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British Snowsport Athletes in action this weekend

Posted on 15/12/17 by Rare Management

Woodsy in Dew Tour Finals, World Cup campaign kicks off for Wallace in aerials and World Cup action continues for Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, Nordic and Alpine

Dew Tour – Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 December

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Ski Slopestyle – James Woods & Izzy Atkin 

Ski Halfpipe – Rowan Cheshire, Madi Rowlands & Murray Buchan

James Woods showed he is mixing it with the best, qualifying for Saturday’s Dew Tour Ski Slopestyle finals in seventh place yesterday in Breckenridge. Woodsy’s GB Park and Pipe teammate Izzy Atkin was scuppered by high winds, with the women’s Ski Slopestyle postponed until today.

In the Ski Halfpipe qualification there was a strong showing from the GB Park and Pipe contingent. Madi Rowlands finished in an impressive 10th place, just being nudged out of finals. Murray Buchan was in 17th place and Rowan Cheshire, who is still on the return from injury finished in 16th position. 

 

FIS Ski Cross World Cup –  Tuesday 12 December – Arosa SUI
FIS Ski Cross World Cup – Thursday 14 & Friday 15 December – Montafon AUT

Ladies’ Ski Cross – Emily Sarsfield, Pamela Thorburn, Liz Stevenson, Emma Peters

With tricky conditions in Arosa for the Ski Cross World Cup (part of the 16-day Cross Alps Tour), the finals were unable to run after a snow storm made racing impossible. Fortunately, all the racers had completed the qualification, which ended up standing as the final result. Emily Sarsfield was the strongest British performer, finishing in 24th position. Liz Stevenson was 33rd and unfortunately Pam Thorburn DNF.

Sarsfield and Thorburn were in action today in Montafon along with Emma Peters who was making her first ever World Cup start. Sarsfield couldn’t quite make it to the finals, placing 24th again in qualification. Pam Thorburn was 33rd and Emma Peters in 34th position. 

 

FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup – Wednesday 13 December – Val Thorens FRA

FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup – Friday 15 & Saturday 16 December – Montafon AUT
Ladies’ Snowboard Cross – Zoe Gillings-Brier


Wednesday saw Zoe Gillings-Brier in World Cup action for the first time since September. At the World Cup in Val Thorens, Gillings-Brier finished 23rd in qualification, just missing out on the finals. She is now in Montafon, Austria, for the second World Cup of the week. Saturday will see Gillings-Brier try and improve on her performance in France. 

Unfortunately Maisie Potter sustained a foot injury in training earlier this week, which sadly will put her out of action for the next couple of months.. British Ski and Snowboard wish Maisie a speedy recovery. 


FIS Aerials World Cup – Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December – Secret Garden CHN
Men’s Aerials – Lloyd Wallace

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It is only four months since Lloyd Wallace suffered a scary training accident which left him in an induced coma, however the 22-year-old is well and truly back on his feet and pushing to follow in his parents’ footsteps to become an Olympian.

Wallace finished eighth at a Europa Cup event in Finland earlier this month, giving him the confidence heading into the opening World Cup event of the season at Secret Garden.

Last season Wallace achieved three top 20 results from seven World Cup starts, including a 10th place finish in Minsk.

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December – Toblach ITA
Men’s 15km Free and 15km Classic Pursuit – Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young

Andrew Musgrave will get another chance at a 15km Free race this weekend in Toblach, looking to improve on his credible 16th place in the same event last weekend in Davos. He is joined by teammate Andrew Young who is coming back into form following a heavy cold.  

Callum Smith, Nichole Bathe, James Clugnet, Sam Cairns, Oliver Newman and Charlie Harrigan will all compete in the OPA races in St Ulrich, Austria this weekend. 

 

FIS Alpine World Cup – Sunday 17 December – Alta Badia ITA

Slalom – Charlie Raposo

Delancey Alpine Europa Cup Squad athlete Charlie Raposo returns from North America to take on his first World Cup of the season on Sunday, racing in the Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. His team mates Alex Tilley and Cara Brown were due to race today in Andalo but the race was cancelled due to the weather. 

Laurie Taylor will be taking his recent back to back FIS Slalom victories to Europa Cup level in Kronplatz tomorrow. Billy Major will join Taylor, for his second Europa Cup of the week, following his 36th place in the Obereggen Slalom on Wednesday. Both Taylor and Major will then head to Val di Fassa to compete in the Slalom Europa Cup on Monday.

Speed specialist Jack Gower has been competing in the Panorama Nor-Am race series this week, with a 16th in Monday’s Super G, followed by a 17th and 13th in Tuesday and Wednesday’s Giant Slaloms.

