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MUIR MEDALS AGAIN AT JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPS

Posted on 15/04/19 by Rare Management

Kirsty Muir has capped off a tremendous season by securing her second medal of the Junior World Championships in the space of five days.

Having already stood on the podium on Tuesday when she was second in ski slopestyle, Muir took on big air qualifying on Thursday where she received the fourth-highest score to qualify for Saturday’s final.

As the only skier to successfully land their first two tricks in the final – a switch misty 9 mute followed by a 720 lead tail – Muir was in the gold medal position going into the third run.

While the 14-year-old was unable to improve her score, triple X-Games champion Kelly Sildaru (Estonia) and World Cup winner Megan Oldham (Canada) landed their final runs to overhaul Muir and move into the top two positions. Having finished just 1.20 points off the podium in 2018, Muir’s score was strong enough to hold onto the bronze medal.

“My first run I didn’t land the best, but I still landed the run and I was happy with it,” said Muir. “The second run I knew I had more chance of landing and I landed that trick and then took a crash on the third run but still managed to come third.

“I’m super happy with the result.”

The result rounds out an amazing season for the Aberdeen skier which began at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand where she secured three top 10 results from as many events. Muir then made her first Europa Cup starts earlier this year with a victory and two second place results from three events, and this week she won silver and bronze medals. At the conclusion of the Championships, Muir was presented with the ladies’ under 15 outstanding achievement award.

With Connie Brogden winning the World Junior halfpipe title in January, GB was on the ladies’ podium in all three freeski disciplines at the 2019 Junior World Championships.

Skier Jasper Klein (32nd) and snowboarders Luca Mai Lane Hopkins (21st), Hollie Smith (32nd), Ethan Smith (41st) and Gabe Adams (75th) missed out on qualifying for their respective big air finals.

** At last week’s US National Championships at Copper Mountain, skier Connie Brogden finished second in halfpipe and fourth in slopestyle before winning the big air title.

** The final speed skiing World Cup of the season took place in Andorra with races on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s race, Jan Farrell finished ninth while Rob McCluskey was 29th. On Saturday Farrell was 14th while McCluskey’s 22nd place was his best World Cup finish. Farrell was seventh overall on the 2018/19 World Cup standings, finishing inside the top 10 for the fifth straight season.

 

 

BRITAIN’S BEST CLAIM DOWNHILL CROWNS

Posted on 01/04/19 by Rare Management

The highest-ranked downhill skiers in the country asserted their authority on the first day of competition at the 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France.

In clear conditions and on a hard and fast course, Cara Brown emulated her efforts of 2018 by picking up a win on the opening day of racing while Jack Gower etched his name on the men’s downhill trophy for the first time.

Cara Brown opened the 2018 Championships by winning the super G before suffering an injury in practice which kept her own of the downhill competition. However the 2015 champion made amends this year by winning the Tomkinson Challenge Cup for the second time.

Setting the benchmark in bib #1, Brown posted a time of 1:14.44 which the rest of the field tried, but ultimately failed, to beat.

The 25-year-old won comfortably by more than a second-and-a-half ahead of runner up Jess Anderson (1:16.08) with Abi Bruce finishing third (1:15.15).

Coming off a career-best result at the World Cup Finals in March, Brown fought a bout of illness last week and the four-time overall champion now has her sights set on more success as the week goes on.

“I did what I wanted to do and what I planned to do so that’s good and I’m just glad it’s over,” said Brown. “I definitely like the piste here – it was a bit of a surprise that there was a jump this year because there’s not usually a jump, and that’s not exactly my strong suit in the downhill.

“But it’s a good piste, it’s a fun hill and the weather’s amazing, so it’s cool.”

Not a regular attendee at the national championships, Jack Gower returned to Tignes this year after a full World Cup campaign and showed his class on the way to his first Sir John Ritblat British Downhill title.

Gower (1:10.96) won by more than a second ahead of 2016 champion Roy-Alexander Steudle (1:11.97), while 2018 runner-up Iain Innes (1:12.12) was third.

“It’s been quite a new season for me skiing World Cup for the first time and it’s sometimes nice to have a different perspective on things, come here and see friends,” said Gower. “My game face is on, I’m not slacking, but at the same time it’s more relaxed and the track is perfect for the British Champs.”

Gower said he’s looking forward to more high-quality racing this week, including tomorrow’s super G where he’ll be chasing more success.

“There’s good racers here from Britain and from other countries so it’ll be good races and I’ll be pushing pretty hard to try and make things happen,” he said. “It’s always lovely and it’s always something that you dream of, to win these titles.

“I’m very patriotic and it’s great to come here and get that done.”

The super G National Championship and National Junior Championship will take place on Tuesday, while an unfavourable weather forecast for Thursday will see the men’s giant slalom and ladies’ slalom National Championship races brought forward to Wednesday.

** Due to a technical error, confirmation of the downhill results for the national junior championship, non-team trophies and under 18 events will be confirmed at the prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday.

