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MCCORMICK SENDS DOUBLES AND PHENOM BROOKS DOUBLES UP

Posted on 08/04/19 by Rare Management

With Wednesday a write off due to heavy snow, and much more falling through the night, BRITS competitors tentatively made their way through the clouds to the Crap Sogn Gion. For the majority of the lift’s climb it looked as if competition may be futile yet again, but as the gondola arrived at the Galaaxy top station, the clouds cleared revealing the most stunning inversion most had ever seen.

And it wasn’t only the weather had been overhauled overnight; the park shapers had managed the gargantuan task of clearing the thousands of tonnes of snow that laid across the park, and the best slopestyle course in the world was running perfectly.

A rail section, a side-hitable roller and two kickers tested the riders’ slopestyle skills and, in a first for BRITS competition, skiers and snowboarders rode together, giving the contest an incredible sense of community. Throwing down and taking the spoils were big air champ Mia Brookes, and GB Park+Pipe star Matt McCormick.

McCormick, who narrowly missed out on the big air title two days ago, came out swinging from the off and was clearly motivated go one better. His first run was the best run of qualifying and saw him cruise through to finals as the number one seed. He then stepped up the difficulty to lock down a huge score in the last run of the day, a backside double cork, 1080 mute to cork, to 720 truckdriver in the kickers was head and shoulders above the competition. The rest of the men’s podium was a family feud, as brothers Harry and George Waite battled it out. Seniority appeared to prevail as the older brother Harry took the silver ahead of George in third.

McCormick, obviously enjoying his success today said at prizegiving: “The weather was on our side today which was really rad. The course was amazing, Laax did an incredible job preparing all the snow, and it was an epic day!”

In the women’s contest Mia Brookes continued her dominance. In all disciplines, her short stature and tender age has had no bearing on her performance.

Speed, style and amplitude has been in abundance all week, and today was the icing on the cake. Switch backside boardslide 270, cab 360, cab 540, backside 720 was Mia’s final run, and no one could get close when she landed it cleanly.

Settling for silver was last year’s champion Cerys Allen. She attacked the biggest kicker on the mountain, but wasn’t able to complete a run as technical or clean as Brookes. Surprised to hear her name called, and obviously ecstatic to score her first overall podium spot, 14-year-old Amy Casswell took bronze.

Mia, taking her success in her stride, went off to play at the park with her friends before she could give a quote. But we’re fairly sure it would have featured a mention of Lego…

 

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WORLD JUNIORS AND NATIONAL CHAMPS BRING SEASON TO A CLOSE

Posted on 04/04/19 by Rare Management

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

MOGULS

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

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

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

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

 

PARK & PIPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ALPINE

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

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

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

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

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

RAPOSO, ANDERSON TAKE OUT TECH TITLES

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

Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2019 DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tignes, France

Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

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

2nd      Jack Gower                             1:49.05

3rd       Iain Innes                                1:49.27

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

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

 

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championship

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

2nd      Daisi Daniels                           1:35.00

3rd       Nicole Ritchie                          1:35.70

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

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

BROOKES & COCKRELL WIN BUT MOTHER NATURE RULES THE DAY

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

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

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

But it wasn’t to be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Posted on 01/04/19 by Rare Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 FIS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy & Klaeppen, Sweden

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

 

GB ATHLETES STILL IN TOP GEAR AS SEASON SLOWS

Posted on 28/03/19 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 campaign may be entering its final few weeks but there is still plenty happening with GB athletes competing at World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Cups and Europa Cups over the coming days. The late-season competitions see a return to action for Katie Ormerod and Madi Rowlands while ‘Woodsy’ is back at it for the first time since being crowned World Champion.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD
World Championships, Pyha FIN – Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 March

Saturday’s para snowboard cross competition in Finland marks the final World Championships medals to be decided in 2019 and Owen Pick will be hunting more silverware after a successful start to the week.