 

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Musgrave clinches 16th in Davos whilst Ryding struggles in Val d’Isere

Posted on 11/12/17 by Rare Management

Musgrave clinches 16th in Davos whilst Ryding struggles in Val d’Isere

British Nordic’s Andrew Musgrave pulled out another top-20 performance yesterday at the Cross Country World Cup in Davos as he claimed 16th place in the 15km Free.

Over in Val d’Isere, Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Dave Ryding battled heavy snow conditions to finish in 19th position after the second run.

At the opening Moguls World Cup in Ruka, Max Willis claimed a solid 25th place in his return to top level moguls competition, with Thomas Gerken Schofield 44th and sister Makayla Gerken Schofield 32nd in the Ladies event.

This week sees the British Ski Cross team in action in the Cross Alps Tour in Arosa and Montafon, whilst the British Snowboard Cross team head to Val Thorens for their first Northern Hemisphere World Cup of the season. Whilst over in the States, five of the GB Park and Pipe team will compete in the prestigious Dew Tour in Breckenridge.

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – Davos SUI

At the third World Cup in as many weeks for the British Nordic team, Andrew Musgrave had the stand out performance of the weekend, finishing 16th in the 15km Free (Skate) in Davos yesterday.

Musgrave said after the race: ‘I started off a bit hard today and paid the price on the last lap. I am a bit disappointed with 16th place, but have another couple of distance races coming up to make up for it.”

Andrew Young clocked the best British result in Saturday’s Sprint, finishing in 43rd place, followed by 67th in the 15km Free. “I always like racing in Davos” said Young. “I didn’t go that fast but felt good and it’s always fun to do a distance race.”

FIS Alpine World Cup – Sunday 10 December – Val d’Isere FRA

It wasn’t Dave Ryding’s day yesterday at the Slalom World Cup in Val d’Isere. In heavy snow, Ryding was lying in 15th place after the first run, and couldn’t improve on that in the second run, falling down into 19th place.

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“I know it was the same for everybody” said Ryding, “but I just couldn’t see, there was so much snow coming off the poles. I really struggled with the visibility and I couldn’t ski the way I wanted to ski.”

Ryding’s next World Cup Slalom is on Friday 22nd December in Madonna di Campiglio under the floodlights.

Elsewhere, Delancey British Alpine Team athlete Laurie Taylor proved that he is in great form, taking two wins at the FIS Slalom races in Kuehtai on Friday and Saturday. The two wins mean he has now claimed three victories in FIS races over the last two weeks.

Jack Gower also had another great Nor-Am result in Lake Louise, finishing in 24th position in the Super G on Friday. This followed his 18th place in the Downhill last Tuesday.

Gower will now head to Panorama, Canada for a set of Nor-Am races. Unfortunately, today’s Super G has been postponed, but racing is due to run all week.

FIS Moguls World Cup – Saturday 9 December – Ruka FIN
In the first Moguls World Cup of the season, British athlete Max Willis made an impressive comeback to competitive moguls, claiming 25th position in Ruka. After a run of unfortunate injuries, it had been nearly three years since the 24 year-old’s last major competition, but now fully recovered, Willis is making his comeback onthe World Cup circuit.

Siblings Makayla and Thomas Gerken-Schofield were also in action, competing in their first ever Moguls World Cup. 19-year-old Thomas finished in 44th place with 18-year-old Makayla finishing in 32nd position in the Ladies competition.

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
FIS Ski Cross World Cup – Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 December – Arosa SUI
FIS Ski Cross World Cup – Thursday 14 & Friday 15 December – Montafon AUT

Ladies’ Ski Cross – Emily Sarsfield, Pamela Thorburn, Liz Stevenson, Emma Peters

None of the British squad managed to progress to the knockout races in Val Thorens last week however they get a quick shot at redemption in Arosa this evening. Liz Stevenson did not race in France but will this week join Emily Sarsfield and Pamela Thorburn as they take on the Swiss track in a night-sprint event.

Emma Peters is then set to make her first World Cup start when the 16-day Cross Alps Tour heads to Montafon on Thursday, accompanied by Sarsfield and Thorburn.
FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup – Tuesday 12 to Wednesday 13 December – Val Thorens FRA
Ladies’ Snowboard Cross – Zoe Gillings-Brier, Maisie Potter

It’s been more than three months since the Snowboard Cross World Cup kicked off in Argentina back in September, and the riders are ready launch into the next three events in the space of 11 days.

First stop is Val Thorens where three-time Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier will be hoping to carry through some strong form from November when she placed fifth in a Europa Cup race in Pitztal. She has raced World Cups in 15 different countries over 16 years however this will be her first race at this level in France. Gillings-Brier has nearly 40 World Cup top-tens to her credit including one win and five other podiums.

British Snowsports Fund grant recipient Potter raced her first World Cup event less than a year ago. She produced her best World Cup result at Cerro Catedral in September when she placed 21st, missing the knockout races by eight-tenths of a second.