 

2019 DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tignes, France

Monday 1 April – Downhill National Championships Results

Men’s Downhill                                                          Ladies’ Downhill

1st       Jack Gower                             1:10.96            1st       Cara Brown                        1:14.44
2nd      Roy-Alexander Steudle           1:11.97            2nd      Jess Anderson         1:16.08
3rd       Iain Innes                                1:12.12            3rd       Abi Bruce                        1:16.15

 

WORLD & EUROPA CUPS BRINGING GREAT RESULTS

Posted on 08/03/19 by Rare Management

With the World Cup season beginning its wind-down, the GB Alpine team has delivered a series of fantastic results in the past week, while there have also been World Cup podiums in para snowboard. Action over the coming days also includes World Cups for cross country, para alpine, park & pipe and speed skiing.

ALPINE SKIING
World Cups, Spindleruv Mlyn CZE & Kranjska Gora SLO – Fri 8 to Sun 10 March
Europa Cup, Hinterstoder AUT – Thu 7 March

Charlie Raposo scored Britain’s first Europa Cup podium in men’s giant slalom after an amazing second run in today’s race at Hinterstoder, Austria.

Having finished the first run in 30th position, Raposo took full advantage of being the first skier down the second run in the warm conditions, setting a cracking pace to move up 27 positions and claim third place.

It is GB Alpine’s second Europa Cup podium of the week after Charlie Guest was second in Sunday’s slalom race in Jasna, Slovakia. Guest was able to reproduce that form again on Tuesday when she won the Slovakian national slalom championship, a day after Alex Tilley took fourth place in the giant slalom.

Tilley and Guest are both now preparing for the next World Cup stop in the Czech Republic. Tilley will race tomorrow’s giant slalom at Spindleruv Mlyn while Guest will compete in Saturday’s slalom.

On Sunday, Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will compete at the men’s World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Both of this weekend’s alpine World Cups will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1. Friday’s ladies’ giant slalom will be broadcast at 9:20am (1st run) and 11:30am (2nd run) with Saturday’s ladies’ slalom at 9:30am (1st run) and 11:15am (2nd run). The men’s slalom on Sunday will be on at 8:15am (1st run) and 11:15am (2nd leg).

 

CROSS COUNTRY
World Cup, Oslo NOR – Sat 9 March

Andrew Musgrave will complete 100km of elite racing this week when he lines up in Saturday’s World Cup in Oslo.

Just six days after finishing eighth in the 50km skate at the World Championships, Musgrave will compete in the 50km classic in Norway.

With the 50km in Oslo being a regular fixture on the World Cup calendar, Musgrave’s best result came last year’s race when he was seventh. He is currently 19th on the distance World Cup standings and has the opportunity to improve that ranking with a strong result on Saturday.

The GB Cross Country team will bypass Tuesday’s sprint World Cup in Drammen, Norway to concentrate on the event in Falun next weekend.

The World Cup 50km classic from Oslo will be on Eurosport 2 from Saturday 9am.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD
World Cup, La Molina ESP – Monday 4 to Friday 8 March

PyeongChang Paralympian Owen Pick returned to World Cup action earlier this week with two podium performances in Spain.

On Monday and Tuesday, Pick won through to the semi-finals of his snowboard cross events before being defeated but bounced back on both occasions to win the bronze medal race.

In today’s banked slalom Pick finished fourth, just 0.17sec off the podium and less than a second behind first place. The final banked slalom of the La Molina World Cup takes place tomorrow.

 

PARK & PIPE
World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 March
Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk RUS – Wednesday 6 March

Some heavy weather is complicating the programme at the World Cup in Mammoth Mountain this week, however action is scheduled to get underway this evening for GB Park & Pipe’s seven competing athletes.

Today’s qualifying will feature Zoe Atkin, Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon and Sam Ward in ski halfpipe along with Matt McCormick and Jamie Nicholls in snowboard slopestyle. Finals for both events are scheduled for Friday.

New world champion James Woods, Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin and Ward will compete in ski slopestyle qualifying on Saturday with finals on Sunday.

Yesterday Harris Booth (University of Glasgow) finished seventh in ski slopestyle qualifying at Winter Universiade in Russia, going on to earn ninth place in the final.

Finals of the Mammoth Mountain World Cup are scheduled to screen on Eurosport. Due to schedule changes, please check https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/ for the latest schedule and channel listings.


SPEED SKIING
World Cup, Idre Fjäll SWE – Friday 8 to Saturday 9 March

Britain’s fastest man on skis, Jan Farrell, returns to World Cup action in Sweden today at the second event of the season.

Two World Cup races will be staged over two days at Idre Fjäll, the site of the last World Championships in 2017.

Farrell finished first at a speed downhill event at the venue in 2014 with his best World Cup result there coming last year when he was sixth.

MUSGRAVE TARGETS MORE WORLD CHAMPS SUCCESS

Posted on 28/02/19 by Rare Management

The cross country World Championships wind up in Austria this weekend where Andrew Musgrave will be looking to take his top ten form from the skiathlon and 15km into the 50km skate, the event he finished in which he finished fourth in 2017. There are also GB athletes in action at World Cups for moguls, snowboard cross and alpine over the first few days in March.

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March

Andrew Musgrave produced his third World Championships top 10 result as he powered to equal eighth in the men’s 15km classic yesterday in Austria.

The 28-year-old has made strong improvements to his classic racing over the past two seasons and proved it by improving his 2017 result by four places in one of his best international performances. The result came just four days after recording seventh place in Saturday’s skiathlon.

Andrew Young was 36th, his best individual World Championships performance outside the sprint races.

