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Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot selected to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018

Posted on 23/01/18 by Rare Management

Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot selected to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018

Amanda Lightfoot has today been selected as Team GB’s sole biathlete for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The 30-year-old from South Shields returns to Olympic competition after featuring four years ago at Sochi 2014. Lightfoot finished 71st in the 15km individual event in Russia, following her 75th place in the 7.5km sprint – her Olympic debut.

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain competes in the Women's 15 km Individual

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain competes in the Women’s 15 km Individual, Sochi 2014.

Competing four years ago, she became the second ever female British biathlete to compete at an Olympic Winter Games having started the sport through the military aged 19.

Before Lightfoot, Emma Fowler, who also came from a military background, had previously represented Team GB at Turin 2006. Fowler finished 78th in the 15km individual, and 67th in the 7.5km sprint event.

Following Sochi 2014, Lightfoot has continued to represent Great Britain on the international stage with her best result coming when she placed 32nd in the 15km individual event at the 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, helping her qualify for PyeongChang 2018.

Amanda Lightfoot said: “I’m over the moon to be selected for Team GB for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The roller coaster of a journey these last four years have been quite an experience and the thousands of hours training makes these Olympics extra special. I’m looking to get the best result ever for a British female biathlete out in PyeongChang.”

Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission for PyeongChang 2018, said: “It’s great to welcome Amanda back to Team GB for PyeongChang 2018. Her experience in Sochi will no doubt help her hugely in South Korea and her recent performances show how far she’s progressed in the four years since her last Olympic outing.”

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain shoots during a Biathlon training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Amanda Lightfoot of Great Britain shoots during a Biathlon training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Sarah Greig, Biathlon Team Leader for PyeongChang 2018 said: “It’s a great achievement for Amanda to be selected for her second Winter Olympics. To do so as only the second British female biathlete to race at a Games is testament to the hard work she has put into the sport over the last decade – whilst also maintaining her military career. Both the British Biathlon Union and the Army are extremely proud of her inspirational endeavours and wish her the very best of luck for the Games.”

 

Notes to Editors   

PyeongChang 2018

The Games will run from 9th – 25th February 2018 and feature 17 days of action
Seven sports and 15 disciplines make up the sporting programme for the Games
This will be the third time the Winter Olympics have visited Asia after Japan hosted Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998
PyeongChang 2018 will see around 3,000 athletes from around 95 nations competed for 102 gold medals
The Games will see four new events feature for the first time in Olympic competition; alpine skiing mixed team, snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling, and speed skating mass start
There have been 22 Winter Olympics to date, hosted by 11 nations. The first Games was held in Chamonix, France in 1924
Team GB at PyeongChang 2018 & the Winter Olympics

Expected team size of around 60 athletes for the Games. Previous highest is 56 (Sochi 2014).
Team GB have already selected 19 athletes for the Games;10 curlers, two figure skaters five short track speed skaters, two luge and four skeleton athletes
Team GB’s best ever performance at a Winter Olympics is four medals which has been achieved twice: Chamonix 1924 and Sochi 2014
Team GB have won 26 medals at the Winter Olympics, 10 gold, 4 silver, 12 bronze, which ranks 19th on the all-time Winter Olympic medal table
 

Final World Cups to take place before Olympic selection

Posted on 19/01/18 by Rare Management

Final World Cups to take place before Olympic selection

The British Ski and Snowboard contingent which forms part of Team GB in PyeongChang will be announced next week and the final World Cups before selectors sit down are taking place over the coming days.

The Cross Country team has concluded it’s pre-Olympic World Cup schedule and will not be taking part at the event in Slovenia, however a host of other athletes are already out competing or preparing for action over the weekend as the countdown to PyeongChang enters its final phase.

In particular, many eyes will be focused on the men’s slalom in Kitzbuhel where history was made last January.