Dew Tour – Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 December

Ski Slopestyle – James Woods & Izzy Atkin

Ski Halfpipe – Rowan Cheshire, Madi Rowlands & Murray Buchan

Five GB Park and Pipe skiers are heading to Breckenridge in the USA to compete in the prestigious Dew Tour. Wednesday sees the qualifiers for the Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe with finals on Friday. For Ski Slopestyle, qualifiers are on Thursday and finals on Saturday.

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Ryding and Musgrave lead World Cup charge this weekend

Posted on 08/12/17 by Rare Management

Slalom specialist Dave Ryding and Cross Country ace Andrew Musgrave headline the British charge into a series of World Cup events this weekend.

There are also a pair of siblings making their World Cup debut in moguls and Alpine skiers heading to a range of events in Europe and North America


FIS Alpine World Cup – Sunday 10 December – Val d’Isere FRA

Dave Ryding was bitterly disappointed after his first event of the season four weeks ago in Levi, Finland when he led going into the second run only to ski out with a second World Cup podium up for grabs.

Ryding’s career-best at Val d’Isere is 12th, but he heads to the French resort as one of the favourites not only due to his six World Cup top-tens in 2016/17, but also from the genuine speed he showed in Levi. 

The victor at that event, German Felix Neureuther, has been ruled out for the season – including the Olympic Winter Games – after tearing a knee ligament in training which opens the door for other skiers, including Ryding, to capitalise.

Elsewhere, the Delancey British Alpine Team has been in more action this week and will continue to do so over the coming days:
– Jack Gower made his comeback from injuries sustained at his World Cup at Lake Louise, returning to the Canadian track in a Nor-Am Cup Downhill race on Monday where he finished 18th out of more than 65 starters
– More members of the Alpine team will join Gower at Panorama, Canada for a series of Nor-Am Cup races in most categories from Saturday.
– Charlie Guest (placing 23rd) and Cara Brown (placing 29th) were racing in a Europa Cup Giant Slalom over the last two days in Kvitfjell, Norway

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FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – Davos SUI
Men’s Sprint and 15km Free – Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young

The British Nordic Team is right in the middle of a heavy block of elite competition with the third World Cup in as many weeks taking place in Davos, Switzerland.

Andrew Musgrave’s best result this season came in last week’s 30km Skiathlon where he moved up significantly in the 15km free (skate) at the back end of the race to finish 13th overall. This weekend he takes on the Sprint on Saturday and the 15km Free on Sunday with hopes of continuing the strong form he has shown over recent weeks in Norway and Finland.

He is joined by Andrew Young who will also take on both events after a strong showing in the Sprint in Lillehammer last week. Young finished 43rd but was less than two seconds away from moving through from qualification to the knockout stage.

In France, James Clugnet will this week take part in an OPA race in Premanon-Les Tuffes, alongside Sam Cairns.

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FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Saturday 9 December – Ruka FIN
Ladies’ Moguls – Makayla Gerken-Schofield
Men’s Moguls – Thomas Gerken-Schofield, Max Willis

This week marks a significant point for British Moguls with the first World Cup event since the appointment of Bertrand Couette in August.

Siblings Makayla and Thomas Gerken-Schofield will take to the track in Ruka alongside Max Willis.

Makayla (4th) and Thomas (2nd) showed their talent at the Junior World Championships earlier this year, and while both are experienced on the Europa Cup circuit, this will be a big step in their progression.

Twenty-four year old Willis has been on the senior scene for much longer but rejoins the World Cup circuit this weekend nearly three years after his last major competition.

Tom Gerken Schofield action


FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 December – Val Thorens FRA
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Tuesday 12 to Wednesday 13 December – Arosa SUI

Emily Sarsfield and Pamela Thorburn failed to progress to the knockout stage of the opening World Cup in Val Thorens, however the Cross Alps Tour provides a quick opportunity for redemption.

The athletes will make their way to Arosa, Switzerland this weekend for the second leg of the Tour which will take the form of a night-sprint event. Following Arosa, two more World Cups will take place in the next nine days.


FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 December – Copper Mountain USA
The Ski Halfpipe World Cup returned after a three-month hiatus at Copper Mountain this week.

Murray Buchan finished 16th to be the best-performed GB Park and Pipe skier in the men’s competition while Madi Rowlands recorded the pick of the ladies’ results to finish with a top-20. 


Ski Jumping FIS and Continental Cup – Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December – Whistler Olympic Park CAN
Sam Bolton (70th) and Robert Lock (74th) didn’t qualify for the final round of the opening FIS Cup event at Whistler. They will be back competing at the venue over the next three days.

 

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Telemark brings 2 more World Cup podiums

Posted on 04/12/17 by Rare Management

British Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor recorded six podium finishes during the 2016/17 World Cup season and she is threatening to better that this winter with another pair of top-three finishes at Hintertux, Austria. The event was one of three FIS World Cup events featuring British skiers and snowboarders this weekend.