The pair will line up on Sunday in the final event of the World Championships, the 50km skate. There is much anticipation around Musgrave’s chances after he broke records with a fourth place effort in the corresponding event in 2017, just 1.5sec off the podium and less than three seconds from the win.

On Tuesday, Nichole Bathe and Annika Taylor finished their Championships with the 10km classic. Bathe finished 50th and Taylor 58th, with the pair now joining James Clugnet in Beijing, China for a series of sprint races over the coming week.

Sunday’s 50km mass start commences at 12pm GMT with coverage on Eurosport 1 from 11:30am.


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

Charlotte Bankes will be looking to claim another World Cup podium when she heads to Spain this week for the second last stop on the 2018/19 World Cup circuit.

The World Championships silver medallist has finished no worse than sixth in any event this year which has also featured three Europa Cup wins and a World Cup podium.

She will be joined by Maisie Potter who is competing in just her third World Cup since coming back from a foot injury which kept her out for close to twelve months.

Snowboard cross will also feature on the opening days of the World University Games in Russia with Douglas Green in action on Saturday, hoping to qualify through to Sunday’s finals.

The Czech Republic will also play host to a Europa Cup ski cross race tomorrow with Faith Davie, Alannah Lawrie, Claire Winthrop, Mathi Avent and Laurence Willows will be in action.

The Eurosport Player will feature coverage of snowboard cross finals from the World Cup in Spain at Saturday 12:20pm GMT, and the World University Games in Russia at Sunday 6:30am.


MOGULS
World Cup, Shymbaluk KAZ – Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 March

Fresh from strong results at the World Championships and last week’s World Cup in China, a quartet of GB Moguls skiers are in Kazakhstan for the final event of the season.

Asian venues have been a happy hunting ground for Makayla Gerken Schofield this year with four top-16 performances from as many events accounting for her best-ever World Cup performances in moguls and dual moguls. They include her second-best moguls and dual moguls results last week in Japan and she will be hoping to continue that form in Shymbaluk.

Her brother Thomas recorded his best-ever individual moguls result last week (14th), one of four top 20 World Cup performances he has achieved this year. Max Willis (25th) earned his career-best dual moguls result a week ago while brother Wil earned his best-ever World Cup results in both the individual (35th) and dual (34th) events.

The moguls World Cup will be broadcast on the Eurosport Player. The individual moguls finals will be available at Saturday 7:20am while the dual moguls will be on Sunday at the same time.


ALPINE SKIING
World Junior Championships,
Val di Fassa ITA – Mon 18 to Wed 27 February
World Cup, Kvitfjell NOR – Fri 1 to Sun 3 March
Europa Cups, Oberjach GER/Jasna SVK – Thu 28 February to Sun 3 March

The Junior World Championships wrapped up earlier this week in Italy with the men’s slalom representing GB Alpine’s final events of the programme. Iain Innes closed out a heavy week of racing with 39th place while Zak Vinter and Fraser Middleton did not finish their first runs.

A number of skiers will be in action over the coming days in Germany, Norway and Slovakia.

At the Europa Cup event in Oberjach, Charlie Raposo is competing in today’s giant slalom while Laurie Taylor has slalom races on Friday and Saturday. Jack Gower has training today in Kvitfjell ahead of World Cup downhill races on Friday and Saturday; he will also compete in the super G on Sunday. And this weekend Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley are in Jasna for the Europa Cup with giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday.

Eurosport 1 will screen the World Cup in Norway from Friday 9:50am (downhill), Saturday 8:45am (downhill) and Sunday 9:45am (super G).


PARK & PIPE
Europa Cup, Götschen GER – Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 27 February

Gabe Adams continued his medal-winning form at the European Youth Olympic Festival when he competed at this week’s big air Europa Cup events in Germany.

The 16-year-old was victorious in Tuesday’s event and backed that up with fourth place yesterday, just one point away from a second podium in as many days.

Adams’ EYOF teammate Ethan Smith (22nd/19th) also competed in Götschen along with fellow Brits Hayden Harvey-Smith (20th/22nd) and Kealan Venning (25th/25th).

MUSGRAVE, MEENAGH LEAD WORLD CHAMPS CHARGE

Posted on 25/02/19 by Rare Management

Andrew Musgrave and Scott Meenagh have both earned top 10 finishes at their respective World Championships on a busy weekend of action for GB Snowsport athletes in Europe, North America and Asia.

 

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March

Andrew Musgrave put in a stellar performance to finish seventh in Saturday’s 30km skiathlon at the World Championships in Austria.

The three-time Olympian was part of the lead pack which made a break from the rest of the field near the halfway mark and was in contention until the closing stages. It was only in the last five kilometres that Musgrave lost touch with the leaders, ultimately matching his PyeongChang performance in seventh.

On Sunday, Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe finished 16th in the ladies’ classic team sprint on Sunday, while James Clugnet and Andrew Young teamed up for a 13th-place effort in the men’s race. The British pair were around three seconds off qualifying for the final and asked the jury to consider a mid-race incident which impacted Clugnet, however the standings remained unchanged.

Tomorrow will see Taylor and Bathe contest the 10km classic while Young and Musgrave will compete in the men’s 15km classic on Wednesday.

The cross country World Championships will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 tomorrow from 1:30pm, and from 12:30pm on Wednesday.

