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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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 21/12/18 by Rare Management
Almost one month since changing nations, Charlotte Bankes has delivered snowboard cross success to Great Britain with a podium performance at the first World Cup of the season.
Bankes was seventh in yesterday’s qualifying and followed up with a dominant performance in today’s quarter-final which she won convincingly.
Coming up against a strong semi-final field, the 23-year-old found herself jostling for a top three position before her class shone through to earn a place in the big final.
With a top six position guaranteed, Bankes was out of the gates quickly alongside four-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis. The American gained the ascendency into the first corner and after some close racing and board-to-board contact the former French rider was shuffled back through the field.
Midway through the course Bankes was forced to fight her way back through the field and did just that. Showing the tenacity she is renowned for on the World Cup circuit, Bankes tucked in behind the front-runners and took aggressive lines to move her way back into the top three.
While Jacobellis held the lead from start to finish, just 0.06sec separated Olympic bronze medallist Eva Samkova (CZE) from Bankes who was third.
“I had a good start there with Lindsey and was probably about second into the first turn but then I had some contact from behind and needed to take an outside line into the third or fourth turn and was passed by some of the others,” said Bankes. “I just needed to then get in behind everyone and try to start overtaking when I could but it was a bit of a slow course.
“Lindsey had a great race so I couldn’t really get near her but managed to get back up to third in a pretty tight finish.
“It’s a relief to get the first World Cup under my belt [for Great Britain] and it’s a good result after all the hard work.
“Thanks to all the GB Snowsport team for the support to get me through this autumn and to be in the best condition to start the new season.”
The second World Cup race in Cervinia takes place tomorrow with coverage available on the Eurosport Player from around 10:40am GMT.
Also in Italy, Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will feature in tomorrow’s World Cup slalom at Madonna di Campiglio. Live coverage will be available on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player (1st run 2:45pm, 2nd run 5:30pm).
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.
SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park
1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas
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
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.
Posted on 08/02/18 by Rare Management
BOA Statement: Katie Ormerod
The following statement has been released by the British Olympic Association and British Ski & Snowboard:
Team GB snowboard athlete Katie Ormerod has been ruled out of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games following a severe fracture to her right heel bone.
The 20-year-old from Brighouse was due to compete in snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air and will undergo emergency surgery in the morning.
Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission said: “We are deeply sorry for Katie and her fellow snowboarders who have lost a valued member of their close-knit team. She is a world class competitor across both disciplines and we are desperately disappointed for her. From everyone at Team GB we wish her all the best for her recovery.”
Dan Hunt, British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director said: “We are all devastated for Katie who was in strong form coming into the Olympics. She is a talented athlete and wonderful role model.
“At a young age she has already achieved highly within the sport, most recently with gold at the World Cup in Russia last year. Her determined and fearless nature will see her come back from this and reach the exciting potential and future that is ahead of her.
“We wish her all the best and with four park and pipe snowboarders competing, her team mates will now be giving their all for her as well as their nation over these Games.”
Posted on 25/08/16 by Rare Management
GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod has claimed her first podium of the 2016 southern hemisphere winter season by taking second place at The Mile High competition in Perisher, Australia.
Within a world class field, Ormerod went into the semi finals in 2nd place, and continued her form to take 2nd place overall behind 16 year old Hailey Langland who claimed top spot. Japanese rider Miyabi Onitsuka claimed 3rd place.
For more information about The Mile High visit www.facebook.com/AUS.SNOW.PROTOUR/
Photo: GB Park and Pipe
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 Sport, The National Lottery, Lottery Good Causes and #Delancey. And special thanks in making this film to:
Bearsden Freestyle Crew
Air Space Trampoline Park, Glasgow
Urban Gymnastics, Glasgow
Cumberland Centurions BMX Race Track
The Snowboard Addiction Trainer
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 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.