FIS Telemark World Cup – Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December – Hintertux AUT
Jasmin Taylor started the season in great form on Friday, picking up a bronze medal in the Sprint to record her ninth career World Cup podium.

She was unable to improve on that in Saturday’s Sprint, finishing fifth, however Taylor hit back on Sunday to finish second in the Parallel Sprint. Naila Cardwell recorded top 20 results in Friday’s Sprint and Sunday’s Parallel Sprint.

The results mean British skiers and snowboarders have now recorded five World Cup podiums this season, with Taylor’s pair of results the first top-three results recorded outside the GB Park and Pipe team.

In the Men’s events, British skiers best results all came in Sunday’s Parallel Sprint where Alex Dixon finished 17th while Colin Dixon and Ben Emsley each took a share of 33rd.

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Skier: Andrew Musgrave Photo: Henry Iddon

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December – Lillehammer NOR
Andrew Musgrave’s Olympic preparations took another step up in Lillehammer over the weekend with 13th in the 30km Skiathlon.

Musgrave was 22nd through the 15km Classic section but brought it home well in the final 15km Free portion of the race to move up nine places.

“I wasn’t strong enough on the classic,” said Musgrave, “but finished strongly on the skate and moved up a lot of positions. Definitely progress from last week.”

Callum Smith unfortunately did not finish the race. In Friday’s Sprint qualifying, Andrew Young finished 43rd and Smith 77th, with neither progressing to the next round.

Other members of the British Nordic Team competed at FIS events over the weekend. Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe finished 23rd and 24th respectively in the 1km Sprint at Idre, Sweden, and Bathe backed it up with 21st in the 10km Classic. James Clugnet competed at Premanon-Les Tuffes were he finished 28th in the 10km Free and 14th in the 1.4km Sprint.


FIS Snowboard World Cup – Saturday 2 December – Möenchengladbach GER
The GB Park and Pipe Team put in a strong showing at the Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Germany in foggy conditions, however none of the four athletes were able to make the finals.

Katie Ormerod followed her silver medal in Milan three weeks prior with 10th place performing a solid Cab 9, while Aimee Fuller was just behind in 11th.

In the men’s event, Rowan Coultas was 11th in the first qualifying heat and finished 19th overall. Matt McCormick finished 12th in the second qualifying heat to end up in 24th.

The GB Park and Pipe Team will have its next outing at Copper Mountain, USA later this week where the Ski Halfpipe World Cup continues.


Delancey British Alpine Team

The Delancey British Alpine team had a mixed weekend in Europe and North America.

Jack Gower was in Beaver Creek keen to take on the Downhill and Super G in what would have been his second World Cup event. However injuries sustained in a crash at Lake Louise the previous week ruled the 23-year-old out of the competition.

At the Europa Cup event in Hafjell, Norway yesterday, Alex Tilley showed some of the pace showcased at last week’s Killington World Cup to finish sixth in the Giant Slalom. Charlie Guest and Cara Brown failed to qualify for the second run.

In today’s Giant Slalom race, Tilley finished 12th with Guest 50th and Brown 58th in the first run. Tilley has qualified for the second run which will begin at midday UK Time (Live Timing available here: https://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/live-timing.html).


British Aerials Team
Lloyd Wallace returned to action over the weekend at the Super Continental Cup in Ruka, Finland in his first competition since a serious crash in August.

Wallace finished 22nd on Friday then lifted that to an eighth place finish on Saturday.

The results will give Wallace plenty of confidence ahead of the first World Cup of the season in China on 16-17 August.

 

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are also supported by the British Snowsports Fund (www.bssnf.uk), a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit. 

 

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British Ski & Snowboarder to feature at 4 World Cups this weekend

Posted on 01/12/17 by Rare Management

Fourteen British Ski and Snowboard athletes will be competing at FIS World Cup events this weekend with the non-Olympic discipline of Telemark commencing its season.

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod and British Nordic Ski Team’s Andrew Musgrave lead the British contingent which will feature at events across Europe and North America.

FIS Snowboard World Cup – Saturday 2 December – Möenchengladbach GER

Ladies’ Big Air – Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller
Men’s Big Air – Rowan Coultas, Matt McCormick

Katie Ormerod opened her season with second place at the Big Air World Cup in Milan three weeks ago and will be hoping to continue that strong form after sitting out last weekend’s event in China. She will no doubt go into the event with much confidence from Italy, but faces a formidable task with Austria’s Anna Gasser winning the first two World Cups of the year. The pair also finished one-two in Möenchengladbach last year, which proves just how close the duo are.

Also competing will be 2014 Olympian Aimee Fuller who scored a top ten at this event in 2016, her second-best World Cup Big Air result.