 

ALPINE SKIING
World Junior Championships,
Val di Fassa ITA – Mon 18 to Wed 27 February

On Friday evening the Great Britain team pulled off one of the upsets of the Junior World Championships when they took down second-seeds Austria in the first round of the alpine team event.

Unfortunately Germany were too strong in the quarter-finals but GB still finished the event in eighth place.

Iain Innes was 37th in the men’s alpine combined on Saturday before scoring 29th in today’s giant slalom. Also competing today were Leo Karavasili who was 46th while Zak Vinter DNF’d his second run after sitting 63rd on the first.

Vinter and Innes will be joined by Fraser Middleton in tomorrow’s men’s slalom, GB Alpine’s final event of the Championships.

Tomorrow’s World Junior Championships men’s slalom will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 from 8:20am GMT (1st run) and 11:50am (2nd run).

 

PARA NORDIC
World Championships, Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The Para Nordic World Championships concluded over the weekend with the final biathlon and cross country races.

On Thursday night (UK time), Scott Meenagh finished eighth in the individual biathlon with Steve Arnold in eleventh.

Sunday’s long distance cross country brought GB’s best result of the Championships with Meenagh finishing in sixth place; Arnold earned 11th place while Callum Deboys was 13th.

 

MOGULS
World Cup, Tazawako JPN – Sat 23 to Sun 24 February

GB Moguls produced some more fantastic World Cup results when the circuit visited Japan over the weekend.

Makayla Gerken Schofield was 14th in dual moguls and 16th in the individual event, her second best World Cup results in each discipline.

Thomas Gerken Schofield scored his best-ever individual World Cup result with 14th, and he has only once bettered his 16th place from dual moguls. Max Willis finished 24th in individual and 25th in dual, while Wil Willis was 35th and 34th in the corresponding events.

Next stop for the Moguls World Cup is next weekend in Shymbulak, Kazakhstan.

 

PARK & PIPE
Europa Cup, Davos SUI – Fri 22 February

Kirsty Muir scored GB Park & Pipe’s highest finish at the Europa Cup big air in Switzerland on Friday. The 14-year-old freeskier claimed second place in the ladies’ event while in the men’s Felix Klein was ninth ahead of Justin Taylor-Tipton 18th and Jasper Klein 22nd.

In snowboard big air, Maisie Hill and Matt McCormick both finished in fifth position. Raymond Prentice (10th) and Billy Cockrell (11th) also joined McCormick in the men’s final while Harry Waite finished qualifiers in 26th.

 

BRITS SET TO SHINE AROUND EUROPE

Posted on 21/02/19 by Rare Management

GB skiers continue to take part in the biggest snowsport events around the globe with World Championships currently taking place in Cross Country and Para Nordic, Junior World Championships for alpine as well as World Cups this weekend for moguls and ski cross.

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March

For the first time ever, two British skiers qualified for the top 30 of the World Championships sprint today in Seefeld.

James Clugnet qualified 12th in the prologue with Andrew Young 17th, however neither were able to win through to the semi-finals. Andrew Young ultimately finished 23rd (just one place behind his position two years ago) and Clugnet was 26th (49 places higher than 2017).

Annika Taylor was 53rd in the ladies’ skate sprint qualification, 4.34sec outside the top 30.

On Saturday Andrew Musgrave will take on the 30km skiathlon, the event in which he secured an historic seventh-place finish in PyeongChang.

Rounding out the first weekend of competition will be the classic team sprint where Young and Clugnet will compete in the men’s while Taylor will be joined by Nichole Bathe in the ladies’ event.

Saturday’s skiathlon will be screened on Eurosport 2 with the men’s event due to start at 11:30am GMT. Sunday’s finals of the classic team sprint will be on Eurosport 1 from 10:20am.

 

ALPINE SKIING
World Cup Stockholm SWE – Tue 19 February
World Junior Championships,
Val di Fassa ITA – Mon 18 to Wed 27 February

Dave Ryding picked up his second top 10 in three days when he took on the World Cup parallel slalom city event in Stockholm on Tuesday evening.

In a heavyweight matchup, Ryding drew Marco Schwarz in the first round, setting up a repeat of the New Year’s Day final in Oslo. The Austrian claimed the first run by the smallest of margins, just 0.01sec, setting up an exciting head-to-head shootout. Ryding was unable to turn the tables on Schwarz who won the showdown by 0.21sec, with the British number one finishing in ninth, the same result as the World Championship slalom on Sunday.

This week the Junior World Championships got underway in Italy with the ladies’ technical events.

On Tuesday Jess Anderson finished 46th in the giant slalom, Abi Bruce was 52nd while Victoria Palla DNF’d on the first run. In yesterday’s slalom, Anderson and Palla both failed to finish.

Wednesday also featured the men’s downhill where Iain Innes was 36th however he recorded a DNF in today’s super G.

GB Alpine will compete over the coming week in tomorrow’s alpine team event (facing Austria in the first round) as well as the men’s combined, slalom and giant slalom.

 

PARA NORDIC
World Championships, Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The GB Parasnowsport team continues to deliver best-ever results at the World Championship in Canada.

On Monday, Scott Meenagh won through to the semi-finals of the cross country sprint before finishing 10th overall, while Steve Arnold was 13th, Callum Deboys 15th and Steve Thomas 16th. In the ladies’ event Rachel Morris finished sixth.

