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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

Posted on 18/02/19 by Rare Management

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

Posted on 18/02/19 by Rare Management

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

Posted on 07/02/19 by Rare Management

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.

JAMES WOODS – NEW WORLD CHAMPION

Posted on 07/02/19 by Rare Management

James Woods is Great Britain’s newest World Champion after taking out the ski slopestyle final at Park City, Utah on Wednesday.

After qualifying was postponed on Tuesday, Woods finished third in today’s heat to take his place in the 10-man final.

Woods took the lead in the second run, making the best of the tricky wind conditions with a score of 86.68. During the third and final run, conditions continued to play havoc with just two competitors able to improve their scores.

That left Woods in the podium-topping position ahead of Norway’s Birk Ruud (85.40) and USA’s two-time Olympic medallist Nick Goepper (85.18).

It is the second time Woods has stood on the World Championships podium after finishing third in 2017 at Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Woods’ long-time coach Pat Sharples paid tribute to event organisers for managing to complete the ski slopestyle event in the face of weather which has hampered the overall World Championships programme.

“The last couple of days have been incredibly tough,” said Sharples. “The conditions have been really difficult due to heavy snowfall and high winds, but all the athletes, support staff, coaches and event staff have done their best to make the event happen.”

The ladies’ ski slopestyle has not yet made it to the qualification stage due to the adverse weather with organisers still monitoring conditions to see if there is a window in the competition programme to run the event.

Should it go ahead, Izzy Atkin will be looking to add to the World Championships ski slopestyle bronze she won in 2017 as well as the third place she achieved in ski big air on Saturday.

** The adverse weather conditions have forced the cancellation of the snowboard big air competition, with Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick now waiting to join Jamie Nicholls in slopestyle later in the programme

** In Sweden today, Jack Gower opened Great Britain’s campaign at the World Alpine Championship however he failed to finish the race after missing the final gate of the course

** Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe followed up their World Championships success on Wednesday with a victory and a second place finish in the two super G World Cup races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. Another super G race is scheduled for tomorrow before giant slalom races later in the week.

WORLD CHAMPS CONTINUE THIS WEEK IN USA AND SWEDEN

Posted on 04/02/19 by Rare Management

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

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

 

FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Park City USA – Thu 31 January to Sun 10 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

IZZY ATKIN CREATES HISTORY AT WORLD CHAMPS

Posted on 04/02/19 by Rare Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHARLOTTE BANKES CLAIMS SILVER AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted on 04/02/19 by Rare Management

Snowboard cross star Charlotte Bankes has won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Park City, USA.

After switching countries from France in November, Bankes has won three Europa Cups, stood on the World Cup podium and has now won Great Britain’s first-ever snowboard cross medal at a major championship.

The 23-year-old was clinical in qualifying yesterday, setting the third-fastest time to comfortably win through to the quarter-finals.

Bankes finished second in today’s quarter-final before scoring an emphatic victory in her semi-final to earn her place in the final four.

With USA’s five-time World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis eliminated in the semis, the medals were expected to be decided by Bankes and the last two Olympic gold medallists, Eva Samkova (CZE) and Michela Moioli (ITA).

Out of the start gate it was Bankes and Samkova who were away best, with the Czech rider taking a decisive edge into the first turn. While Moioli dropped back to fourth early on, she was soon on Bankes’ tail and the three favourites were in the medal positions.

As the trio jockeyed for track position throughout, a relatively clean race ended with Samkova claiming her first world title ahead of Bankes with Moioli in third.

Speaking after the medal ceremony, Bankes was excited to have stepped on the World Championships podium for the first time, marking her first major championships medal.

“It’s great to actually be enjoying snowboarding again, to be pain free,” said Bankes, referring to both her recent switch back to Great Britain and also her long recovery from a 2011 pelvis injury which she is finally almost fully-recovered from. “It was fun racing, a fun final.

“It was always going to be tough; Eva and Michela, they’re both Olympic gold medallists but it was just really good hard, fun racing.”

Already a three-time World Cup winner and two-time Olympian, Bankes described today’s performance as the best of her career.

“This one is above them all. I’ve always struggled in the one-day events, I’ve never ridden that well but today was fun, everything seemed to go to plan. It’s nice after all the hard work which everyone has put in.”

** Ollie Davies, Emily Sarsfield and Emma Peters will take to the start gate later tonight in ski cross qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s knockout stages.

 

MORE GOLD FOR FITZPATRICK & KEHOE, PLUS FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPS BEGIN IN UTAH

Posted on 01/02/19 by Rare Management

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe have scored their second gold medal in the space of 24 hours as Great Britain picked up four medals on the final day of the World Para Alpine Championships in Italy on Thursday. The event came to a close just hours before the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Championships were due to begin in Park City where one of GB’s brightest stars, Charlotte Bankes, was the first athlete on snow.