The men’s event will feature Matt McCormick – the only GB Park and Pipe team member to contest the opening two Big Air World Cups of the season – and Rowan Coultas.

Coultas narrowly missed out on the ten-man final in Möenchengladbach last year, finishing 13th, while McCormick will be hoping to improve on his top 20 finish in Milan earlier this month.

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December – Lillehammer NOR

Men’s Sprint and Skiathlon –Andrew Musgrave, Callum Smith and Andrew Young

Andrew Musgrave’s season started with promise in Beitostølen and showed good signs at the first World Cup of the year in Finland, despite a fall in Saturday’s 15km Classic race.

Musgrave will contest Sunday’s 30km Skiathlon (15km Classic/15km Free) in Lillehammer alongside teammate Callum Smith. Smith will also compete in Saturday’s Sprint with Andrew Young who was rested last weekend with a cold.

James Clugnet will compete at a FIS event this weekend in Premanon-Les Tuffes, France while Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe will head to Sweden for a FIS event at Idre.

FIS Alpine World Cup – Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December – Beaver Creek USA

Men’s Downhill/Super G – Jack Gower

Delancey British Alpine skier Jack Gower made his World Cup debut at Lake Louise last weekend with mixed results. While happy for the experience of completing the Downhill on Saturday, he suffered a scary crash midway through his Super G run. With x-rays clearing the 23-year of any major injury – apart from four broken teeth – Gower lines up at Beaver Creek keen to atone and gain more vital experience.

Gower will take on the famed Birds of Prey Downhill course on Friday before competing in Saturday’s Super G. He will not contest Sunday’s Giant Slalom.

FIS Telemark World Cup – Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December – Hintertux AUT

Ladies’ Sprint (x2) and Parallel Sprint – Jasmin Taylor and Naïla Cardwell
Men’s Sprint (x2) and Parallel Sprint – Louis Hatchwell, Alec Dixon, Colin Dixon and Ben Emsley

The Telemark World Cup season kicks off on Friday with Jaz Taylor leading a strong British contingent in Hintertux, Austria.

Taylor, who has finished on the World Cup podium eight times but is still chasing her first victory, finished fourth overall in the 2016/17 World Cup standings. She finished no worse than sixth in the three races at Hintertux last year and will be joined in Austria by Naila Cardwell. The 17-year-old made her World Cup debut last year and finished inside the top 20 in all three events she contested at the World Championships in March.

The Men’s team at Hintertux features experienced British A-squad member Louis Hatchwell alongside the B-squad’s 20-year-old Ben Emsley and teenage brothers Alec and Colin Dixon. At 24, Hatchwell is already a ‘veteran’ of the men’s Telemark squad having competed in more than 20 World Cups, while the remaining trio have been to a total of 13 between them.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are also supported by the British Snowsports Fund (www.bssnf.uk), a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit.

Five Countries, five World Cups for GB athletes

Posted on 24/11/17 by Rare Management

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Skier: Izzy Atkin Photo: Matt Georges

 

Fourteen British Ski and Snowboard athletes will hit their events this weekend with World Cup events taking place in five countries across three continents.

The Alpine World Cup moves from Europe to North America with events in Canada and the United States, the GB Park and Pipe Team will be represented in Austria and China while the British Nordic Team begins its World Cup campaign in Finland.

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November – Ruka FIN
Ladies’ Sprint, Classic and Free Pursuit –Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe
Men’s Sprint Classic and Free Pursuit –Andrew Musgrave, Callum Smith and James Clugnet

The British Nordic Team head to their first World Cup of the season in Ruka following a strong performance last weekend at Beitostølen, Norway.

This weekend’s contest will see the Sprint events taking place on Friday followed by the Ladies’ 10km and Men’s 15km Classic races on Saturday. The Ladies’ 10km and Men’s 15km Freestyle events will then be raced in the pursuit format on Sunday to determine the weekend’s overall standings.

Andrew Musgrave achieved two top 10 results last weekend, including fourth in the 15km Freestyle, and will be hoping to carry that form into the first World Cup of this Olympic season. He will line-up alongside James Clugnet and Callum Smith.

Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe both achieved top 30 results in Norway and will be looking for another strong outing at Ruka.

Some of these events will be available on Eurosport 1 or Eurosport 2 from Friday to Sunday.

FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup – Friday 24 to Saturday 25 November – Beijing CHN
Men’s Big Air – Matt McCormick

Air + Style Beijing has joined the FIS Snowboard World Cup circuit and will host this season’s second event at the Worker’s Stadium in the Beijing’s Chaoyang District.