In yesterday’s biathlon sprint, Meenagh finished 11th and Arnold was 14th. The final biathlon race takes place with the individual event scheduled for later tonight.

The Championships conclude over the weekend with the cross country relay on Saturday and long distance cross country on Sunday.

The Para Nordic World Championships are being streamed live from 6pm each day, with event links available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV.

 

 

MOGULS
World Cup, Tazawako JPN – Sat 23 to Sun 24 February

The in-form GB Moguls squad have travelled to Asia where they will compete in two World Cups over the coming fortnight.

Before heading to Kazakhstan next week, the first stop is Japan where moguls will be contested on Saturday and dual moguls on Sunday.

The squad continues to generate personal bests and the recent World Championships in Utah delivered Britain’s best-ever results for both men and women in the individual and dual events.

This weekend, Makayla Gerken Schofield will compete in the ladies’ events while her brother Thomas will line up with Wil and Max Willis in the men’s.

The moguls World Cup from Japan will be available on the Eurosport Player from 4:20am on Saturday and Sunday morning.

 

SKI CROSS
World Cup, Sunny Valley RUS – Thu 21 to Sun 24 February

Ollie Davies is flying the British flag at the penultimate ski cross World Cup of the season in Russia.

The Junior World Champion missed out on qualifying for Saturday’s final, finishing 42nd in this morning’s time trial. He has another chance tomorrow morning when qualifying will take place ahead of Sunday’s race.

Following the event in Sunny Valley there will be a three-week break before the World Cup Finals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

Saturday and Sunday’s ski cross World Cup racing will be screened on Eurosport 2 from 7:45am.

TAYLOR RANKS AMONGST THE BEST, RYDING SCORES TOP 10 AND WORLD CHAMPS CONTINUE

Posted on 18/02/19 by Rare Management

Jasmin Taylor will enter next season on the brink of history after a fantastic telemark World Cup in Slovenia where she finished her campaign with a host of top-three results in the overall rankings.

Dave Ryding and Charlie Guest recorded their best-ever World Championship results just as the Alpine World Junior Championships get underway.

The Para Nordic World Championships also started over the weekend in Canada while the British charge at the Cross Country World Championships starts tomorrow in Austria.

TELEMARK
World Cup, Krvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Sun 17 February
World Junior Championships, Krvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Mon 18 February

Jasmin Taylor has completed the most successful-season of her World Cup career with another great weekend of racing in Krvavec..

On Thursday Taylor was third in the classic which took her to 29 career World Cup podiums, tying the British record with freestyle skier Jilly Curry. Then over the weekend she was knocked out in the quarter-finals of Saturday’s parallel sprint to finish with a share of fifth, before recording a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s sprint, just 0.19sec off the podium.

Those results contributed to Taylor finishing the World Cup season with her best overall rankings: second in classic, second in sprint and third overall.

“It was my goal to finish the season in the top three, so I’m really pleased,” said Taylor. “The pressure over the last few races has been overwhelming and very intense.

“It was emotional and amazing to discover with my coach that I had done enough to secure the third place.”

The best British results in the men’s World Cup races went to Louis Hatchwell (20th) in the classic, Alec Dixon (=17th) in the parallel sprint and Colin Dixon (27th) in the sprint.

This World Cup event also co-hosted the World Junior Championships where Alec and Colin Dixon were in action. In the sprint, Colin was 16th while Alec recorded a DNF; in the parallel sprint Colin was knocked out in the first round (=17th) and Alec in the second (=9th); in yesterday’s sprint Colin finished 12th and Alec was 16th.

After five World Cups in four countries over 29 days, the skiers now have a month to prepare for the Telemark World Championships in Rjukan, Norway on 20-23 March.

 

ALPINE SKIING
World Championships,
Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February
World Cup Stockholm SWE – Tue 19 February
World Junior Championships,
Val di Fassa ITA

The best British result of the Alpine World Championships came in the final event when Dave Ryding rocketed up the leaderboard to finish ninth.

After recording the 20th-fastest time on the first run, Ryding then sent down the third-fastest second run to rise eleven places and register his best individual World Cup finish.

Zak Vinter was 37th, Billy Major was 43rd after the first run but couldn’t complete his second while Laurie Taylor recorded a DNF on the first run.

Charlie Guest put in one of her best-ever races in the ladies’ slalom to finish 24th. Having never previously made the flip into the top 30 at Olympic, World Championships or World Cup level, the 25-year-old finished 30th on the first run and had the honour of leading the field down for the second run.

Guest temporarily held the World Championship lead, ultimately registering the 14th-fastest second run time to climb six places into 24th.

On Friday, Charlie Raposo was 32nd after the first run of the men’s giant slalom before recording a DNF.

For Ryding, there is no post-World Championships rest as he is in action in the parallel slalom tomorrow evening at the World Cup City Event in Stockholm. The 32-year-old has recorded three of his top five World Cup results in the knockout format, including a second-place finish on New Year’s Day in Oslo and fourth at the corresponding event in Stockholm in 2017.

The World Cup City Event will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 from Tuesday 4:20pm.

Meanwhile, the World Junior Championships start tomorrow in Italy with eight GB Alpine skiers in action over the coming week.

The ladies’ technical events take place over the next two days; Jess Anderson, Victoria Palla and Abi Bruce will contest tomorrow’s giant slalom while Anderson and Palla will also be in Wednesday’s slalom.

