh was sixth in the men’s sitting category while Rachel Morris was ninth in the women’s.

In Sunday’s long distance races, Meenagh improved to fifth place with GB filling four of the top nine places thanks to strong performances from Steve Arnold (7th), Callum Deboys (8th) and Steve Thomas (9th). Rachel Morris chalked up a fantastic result in her race, finishing fourth. In the standing category, Terry Ahrens finished ninth.

The World Cup continues over the coming days in both biathlon and cross country. It is the final major event for the para nordic skiers ahead of next month’s World Championships in Canada.

 

Ski Cross Europa Cup, Villars SUI – Friday 11 January

A huge contingent from the GB Ski Cross squad was in Switzerland on Friday for the Europa Cup event in Villars.

PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield led the way to finish sixth while Emma Peters was right behind in seventh and Alannah Lawrie rounded out the top ten. Zoe Winthrop was 11th, Faith Davie 13th and Claire Winthrop 20th.

In the men’s race, Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was the highest-finishing Brit in ninth place ahead of Laurence Willows (44th), Mathi Avent (49th) and Richard Goldsworthy (50th).

Davies will head to the World Cup in Sweden this week while Sarsfield, Peters and Liz Stevenson head to Canada for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races. A further contingent of GB ski cross athletes will be in France for this week’s Europa Cup in Val Thorens.

 

MUSGRAVE, RYDING SCORE SOLID RESULTS

Posted on 08/01/19 by Rare Management

Two of GB Snowsport’s most experienced campaigners continued their strong starts to 2019, with Dave Ryding and Andrew Musgrave finishing the first week of the year with good World Cup results.

Cross Country Tour de Ski stages 6 & 7, Val di Fiemme – Sat 5-Sun 6 January

Andrew Musgrave has come back from a debilitating illness at the back end of 2018 to show positive signs in the lead-up to this year’s World Championships after a strong showing at the Tour de Ski.

The three-time Olympian finished in 17th place overall, his second-best finish ever in the event, following yesterday’s 9km climb in the seventh and final stage.

Throughout the nine-day event Musgrave delivered some eye-catching performances, particularly in the two 15km classic mass start stages which earned the 28-year-old his best and third-best career results in classic events.

Musgrave will now take a break from competition with his next event scheduled to be the World Cup at Ulricehamn, Sweden in three weeks time.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is this weekend in Germany where Andrew Young, James Clugnet, Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe take part in the individual and team sprint events.

 

Alpine World Cup, Zagreb CRO – Sunday 6 January

Dave Ryding just missed out on another top 10 performance but still delivered a strong result to cap an exciting opening week of the year.

Just five days after standing on the podium in Oslo, Ryding was back at it in Zagreb where he progressed to the second run in a tie for 23rd. Laurie Taylor did not move through after a recording a DNF in the first run.

Starting from a similar position to that which saw him make a charge to fourth place in Italy just before Christmas, Ryding was again in need of a solid second run. The 32-year-old laid down the eighth-fastest second run of the competition, seeing him rise to 11th overall.

The result sees Ryding now sitting in fifth place on the 2018/19 slalom World Cup standings ahead of this weekend’s race in Adelboden, Switzerland.

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