Matt McCormick will be the sole GB Park & Pipe representative in China, hopeful of continuing his strong form from the Big Air World Cup in Milan two weeks ago. McCormick scored a top 20 result in Italy and only narrowly missed out on the final after finishing seventh in his heat. It was his best ever Big Air World Cup result since his debut last November in Korea.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November – Stubai AUT
Men’s Slopestyle – Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick and Mike Rowlands
Ladies’ Slopestyle –  Izzy Atkin, Katie Summerhayes and Madi Rowlands

Six GB Park and Pipe skiers will take on the Slopestyle course in Stubai, looking to maintain some strong results from both the end of last season and September’s World Cup season opener in Cardrona, New Zealand.

Izzy Atkin is set to begin her World Cup campaign following a standout 2016/17 season. Atkin finished fourth overall in the Slopestyle World Cup standings after victory at the final event in Switzerland in March, then followed that up two weeks later with bronze at the World Championships.

She will be joined in Stubai by 2014 Olympian Katie Summerhayes and 17-year-old Madi Rowlands who finished 9th and 13th respectively in Cardrona.

Summerhayes placed 7th at Sochi and the 2015 World Championships silver medallist has scored four of her nine World Cup top tens since January to prove she continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

Rowlands, who took bronze in slopestyle at the Winter Youth Olympics last year, has never finished outside the top 13 her six World Cup starts in the discipline.

Tyler Harding – who turned 21 in October and finished 21st at the World Championships earlier this year – goes into the event as the most experienced of the British trio with McCormick and Rowlands – brother of Madi – featuring in just three World Cups between them before this weekend.

FIS Alpine World Cup – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November
Killington USA: Ladies’ Giant Slalom/Slalom – Alex Tilley
Lake Louise CAN: Men’s Downhill/Super G – Jack Gower

Two members of the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team are in North America for World Cup events over the next fortnight. This weekend Alex Tilley will contest the Giant Slalom and Slalom at Killington while Jack Gower is in Canada for the Downhill and Super G.

Tilley has been without luck in her opening pair of World Cup appearances this season, but her speed shone through last weekend with a confidence-boosting victory in a FIS race in Levi, Finland.

Gower, who in September won a South American Cup race in Chile, scored two top 30 Giant Slalom results last weekend in the Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain. Lake Louise will represent Gower’s World Cup debut, his biggest race since gaining a top 40 Giant Slalom finish as a 20-year-old at the 2015 World Championships. Wednesday’s Downhill training was cancelled due to wet snow and warm conditions, however organisers are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year when the event was cancelled due to a lack of snow.

Some events will be broadcast live or on replay by Eurosport UK. Check schedules for details.

NON-WORLD CUP EVENTS
Ski Cross Europa Cup – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November – Pitztal AUT

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup – Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 November – Pitztal AUT

The first Ski Cross World Cup of the season takes place at Val Thorens, France in December, with this Europa Cup event the final competitive event for the squad before competition steps up a gear.

Emma Peters, who reached the final of a FIS event in Switzerland earlier this month will be joined by Emily Sarsfield, Pam Thorburn and Liz Stevenson in the Ladies’ Ski Cross. Like Peters, Ollie Davies also competed strongly in FIS races in Saas-Fee three weeks ago, claiming two Men’s Ski Cross podiums and he will he hoping to carry that form into just his third-ever Europa Cup event.

Three-time Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier and British Snowsports Fund grant recipient Maisie Potter started their Snowboard Cross World Cup seasons in Argentina in September and will use Pitztal as the launchpad into an important block of racing which features three World Cups before Christmas.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are also supported by the British Snowsports Fund (www.bssnf.uk), a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit.

 

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Dave Edwards, CEO of British Ski and Snowboard, to stand down after Olympic Winter Games

Posted on 22/11/17 by Rare Management

The Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard, Dave Edwards, who has been at the forefront of the transformation of British snowsports, has announced that he will stand down shortly after the Olympic Winter Games that will take place in February next year.  Edwards took on a “short term” assignment in February 2010 to look after the British ski and snowboard athletes and officials who faced uncertainty after their previous governing body collapsed one week before the start of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.  He has remained at the helm since then and the eight years under his leadership have seen a step change in the results of Britain’s elite snowsports athletes.

Edwards and Lord Colin Moynihan formed British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) in the spring of 2010 and secured both sponsorship and private donations to run development programmes for some of the athletes showing maximum potential including current World Cup stars Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley.  In 2012, when the International Olympic Committee included Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle in the line-up for the 2014 Sochi Games, BSS persuaded UK Sport to provide funding which was used to support athletes including Olympic medalist Jenny Jones.  UK Sport and National Lottery support has increased since 2014 and BSS is now able to support a range of athletes across multiple snowsport disciplines, many of whom now challenge for World Cup medals on a regular basis.