On Thursday Iain Innes will be in the men’s super G before the alpine team event on Friday.

Next week sees men’s giant slalom on Monday and slalom on Tuesday. Innes, Zak Vinter and Will Beney will line up for both races, Leo Karavasili is in the giant slalom and Fraser Middleton will race the slalom.

 

PARA NORDIC
World Championships, Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The Para Nordic World Championships are taking place this week in Canada with five British skiers competing across the six cross country and biathlon events.

In Saturday’s middle distance biathlon, PyeongChang Paralympian Scott Meenagh led the way in eighth while Steve Arnold was 11th. Meenagh was again the front-running British skier in yesterday’s middle distance cross country, scoring another eighth-place finish. Steve Arnold (13th) and Callum Deboys (14th) finished further back while Rachel Morris was seventh in the ladies’ race.

Racing continues today with the cross country sprint before a rest day tomorrow. Meenagh and Arnold will line up in the biathlon sprint and individual events on Wednesday and Thursday, then all five skiers will be in action on the weekend in the final two cross country races.

The Para Nordic World Championships are being streamed live from 6pm each day, with event links available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV.

Hi-resolution photography from the event is available at https://paranordic.photoshelter.com/index.

 

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March

The World Cross Country Championships start in Austria on Thursday with three of the five-strong British squad in action in the skate sprint.

Annika Taylor will be flying the flag in the ladies’ race, hoping to emulate her sprint from the 2017 World Championships where she narrowly missed qualifying into the top 30 in what remains one of the best results of her career.

James Clugnet and Andrew Young will be in the men’s event, with the pair spurring each other on to great performances throughout this season. In the last World Cup in Finland, Young finished seventh in what was his second-best career result in an individual sprint. Clugnet has had a breakthrough season at the highest level, qualifying to the knockout races in four of the six World Cups sprints.

Young’s best World Championships sprint result came in Lahti two years ago when he was 22nd. On that occasion Clugnet competed in his first World Championships and was 75th, 15 seconds off the top 30, however the 22-year-old has come on leaps and bounds in the time since.

The Cross Country World Championships are being broadcast on Eurosport. The heats, semi-finals and finals of Thursday’s sprint will be on Eurosport 2 from 1pm GMT.

 

FREESTYLE SKIING
Nor-Am Cup, Apen USA – Fri 15 to Sun 17 February

Zoe Atkin continued her strong season with victory at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open on Saturday.

It was the 16-year-old’s third Nor-Am Cup victory in as many events this year, and she now sits on top of the halfpipe standings with two events remaining in March.

World Junior Champion Connie Brogden was fifth in the halfpipe having earlier finished twelfth in slopestyle. Sam Ward finished seventh in halfpipe with Sam Gaskin 24th.

WORLD CHAMPS CONTINUE, EYOF WINDS UP AND TAYLOR ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY

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Jasmin Taylor has the chance to create history this week at the telemark World Cup in Slovenia, an event which is also doubling as the Junior World Championships. Meanwhile the Alpine World Championships continue in Sweden with much anticipation ahead of Dave Ryding’s slalom run on Sunday; the World Para Nordic Championships start tomorrow in Canada; results are in from the opening speed ski World Cup of the season and the European Youth Olympic Festival has wrapped up in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 

TELEMARK WORLD CUP & WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Krvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Mon 18 February

Jasmin Taylor is on track to become Britain’s most-decorated FIS World Cup athlete this weekend’s event in Slovenia which also features races in the World Junior Championship.

The telemark ace scored her 29th career podium when she finished third in Thursday’s classic in Krvavec, and still has sprint and parallel sprint races to come over the weekend. So far this season Taylor has recorded seven podium finishes from 10 races and has finished no worse than fifth. She has a four-from-four record of top three results in Krvavec and won the parallel sprint there last year.

Yesterday’s result took her career tally equal with freestyle skier Jilly Curry who also earned 29 podiums in freestyle skiing between 1987 and 1994.

In the men’s classic races, Louis Hatchwell finished 20th in the World Cup, while in the Junior World Championship race Colin Dixon was 16th and Alec Dixon recorded a DNF.

Parallel sprint is scheduled to be contested tomorrow followed by the World Cup sprint on Sunday and Junior World Championship sprint on Monday.

Live streaming of the FIS Telemark World Cup is available at: www.livestream.com/TeleHo

 

EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC WINTER FESTIVAL
Sarajevo & East Sarajevo BIH – Mon 11 to Fri 15 February

The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Sarajevo wrapped up today with the 16 snowsport athletes performing strongly and matching the 2017 tally by bringing home a bronze medal.

Snowboard: Gabe Adams led the way on the snowboard course with a bronze medal in yesterday’s big air after finishing sixth in Tuesday’s slopestyle. Lewis Moore joined Adams in both finals and finished 11th in both events. Ethan Smith (18th) and Leon Drynan (23rd) both made the boys’ slopestyle semis before finishing 17th and 22nd (respectively) in big air qualification.

In the girls’ events, Lara Cabrera-Myram was 11th in slopestyle and 21st in big air, while Luca Mai Lane Hopkins was 14th in big air and 15th in slopestyle.

