PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

Posted on 09/02/18 by Rare Management

PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

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

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

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

1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Annika Taylor

Annika Taylor

7:15am (GMT) – Annika Taylor

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

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

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

BOA Statement: Katie Ormerod

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.”

Katie Ormerod podiums at The Mile High in Australia

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

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

Posted on 27/07/16 by Rare Management

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

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

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

Posted on 20/07/16 by Rare Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSS Battle Royale

CSS Micro Machines

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

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

Posted on 18/07/16 by Rare Management

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

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

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

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

Billy Morgan: Upside Down Four Times Again – GB Park and Pipe’s #ProjectPY2018 Mission 31 is now live

Posted on 11/07/16 by Rare Management

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Billy Morgan has been pushing the limits again at the Stubai Glacier in Tirol, trying to add a second and equally technical version of a quad to his impressive list of achievements.

Billy broke the internet in the spring of 2015 by being the first snowboarder to land a ‘quad cork’ – an achievement Transworld Snowboarding named as ‘Trick of 2015’. Soon after, Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot became the second rider to land a quad, this time a quad underflip. And in the Autumn of 2015, Norwegian rider Marcus Kleveland became the third rider to get the quad in the bag.

Now Billy will make an attempt at Max’s quad underflip, captured here at the Stubai Zoo funpark in Mission 31 of the GB Park and Pipe team’s #ProjectPY2018 series.

Will Billy become the only rider to land two types of quad? Is the jump big enough to get the estimated 3-seconds of airtime needed for the trick?

All is revealed in “Mission 31: Billy Morgan Upside Down Four Times Again”

Please feel free to post, share and shout about. Filmed by @LegsOfSteel Productions, and Single Cask Productions/Mark Ruparelia. Produced by Chris Moran of @AllConditionsMedia

Ed Leigh and Pat Sharples give the lowdown on Championship Ski and Snowboard – Round two now live!

Posted on 06/07/16 by Rare Management

BBC’s Ed Leigh and Head Coach of GB Park and Pipe’s Ski Team, Pat Sharples, give the low down on who are the current rising stars of British skiing and snowboarding as round two of Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) goes live.

With competition hotting up between the slopes, and some of the senior GB Park and Pipe squad deciding to get in on the action, Championship Ski and Snowboard is clearly demonstrating how British riders are pushing the boundaries on the artificial slopes and indoor snow centres.

The lowdown on Championship Skiing from Pat Sharples:

“I think the main things that have stood out for me is the talent of the up and coming young guns especially some of the girls who have all been submitting some technical tricks with a lot of style in their riding. The level of riding coming from National Academy skiers at Bearsden has been very much on point!

Overall the skiers are performing high levels tricks both directions, with style, solid grabs and good execution on landings which is pretty much everything the judges want to see! It is great to see all the teams taking full advantage of the their home slopes and getting the best out of the features.

And what rumours are there ahead of Round 2? Apparently after seeing Round 1, Anna Vincenti and Murray Buchan signed for Bearsden and Madi Rowlands has signed for Hemel!   Let’s see what the GB Park & Pipe team members can bring to CSS in future round. rounds!”

The lowdown on Championship Snowboarding from Ed Leigh:

“Championship Ski and Snowboard has already proved itself to be the best way to catch a glimpse of Britain’s best domestic talent. The standard is gold seal and well worth checking out.

In the wake of some first round hammers getting thrown down, some of the stand outs for me were; Fin Bremner, the 16 year old riding for Aberdeen who deserves top billing for his back rodeo 900. It’s the first time it’s been seen in the UK. Also impressing is Matt McCormick from Bearsden, who currently leads on kickers after he opened his section with a lovely switch back 9, and finished with a mind melting inward/backside barrel roll as his EX trick.

Looking ahead to round two, which is now live, it could be that the Young Guns are the secret weapon in CSS. Braehead lead with young gun Leon Drynan playing a pivotal role but close behind is Bearsden who have Lewis Moore, another 12 year old who has broken into the top 8 kicker riders.

After their loss to Braehead, Hemel have flexed their not inconsiderable muscle and secured the signatures of Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller for Round 2. Bearsden have also been busy on the transfer front and they now boast Katie Ormerod and Rowan Coultas, however there are still some of the GB Park and Pipe Team who haven’t signed up yet. Billy Morgan anyone?”

If that hasn’t whet you appetite, nothing will. Check out CSS round two  on the CSS Facebook page as well as the results, vote on the polls and the league tables on the CSS website:

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.

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Championship Ski and Snowboard features six snowboard and six ski teams from slopes across the UK going head to head in a league, with teams submitting videos of tricks from four of their team members for each round.

In every round, each team is matched against another team and their videos, including their best kicker, rail and EX (execution) trick for each rider, will be marked by a panel of world class judges, with one of the teams coming out on top or it being called a draw. Each team must include a “Young Gun” (a rider under the age of 15) and a female rider.

Championship Ski and Snowboard is made up by teams from Stoke Ski Centre (ski), The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead (ski & snowboard), Aberdeen Snowsports Centre (ski & snowboard), Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club (ski & snowboard). SnowDome Tamworth (ski & snowboard), Snozone Milton Keynes (ski & snowboard) and Snow Factor Braehead (snowboard).

The world class judging panel consists of GB Park and Pipe rider Katie Summerhayes, Josh Fawcett, Dave Young and Bobby Taylor on the ski side and Laura Berry, Kevin Mills, Colum Mytton and Andy Mills on the snowboard side. The overall scoring process is then overseen by the head judges who are GB Park and Pipe coaches Hamish McKnight, Pat Sharples, Jack Shackleton and Jamie Matthew.