Edwards, who will step down as soon as his successor is able to take up post, said: “I have been extremely fortunate to work with some fantastic athletes, coaches and volunteers over the last eight years and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together.  We have recently announced an ambitious Vision to be a top five Olympic Ski and Snowboard Nation by 2030.  The ideal time for my successor to take up post will be shortly after the Olympic Games next year.  By announcing my departure now, it allows our Chairman, Rory Tapner, and Performance Director, Dan Hunt, time to find my successor.  I wish them and all of our athletes and coaches continued and greater success as they travel on this exciting journey together.”

Rory Tapner said: “The Board of BSS are hugely grateful to Dave Edwards for his commitment and relentless drive to deliver a transformed national sports governing body. Nothing was easy in the early years of his tenure, and yet as he announces his retirement from BSS he does so with the organisation in a vastly improved position, ready now to challenge for Olympic success. Dave has matured BSS from the despair of a failed organisation to one which can rightly hold its head high in international snowsport circles.”

UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said: “Dave Edwards took over the running of the sports’ governing body at a challenging time and leaves the organisation in strong health with a multi-medal ambition for PyeongChang 2018. We wish him well for the future and thank him for all he has done in British snowsport.”

British Ski and Snowboard team up with Lecht 2090 and Snowsport Scotland to pilot UK on-snow training centre

Posted on 21/11/17 by Rare Management

Scottish resort to play key role in athlete development as well as driving participation at the ‘Lecht Winter Games’

British Ski and Snowboard have teamed up with Scottish resort Lecht 2090 and Snowsport Scotland to pilot a brand new on-snow training centre using TechnoAlpin snowfactory, a new snow making technology that works in any outdoor temperature.

In February and March 2018, GB Park and Pipe will lead the pilot project to run performance pathway training camps at Lecht 2090, with the TechnoAlpin snowfactory technology allowing guaranteed snow on certain slopes. The new set up will feature an air bag for the rising stars of GB Park and Pipe, and will also allow training opportunities for Alpine and Nordic skiing – with a groomed cross country trail provided.

The pilot project could prove to be a key UK facility for the development of pathway athletes across multiple snowsport disciplines. It has been made possible by support from Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, and GB Park and Pipe. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has helped Lecht 2090 with the cost of trialling the snowfactory technology, a key element of the project.

GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager, Lesley McKenna is excited about the new pilot: “We are proud that GB Park and Pipe can lead such an innovative project, and we thank all the partners who are making this happen. Although the training centre will have a big focus on the air bag and park and pipe facilities, we are delighted it will offer training facilities for other disciplines as well. We hope the pilot will allow British Ski and Snowboard to further understand the TechnoAlpin snowfactory technology with a view to seeing whether it can be used to offer an elite year round snow training centre in the UK, thus giving our teams a huge training advantage.” 

 The pilot project at the Lecht will support multiple snowsports for our community, providing both the public and athletes the opportunity to develop their skills” said Ross Gardner, Snowsport Scotland National Performance Manager. “The new facility, including the snow making technology, will give our current talented young athletes the opportunity they need to access national level performance facilities in an affordable way, and subsequently the best possible chance of going on to achieving world class skiing or snowboarding. We are delighted to be part of this partnership and looking forward to making it a success.”

 As well as offering training facilities for teams, the ability to produce snow at any temperature will allow Lecht 2090 to host a two-day on snow celebration of the Winter Olympics – ‘The Lecht Winter Games’ – which is part of the national PyeongChang to Piste campaign aimed at inspiring more people to try skiing and snowboarding.

Running during the 2018 Winter Olympics (17th & 18th February 2018), the ‘Lecht Winter Games’ will capitalise on the heightened interest in skiing and snowboarding over this period. People of all ages can come and try a range of Olympic snowsport disciplines such as park & pipe jumps and rails, a cross country track, slalom gates for alpine skiing and a mini snowboard and ski cross track – all available to try.

In addition to the ‘come and try’ opportunities the event will see the launch of a new awards scheme, named the ‘Futures Snow Awards’. It has been designed to support and encourage young people in the UK to get involved in snowsports in a fun and progressive way. Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England and Snowsport Wales will all be instrumental in the development of the awards and will work with ski school instructors and club coaches towards the launch of this British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) endorsed pilot award scheme.

James McIntosh, director of the Lecht Ski Company also said: “LECHT 2090 is delighted that everything is now in place for the trial of the TechnoAlpin snowfactory. This will allow us to make snow in any temperature and due to having a wind turbine already in place, the snowfactory will be powered using purely green energy. It is fantastic that we can offer training facilities to British Ski & Snowboard and also be able to deliver an on snow celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics in February.” 

The Lecht Winter Games will be delivered by Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe, falling under the PyeongChang to Piste participation campaign (www.pyeongchangtopiste.org.uk) led by Snowsport England. Full information about The Lecht Winter Games will follow later this year with booking available from early February 2018.

Futures Project is being driven by British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe, with support from Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales and BASI.