Pick already has a medal to his name having picked up silver in banked slalom on Wednesday, matching his result from 2017.

The 27-year-old finished eighth in snowboard cross at the 2015 World Championships before finishing sixth in 2017, and will be hoping for another improvement this year.

 

PARK & PIPE
World Cup, Silvaplana SUI – Friday 29 to Saturday 30 March
Europa Cups, Livigno ITA – Monday 25 to Friday 29 March

The GB Park & Pipe squad has a home away from home in Livigno where its big air bag training facility is located and the squad has produced some amazing results there this week.

Fourteen-year-old Kirsty Muir contested her first-ever ski slopestyle Europa Cup on Monday and after qualifying in first place, she was the beneficiary of poor weather cancelling the finals as she finished on top of the podium. Harris Booth was the best-placed Brit in the men’s competition, finishing fourth.

The following day Muir again performed strongly to record second place, a position matched by Mason Ferebee in the men’s event.

On Thursday, Katie Ormerod competed in her first competition since December 2017 and came away with silver in the snowboard slopestyle Europa Cup. Matt McCormick was third in the men’s event, his third Europa Cup podium since January. A second event will take place tomorrow which will also feature Harry Waite, Billy Cockrell and Raymond Prentice.

Tomorrow marks qualification day at the final ski slopestyle World Cup of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland.

World Champion James ‘Woodsy’ Woods will be joined in the men’s event by Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Felix Klein, while Madi Rowlands returns to action in the ladies’ event. Like Ormerod, it will be Rowlands first event in more than 15 months.

The World Cup ski slopestyle finals from Silvaplana can be viewed on the Eurosport Player from Saturday 11:50pm GMT.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS
World Junior Championships, Reiteralm AUT – Thursday 28 to Friday 29 March

Zoe Winthrop was the best-placed British competitor at today’s ski cross World Junior Championships in Austria.

Winthrop and 2018 bronze medallist Elliane Hall qualified through to the knockout stages after finishing in the top 16, however Hall suffered an arm injury in her quarter-final. Winthrop finished second in her quarter-final to earn a place in the final eight but finished fourth in the semi-final before placing second in the small final.

None of the GB men were able to qualify into the last 32 with Mathi Avent the best-placed in 46th.

The snowboard cross World Junior Championship takes place tomorrow featuring Hannah Hall (younger sister of Elliane) and 2018 BRITS champion Huw Nightingale.

 

OTHER EVENTS

  • Cross Country: Following the completion of the final World Cup of the season on Sunday, GB Cross Country are back in action this week in Norway. Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young will compete in Friday’s 10km free skate and Saturday’s 50km classic, while Nichole Bathe and Annika Taylor will be in Friday’s 5km free skate and Saturday’s 30km classic.
  • Alpine: The 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships kick off on Sunday in Tignes and continue through to Friday. The National Junior Championships will run through to the following weekend alongside the GB Para Alpine Championship races. The following week will feature the children’s races from U10s through to U16s.
  • Park & Pipe: The BRITS 2019 start in Laax, Switzerland on Tuesday and continue through to next Friday. All Olympic freestyle and snowboard disciplines will be contested (big air, slopestyle, halfpipe, ski/snowboard cross) in open and age categories.

GB ATHLETES KEEP UP IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

Posted on 25/03/19 by Rare Management

Career-best results at the cross country World Cup Finals, more Europa Cup podiums in snowboard cross, and park & pipe and World Championships coming up this week for para snowboard.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

World Cup Finals, Quebec CAN – Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March

A wonderful season for GB Cross Country wrapped up in Canada over the weekend with more fantastic results.

In Friday’s sprint all skiers qualified through the prologue, marking the first time three GB athletes have finished inside the top 30 of a cross country World Cup race. While none of the skiers were able to progress into the semi-finals, James Clugnet earned a career-best result of 14th in what has been a breakthrough season. The result left Clugnet 39th in the World Cup sprint standings with Andrew Young 29th.