Record turn out at English Indoor Slopestyle Championships

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This year marked the fourth English Indoor Slopestyle Championships, which took place at Chill Factore Manchester in late June, with a record number of competitors taking part.

The snowboarders kicked off the day of competition with open practice in the morning, followed by the qualification round, and ending with a 2-run final – taking the top 12 men and top 6 women.

The final was hotly contested in the men’s competition– with Scott Walsh taking the overall win and the title of English Slopestyle Champion with some high-tech switch rail skills at the top and a huge backside rodeo in his second run in the finals. Behind Walsh was Ciaran Tucker & Harry Waite who rounded off the podium.

In the women’s event, Cerys Allen rode brilliantly all day with some very stylish 360 Indy’s to become the women’s Slopestyle Champion, whilst Mia Brookes and Bradie Zimmer-Collins were hot on her heels.

After a quick re-shape of the course, the skiers took to the slopes to see who was going to take the English Slopestyle Championship title. The atmosphere at the top of the slope was electric, with all the athletes encouraging one another and cheering each other on successful runs, creating a fun environment for everyone, one of the key objectives for the event.

In the finals, Justin Taylor-Tipton was successful in winning the men’s competition, becoming Overall English Slopestyle Champion, whilst Chris McCormick and Callum Welch took second & third place respectively.

In the women’s final, Thea Fenwick stood out all day to take the top spot, closely chased by Lara Shaw and Kirsty Muir.

The competition saw some outstanding riding from all the athletes across all the age categories, with the younger athletes keeping the older ones on their toes all day.

Snowsport England Talent Development Lead Ian Findlay said of the day, “I was impressed with the quality of riding on display on Saturday. In both the snowboard and ski finals, everyone hugely stepped it up. This is our 4th running of the English Slopestyle Championships and for me it was the best one yet. All the riders are a credit to their sport and I’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the event happen”.

A huge thanks to all volunteers, park-shapers and officials who made the event run so smoothly, and to all the athletes who gave 100% all day.

The English Indoor Slopestyle Championships was the third in three English Indoor Championships taking place at Chill Factore this spring and summer. The Snowsport England competitions were open to all levels of riders, whilst at the same time being competitive for those looking to top the podium.

Thanks to Ski Club of Great Britain providing insurance for the under 16 winners and Ripperz will continue to provide the administration for the events.

Britain’s top Ski and Snowboard talent share their stories to inspire young students at Chobham Academy

Posted on 05/07/16 by Rare Management

Three of Britain’s top ski and snowboard athletes, including Winter Olympian Snowboarder Aimee Fuller, shared their personal journey and top achievements with hundreds of students from Chobham Academy during three school assemblies. The British Ski and Snowboard athletes, supported by Delancey, included; Charlie Raposo, who is currently ranked Britain’s best Giant Slalom skier and has competed at the World Championships, World Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics, as well as the North American Cup Tour and European Cup Tours; teammate Nick Moynihan, member of the Delancey Senior Alpine squad who took 1st in the British Championships GS, in Tignes (2015); and Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller who recently claimed 7th in both the South Korea and Czech Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup.


The three athletes spoke at three separate assemblies which took place in the Chobham Academy theatre for children ranging in age from 5 years up to 11 years. During the assembly they presented their personal training videos and spoke about their biggest achievements, in hope to inspire their young audience to work hard at their own goals.

Aimee Fuller commented: “It was amazing to speak to such a large variety of kids, who all seemed interested in finding out more about our Snowsports journeys.”

One of Chobham Academy’s students, Kara Maloney (aged seven) commented: “I absolutely loved meeting Charlie, Aimee and Nick. The best thing was learning about doing snowboard tricks. It was good to meet an actual person from the Olympics. Everything they said was amazing.”

After each of the presentations, the athletes also offered a chance for the children to dress up in their equipment and then afterwards, they gave away various prizes during a Question and Answer session for those interested to find out more.

Alpine skier, Charlie Raposo commented: “It was a lot of fun to come in and inspire the kids today at Chobham. They were all super responsive and it was very rewarding.”

Nick Moynihan, who presented alongside Charlie, also commented:

“What an amazing day spending time with the kids at Chobham Academy and such an amazing experience to speak to what I hope might be future racers.”

Students also received information about how to get involved in Snowsports through the innovative charity, Snow-Camp. Snow-Camp is an inspiring youth programme that uses a unique combination of skiing and snowboarding to support inner-city young people.

Snow-Camp Founder and Director, Dan Charlish commented:

“It is important that children and young people realise they don’t have to live in the Alps to get involved in Snowsports. At Snow-Camp, we provide different programmes based at local snow centres and dry slopes, which teach young people how to ski and snowboard whilst developing new skills and gaining new qualifications which can support their future.”

Organised by real estate investment, development and advisory company Delancey, who is Principal Sponsor of British Ski & Snowboard and Charity Partner to Snow-Camp, it is hoped that these assemblies will not only encourage more children to work hard to pursue their dreams, but also to generate more support from the nation for Great Britain’s Snowsports athletes.

Jamie Ritblat, founder and CEO of Delancey commented: “Being Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard over the last six years, has provided us with the invaluable opportunity to not only support our nation’s top athletes, but to also encourage the community to get involved in the sport. These assemblies not only raise awareness of Snowsports in schools, but also leave the children feeling determined and inspired to achieve their own personal goals, which is very important.”

If you would like a Delancey Snowsports Assembly to visit your school or if you would like to find out some more information, please contact