Alpine: Sarah Woodward produced the best result of the alpine team when she was eighth in slalom on the opening day of the competition, before finishing 15th in giant slalom. Victoria Palla was in the top 10 after the first run of the slalom before recording a DNF and was 21st giant slalom. Olivia Foster and Daisi Daniels both scored their best results in slalom and managed to finish all four runs across both races.

The best result in the boys’ races came from Owen Vinter who was 20th in giant slalom in a race where Charles Rankin was 35th. Oliver Weeks – a late addition to the team – was the only British racer not to DNF in slalom and finished in 33rd. Unfortunately Edouard Guigonnet recorded DNFs in both events, while Weeks failed to finish the giant slalom.

Cross Country: Amongst highly-competitive fields, there were solid results from Team GB’s pair of cross country skiers with the best performances coming in the 7.5km free where Alexander Franks-Penty was 39th and Beinn Horsfall was 46th. Franks-Penty finished 46th in the 10km classic and 52nd in the sprint classic; Horsfall was 64th and 56th in the corresponding events.

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

The Alpine Skiing World Championships are moving to their conclusion in Sweden with the final three technical events still to come.

On Tuesday GB was defeated 3-1 by Germany in the opening round of the Alpine Team Event. Dave Ryding was the only racer to win his match-up on the way to a share of ninth place.

Yesterday, Alex Tilley was in 25th after the opening run of the giant slalom, but unfortunately recorded a DNF on the second run. Jess Anderson failed to finish first run on her World Championship debut and is now en route to next week’s World Junior Championships in Italy.

Later today, Charlie Raposo will make his first appearance of the event in the giant slalom alongside Jack Gower who has already competed in downhill, super G and alpine combined.

On Saturday, the ladies’ slalom will feature Tilley and Charlie Guest while GB will be represented by Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Zak Vinter and Billy Major in Sunday’s men’s slalom

Note: BBC and Eurosport are screening the Alpine World Championships on the Red Button and other digital channels. BBC viewing schedule: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/46831231; Eurosport viewing schedule: https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/alpine-skiing/48. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.

 

PARA NORDIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The World Para Nordic Championships kick off in Canada over the weekend where a five-strong team from GB Parasnowsport will be in action.

Steve Arnold and PyeongChang Paralympian Scott Meenagh are the first skiers in action and they will be taking on the biathlon sprint tomorrow.

The pair will be joined in the cross country middle distance event on Sunday by Callum Deboys, Steve Thomas and Rachel Morris who are all making their first World Championships appearances.

Over the course of the following week, GB will also be represented in individual and middle distance biathlon as well as sprint and long distance cross country.

 

SKI CROSS WORLD CUP
Feldberg GER – Thu 14 to Sun 17 February

Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was unable to reproduce his recent form in Germany over the past two days at the World Cup in Feldberg.

In his most recent outings, Davies recorded GB’s best-ever men’s ski cross results at World Cup and World Championship level.

However in both yesterday’s and this morning’s qualifying runs, the 21-year-old could not crack the top 32 and will not proceed to the weekend’s knockout runs.

The World Cup circuit moves on to Russia next week where Davies will be in action at Sunny Valley.

 

SPEED SKI WORLD CUP
Salla FIN – Wed 13 to Thu 14 February

The Speed Ski World Cup season kicked off this week in Finland with Jan Farrell looking to build on a successful 2017/18 campaign which delivered his career-best results.

Farrell recorded a pair of ninth-place finishes on Wednesday and Thursday, improving on his two 13th-place results from 2018.

The circuit has a three-week break before resuming at Idre Fjäll in March.

ADAMS AND TAYLOR SCORE HISTORIC RESULTS

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Snowboarder Gabe Adams has claimed Team GB’s first medal of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Sarajevo while telemark skier Jasmin Taylor is on the brink of creating history after a great day for GB Snowsport.

Having qualified through to the big air final by finishing third in his heat, Adams fell on his first run in the final to sit in ninth position. However his next two runs were amongst the best in the final, seeing him move up the leaderboard to earn the bronze medal.

“I’m super excited to have won [the bronze medal] – it was such a good experience,” said Adams. “I managed to put down a pretty decent run that got me into third.

“I wasn’t expected to win like that – my mum and dad were so excited; my mum even cried a bit.

“It’s been wicked that they even came to watch – I can’t thank them enough.”

Switzerland’s Nick Puenter (184.25) completed a perfect week in Sarajevo by backing up his slopestyle victory on Tuesday with another win, just edging Lithuania’s Motiejus Morauskas (183.00) with Adams (169.25) leaping four places on his final run to get on the podium.

Lewis Moore also qualified through to his second final of the week, ultimately finishing in 11th.

Meanwhile in Slovenia, Jasmin Taylor has opened the final telemark World Cup of the season with third place in today’s classic behind Swiss ace Amelie Wenger-Reymond and Germany’s Johanna Holzmann.

It is Taylor’s seventh World Cup podium of the season and the 29th of her career.

That result brings the 25-year-old equal with freestyle skier Jilly Curry’s all-time British record. Curry achieved her 29 podiums between 1987 and 1994, with Taylor now preparing for two more races in the next two days where she will attempt to break the 25-year-old record.

WOODSY’S WIN KICKS OFF WEEKEND OF MORE WORLD CHAMPS AND WORLD CUP ACTION

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A gold medal to James Woods’ in last night’s ski slopestyle continued a strong GB charge at the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Championships. The top-level action continues over the coming days with the final events wrapping up in Utah, the World Alpine Championships move up a gear in Sweden, GB Snowsport will feature in World Cups for para alpine, cross country, snowboard cross and telemark while the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival kicks off on Monday.