In Saturday’s 15km classic, Andrew Musgrave scored GB’s best result in 19th, setting up the final race of the season, Sunday’s 15km free pursuit.

While Musgrave finished the day as the highest British finisher in 17th place, Young scored the fourth-fastest time of the stage to miss out on his second career podium by an agonising one-tenth of a second. Young’s previous best result outside of sprint races was 17th in the same event at the same venue in 2017.

Musgrave finishes the World Cup season ranked 18th in distance, while his 21st overall is up one place on his previous season-best in 2017/18.


SPEED SKI

World Championships & World Cup, Vars FRA – Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 March

Jan Farrell recorded his best-ever World Championships result with 12th place in France on Saturday.

Recording an average speed of 220.85km/h, Farrell was less than 6km/h away from the podium. Rob McClusky finished 42nd.

Following the World Championships, the penultimate World Cup of the season will also be held in Vars tomorrow.

TELEMARK

World Championships, Rjukan NOR – Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 March

The World Championships turned out to be a disappointing event for GB Telemark which failed to reach the podium.

After finishing seventh in Wednesday’s classic, Jasmin Taylor crashed out heavily in Friday’s sprint and was unable to qualify through to the round of 16 in the parallel sprint on Saturday.

Sion Bingham led the British men with 24th in the sprint, while Louis Hatchwell scored a huge upset by defeating the top seed in the parallel sprint, ultimately finishing with a share of ninth place.

PARK & PIPE

Europa Cup, Laax SUI & Livigno ITA – Thursday 21 to Tuesday 26 March

It’s been a great few days for GB Park & Pipe athletes at Europa Cups in Switzerland and Livigno.

A trio of snowboarders qualified through to Friday’s slopestyle final at Laax with GB filling two spots on the podium thanks to Billy Cockrell who finished second and Raymond Prentice in third. Harry Waite was also impressive in eighth, while European Youth Olympic Festival riders Gabe Adams (23rd) and Ethan Smith (36th) missed out on finals appearances.

The importance of qualifying was highlighted at today’s ski slopestyle Europa Cup in Livigno after bad weather caused the cancellation of the finals runs. Taking qualification scores to the overall result, 14-year-old Kirsty Muir recorded a win in her first slopestyle Europa Cup as the youngest skier in the event. Harris Booth was second in his heat, resulting in fourth place overall.

A second Europa Cup event is scheduled for Livigno tomorrow.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

Europa Cup Finals, Lenk SUI & Reiteralm AUT – Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March

Charlotte Bankes has wrapped up her season with another podium finish at the snowboard cross Europa Cup in Switzerland. The 23-year-old finished in third place on Saturday, her fourth podium of the Europa Cup season from five races including three wins. She finished the season ranked fourth on the World Cup rankings and with a silver medal from the World Championships.

Maisie Potter’s best result from the weekend’s races was 25th, while Brandon Cain’s 16th on Friday was the best result for the British men’s contingent.

A solid contingent of GB Ski Cross athletes lined up for the weekend’s Europa Cup in Austria. Emma Peters was the highest-placed athlete in both races, scoring 21st on Saturday before improving to 10th on Sunday.

The event was good preparation for a number of the athletes who will remain in Reiteralm for this week’s Junior World Championships which start on Thursday.

PARA SNOWBOARD

World Championships, Pyha FIN – Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 March

Owen Pick will be the sole British rider to fly the flag at the para snowboard World Championships this week.

With James Barnes-Miller and Andy MacLeod both recovering from injuries, Pick heads to Finland on the back of some strong results at the last World Cup in La Molina where he earned a pair of snowboard cross podiums and two more top five finishes in banked slalom.

At the last World Championships in 2017 Pick was the silver medallist in banked slalom, his best-ever finish in international competition.

The event kicks off with snowboard cross on Wednesday followed by banked slalom on Saturday.

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.

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

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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.

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