For more information about The Lecht Winter Games and Futures Project email josie.mcnamara@teambss.org

Weekend World Cup Round-Up

Posted on 13/11/17 by Rare Management

Silver for Ormerod in Milan and near miss from Ryding in Levi

It was quite a weekend for British snowsports, with skiing and snowboarding fans across the country glued to their screens on both Saturday and Sunday as GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod claimed second place in the opening Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Milan on Saturday night, and Dave Ryding coming close to making history after leading the Slalom World Cup in Levi after the first run, only to ski out half way down the second run on Sunday.

FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup – Milan, Italy

The impressive Big Air jump in Milan saw some equally impressive performances from the snowboarders who were competing for World Cup glory this weekend. GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod showed no sign of the back injury she sustained last season, pulling out cab 900 mutes and backside 720 mutes to take the silver medal behind Austria’s Anna Gasser.

After qualifying for the six-woman final earlier in the day in fifth place, Ormerod was up against a high-quality field in the six-woman final that didn’t disappoint. Ormerod put in two solid jumps in the first two rounds, meaning she went into the final round leading the field, but Austrian Anna Gasser’s final jump was just too good, and she eventually triumphed, scoring a total of 160.25, with Ormerod claiming the silver with 143.25 and Sina Candrian from Switzerland taking bronze with a score of 130.25.

“I’m really pleased with silver today at the first World Cup Big Air of the season” said Ormerod after claiming second. “It really boosts my confidence going forward into such a busy and important few months”.

Ormerod’s teammate Aimee Fuller couldn’t match her performance from last season when she came 4th  in Milan, scoring 51.25 on her best jump in qualification and missing out on the finals. She finished​16th overall.

The men’s event was highly competitive, but GB Park and Pipe’s Matt McCormick looked impressive in qualification, landing his second jump which scored him 73.00. With only 10 men out of the 51-man field going through to the final, McCormick eventually finished 7th​ in his qualification heat and 19th​ overall, a great result for the young Scot.

FIS Alpine Slalom World Cup – Levi, Finland

Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Dave Ryding was on the verge of a historic win in Levi, Finland yesterday as he impressed in the Slalom World Cup, taking top position after the first run by 0.14 seconds. As the race leader, Ryding was the last man down the foggy Finnish course on run two, however after looking strong on the first part of the course and 0.51 seconds ahead after the second split, Ryding caught an inside edge, coming out of the course and unfortunately clocking a DNF.

“It wasn’t the best of days overall”, said Ryding after the race. “But I have to take some positives from my performance. I went out there and put out what I have got, and it shows that myself and my team have been doing something right over the summer in training. It is a shame not to come away from today with some points, but sometimes slalom can be cruel. 

“Going into the second run I knew it was tight and I had to attack. When you are racing you are never sure whether you are up or down on the timing so you just have to go for it. I started the pitch the way I know I can, but halfway down my inside ski just went away from me and that was it. I just have to put the disappointment to one side now and carry on believing in myself. I will pick myself up and get back to training before the next World Cup in four weeks.”

Ryding’s teammate Laurie Taylor who was competing in his second-ever World Cup had a fantastic start in run one, but couldn’t hold on and skied out of the course. Although disappointing, it is all good experience for the 21-year-old who finished 33rd in the Slalom at the World Championships at the end of last season.

In the Ladies Slalom World Cup on Saturday, Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Charlie Guest finished the first run in 51st place, meaning she didn’t progress to the second run, but showed that she can hold her own on the World Cup circuit. Unfortunately her teammate Alex Tilley wasn’t able to finish run one, clocking her second DNF of the season.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are also supported by the British Snowsports Fund (www.bssnf.uk), a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit.

For all the information on British Ski and Snowboard visit www.teambss.org.uk.

You can also follow British Ski and Snowboard on social media:

Instagram /britishskisnowboard

Twitter @TeamBSS, 

Facebook /BritishSkiandSnowboard 

Ormerod claims silver at opening Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Milan

Posted on 13/11/17 by Rare Management

Katie Ormerod_Silver_Milan Snowboard Big Air World Cup 2017

 

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod (20) has claimed second place at the opening World Cup of the season for Snowboard Big Air in Milan.

After a phenomenal season in 2016-17 where she finished second overall in the World Cup standings, Ormerod continued to impress in Milan, throwing down her cab 900 mute and backside 720 mute.

After qualifying for the six-woman final earlier in the day in fifth place, Ormerod was up against a high quality field that didn’t disappoint.

Despite Ormerod going into the final round leading the field, it was Austrian Anna Gasser who eventually triumphed, scoring a total of 160.25, with Ormerod claiming the silver with 143.25 and Sina Candrian from Switzerland taking bronze with a score of 130.25.

“I’m really pleased with silver today at the first World Cup Big Air of the season” said Ormerod after claiming second. “It really boosts my confidence going forward into such a busy and important few months”.

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