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. Eurosport is also broadcasting the Alpine World Championships with their schedule available at: https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/alpine-skiing/48. 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 – Thursday 31 January to Sunday 10 February

James Woods now has a medal of each colour from the Freestyle Skiing World Championships after picking up the elusive gold medal in last night’s ski slopestyle final.

Adding to his 2013 silver and 2017 bronze, Woods also has the honour of being the first British male to win a World Championship on snow. While Chris McCormick finished 17th in his heat and did not progress through to the final.

Watch James Woods’ gold medal-winning run here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LquUYcYW4qc

Like Woods, Izzy Atkin also won slopestyle bronze at the 2017 World Championships but was not given the opportunity to again stand on the podium this year. After finishing third in big air on the weekend, Atkin’s preferred slopestyle event was cancelled with heavy conditions and an unfavourable forecast not allowing a window in which to conduct a rescheduled competition.

The snow continues to bucket down in Park City bringing into question whether today’s ski halfpipe qualifiers will be able to take place. If they do, Sam Ward and Izzy Atkin’s younger sister Zoe will be hoping to win a place in the finals in what will be their first World Championships outing.

Moguls qualifying is scheduled for Friday with Makayla Gerken Schofield lining up in the ladies’ event, with Thomas Gerken Schofield, Wil Willis, Max Willis and Will Feneley in the men’s. Individual moguls will take place on Friday with dual moguls on Saturday.

Following the cancellation of the snowboard big air, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick will be hoping the weather clears enough for their slopestyle qualifiers to take place on Saturday. Finals will take place on Sunday in the final event of the World Championships.

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Åre SWE – Monday 4 to Sunday 17 February

The Alpine Skiing World Championships have commenced in Sweden and the first British athlete in action has been Jack Gower.

Unfortunately the 24-year-old missed the last gate of yesterday’s super G but has the chance to make amends in Saturday’s downhill and Monday’s alpine combined.

The technical events commence next week starting with the alpine team event where GB will be hoping to maintain the form which brought an Olympic top-five finish in 2018.

 

PARA ALPINE WORLD CUP
Veysonnaz SUI – Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 February

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe walked away from the recent World Championships with five medals – two of them gold – and they have continued that success at this week’s Para Alpine World Cup in Switzerland.

The pair scored a gold and silver medal from yesterday’s two super G races, and followed up with another win in their third race this morning.

The final three races of the World Cup will be contested in giant slalom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Para Alpine World Cup can be streamed live over the next three days. The first run is due to start at 9:30am, and the second at midday with links available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV.

 

SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUP
Feldberg GER – Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 February

A week ago Charlotte Bankes was in the United States celebrating her first individual World Championships medal when she finished second in the snowboard cross.

However she is quickly back into World Cup action this week and will take to the start gates in qualifying tomorrow alongside Maisie Potter. The pair will be putting their best foot forward to qualify for Saturday morning’s finals.

Bankes already has a World Cup podium to her credit this year and will be riding high after her success in Utah.

The finals of the snowboard cross World Cup will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from Saturday 8:45am.

 

CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP
Lahti FIN – Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 February

Andrew Young and James Clugnet have shown strong recent form and the sprint specialists will be hoping to continue that at this weekend’s World Cup in Finland.

Young is coming off fifth-place finishes at the Norwegian National Championships and Norwegian Cup over the last three weeks, while Clugnet has broken through to the top 30 in three of his last four World Cup starts.

The pair also combined for sixth place in the team sprint in Dresden in January and will be hoping for an equally strong performance on Sunday.

The heats, semi-finals and finals of Saturday’s sprint skate will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 1pm. The final of the classic team sprint will be on the Eurosport Player from Sunday 12:30pm.

 

TELEMARK WORLD CUP
Bad Hindelang GER – Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 February

Jasmin Taylor is seeking more World Cup glory when the fourth World Cup in three weeks takes place in Germany this weekend.

Saturday will feature the sprint event, followed by the parallel sprint on Sunday.

The men’s races will feature Louis Hatchwell, Ben Emsley and Alec Dixon in both events while Colin Dixon will also start Sunday’s race.

Live streaming of the Telemark World Cup will begin at 8am GMT on https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/8500991.

 

EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC WINTER FESTIVAL
Sarajevo & East Sarajevo BIH – Monday 11 to Friday 15 February

The European Youth Olympic Festival kicks off in Bosnia & Herzegovina on Monday where GB Snowsport athletes will be in action in three disciplines.

In alpine, the ladies’ giant slalom on Monday will feature Victoria Palla, Sarah Woodward, Daisi Daniels and Olivia Foster with the men’s event to follow on Tuesday with Edouard Guigonnet, Charles Rankin and Owen Vinter. Jake Doyle has been forced out of the team through injury.

Snowboard slopestyle qualification also takes place on Monday with six riders competing across the men’s and ladies’ categories: Gabe Adams, Ethan Smith, Lewis Moore and Leon Drynan; Luca Mai Lane-Hopkins and Lara Cabrera-Myram.

The cross country programme starts with the Monday’s 10km classic on Monday when Alexander Franks-Penty and Beinn Horsfall will be in action.

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