PARA ALPINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sella Nevea ITA – Wed 30 to Thu 31 January

It has been a whirlwind couple of days for Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe whose victory in Wednesday’s downhill made them GB’s first Paralympic and World Championship gold medallists.

 

With heavy weather scheduled for Friday, the first leg of Thursday’s super combined was scheduled to double-up as the super G World Championship, with Fitzpatrick and Kehoe beating out Australia’s Melissa Perrine (guide: Bobbi Kelly) to win their second title in as many days. Kelly Gallagher (guide: Gary Smith) picked up her second medal of the Championships in finishing third.

A few hours later, and with the super G times carried through to the slalom leg, Perrine was able to overhaul Fitzpatrick’s time advantage to claim the gold in the super combined. Fitzpatrick and Kehoe earned their fifth medal of the championships with silver and Gallagher and Smith picked up bronze, their third medal in 24 hours.

In the men’s standing category, James Whitley recorded his best result at this level with fifth in the super combined. The 21-year-old was tenth in the super G, then sent down the third-fastest slalom run to move five places up the leaderboard to finish just 2.09sec off the podium.

Great Britain finished the World Championships with two gold, three silver and three bronze to sit in sixth place on the medal table.

 

FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Park City USA – Thu 31 January to Sun 10 February

Note: BBC is screening the 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.

The World Championships for freestyle skiing and snowboard kicked off in Utah later today where Charlotte Bankes will take part in snowboard cross qualifying, attempting to win through to tomorrow’s finals.

A two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup winner for France, Bankes has already stood on the World Cup podium this season and won three Europa Cups since switching to Great Britain in November.

Qualifying is scheduled for 7:20pm GMT this evening with live timing at https://fis.live-scoring.net/7611. Tomorrow’s finals are scheduled to begin at 6pm GMT and will be screened live on BBC.

Tomorrow also sees PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield and Emma Peters lining up for qualifying in the ladies’ ski cross while Junior World Champion Ollie Davies is in action for the men’s. Qualifying is scheduled to commence at 9:30pm GMT on Friday with all athletes hoping to win through to Saturday’s knockout stages which start at 8pm GMT and will be screened on BBC.

Qualifying and finals of the ski big air competition will both take place on Saturday (US time) with GB’s two medallists from the 2017 World Championships both lining up. Izzy Atkin and James Woods both won slopestyle bronze in Sierra Nevada and with the discipline accepted into the Olympic programme in 2022, ski big air is featuring the World Championships for the first time. Chris McCormick, who is having his best World Cup season, will line up alongside Woods in the men’s event.

Qualifying begins at 4:40pm GMT with the finals – which will be screened on BBC (see above link) – beginning on Sunday at 2am GMT.

 

TELEMARK WORLD CUP
Pra Loup FRA – Tue 29 to Thu 31 January

After two medals in two days, Jasmin Taylor was unable to reproduce a podium-performance in today’s parallel sprint in Pra Loup.

After winning through her first round, Taylor crashed out in her quarter-final, settling for a share of fifth place. Louis Hatchwell and Ben Emsley were knocked out in the first round of the men’s event, finishing in equal-17th.

The next Telemark World Cup takes place in Germany on 9-10 February before the World and Junior World Championships in Slovenia on 14-18 February.

 

ALPINE WORLD CUPS
Schladming AUT – Tue 29 January
Maribor SLO – Fri 1 to Sat 2 February
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Sun 3 February

Dave Ryding scored his fourth top 10 of the season at ‘The Nightrace’ in Schladming on Tuesday. The 32-year-old finished in ninth place in the final World Cup slalom before February’s World Championships in Sweden.

Laurie Taylor was  37th on the first run, 0.77sec outside the top 30. He will compete at next week’s Europa Cup slalom in Switzerland ahead of the World Championships.

Alex Tilley will compete in the ladies’ giant slalom and slalom World Cup in Slovenia starting tomorrow. The PyeongChang Olympian scored one of her best career results at Kronplatz two weeks ago with a top 20 giant slalom performance at the World Cup.

And on Sunday, Charlie Raposo will be in Germany for the giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen as he continues strive towards a World Cup top 30.

The alpine World Cups in Slovenia and Germany will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player. (Friday: ladies’ giant slalom 1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 11:45am; Saturday ladies’ slalom 1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 12pm; Sunday’s: men’s giant slalom 1st run 9:15am, 2nd run 12:15pm.)

 

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

GB Cross Country is continuing its preparations for next month’s World Championships at the Norwegian National Championships in Meraaker.

In today’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.

The trio will take place in tomorrow’s sprint skate and Saturday’s skiathlon, with Andrew Young also joining Musgrave in Friday’s sprint.

Live timing is available at https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/cross-country/live.html. Tomorrow’s qualifying begins at 10:30am GMT with finals from 1pm; Saturday’s skiathlon races are at 9:15am (ladies) and 12pm (men’s).

 

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