 

FIS Alpine World Cup, Kitzbuhel AUT – Sunday 21 January

Delancey British Alpine skier Dave Ryding scored six top 10 results in 2016/17 and has backed that up again this season with another three, however it was his performance in Kitzbuhel last January which still lingers long and clear in the memory of British alpine fans.

Ryding became the first British alpine skier to stand on a World Cup podium in more than 35 years when he finished second on the famous slalom course in 2017, and in doing so stamped himself as a serious contender on the biggest stage in the sport.

Dave Ryding, Kitzbuhel in 2017

Dave Ryding, Kitzbuhel in 2017

‘The Rocket’ has described Kitzbuhel as “the Wembley of alpine skiing” and just as vocal a crowd will be in attendance on Sunday when he takes on local favourite and world number one, Marcel Hirscher.

While Ryding lamented a “rookie error” last week when he failed to finish his first run in Wengen, he will draw on confidence from his 2017 podium as tries to make lightning strike twice in Austria.

 
FIS Snowboard World Cup, Laax SUI – Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 January

Snowboarders love playing, training and competing at Laax however the Swiss resort has proved frustrating this week as extreme weather conditions continue to impact the Laax Open World Cup event.

GB Park and Pipe have sent a strong contingent of six snowboarders to compete in the slopestyle events, however the qualifiers which were slated for Wednesday and Thursday have so far been postponed.

Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod are both down to compete in their first World Cup slopestyle competitions since September. Fuller earned a top 20 in the discipline at Sochi 2014 while Ormerod has finished inside the top five in four of her past six World Cup slopestyle events.

Katie Ormerod placing 2nd in the Quebec World Cup 2016

Katie Ormerod placing 2nd in the Quebec World Cup 2016

Four men are hoping to compete in the men’s event should the weather clear enough to get competition underway.

Jamie Nicholls has reached the slopestyle World Cup podium three times including a 2016 victory in the Czech Republic, but has competed lightly this season ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics. Rowan Coultas, who has three World Cup top 10s to his credit, has also had a light competition schedule in 2017/18, last competing in New Zealand more than four months ago.

This will be Matt McCormick’s fifth World Cup of the season across both big air and slopestyle, in stark contrast to 18-year-old Fin Bremner whose only other major senior competition came in a Europa Cup big air contest last February.

 
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 17 January

GB Park and Pipe’s halfpipe skiers stayed in America following the event in Aspen last week and last night contested the qualification round of the World Cup at Mammoth Mountain. While no one was able to progress to the finals after the heats were dominated by local skiers, there were still some impressive performances.

Rowan Cheshire’s progression back to the top of the sport continued, finishing just 3.40 points off her first final of the season to claim 11th place while Molly Summerhayes was 21st overall.

Murray Buchan was highest-placed in the men’s competition, finishing 15th after he landed his first ever back-to-back double 900s in competition. Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon and Peter Speight also claimed top 20 performances.

 
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups

Aerials – Lake Placid USA – Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

Ski Cross – Nakiska CAN – Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

Moguls – Tremblant CAN – Saturday 20 January

A further three Freeski World Cups are being held across North America over the coming days with eight British athletes in action.

Lloyd Wallace was not happy with his performance in Deer Valley last weekend but he has chances to make amends with a pair of World Cups in Lake Placid on Friday and Saturday. Wallace has previously competed in four World Cups at Lake Placid and has finished inside the top 20 on the last two occasions.

Emily Sarsfield, Emma Peters, Pamela Thorburn and Ollie Davies are all lining up at Nakiska for the final Ski Cross World Cup before the Winter Olympic Games. Following the World Cup, Liz Stevenson will join the squad for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races early next week.

And in Canada, the British Moguls Team will be in action at Tremblant. Makayla Gerken Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Max Willis are all in action, each competing in their seventh World Cup of the campaign.

 
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Atkin podium highlights busy World Cup weekend

Posted on 15/01/18 by Rare Management

Atkin podium highlights busy World Cup weekend

Slopestyle skier Izzy Atkin claimed her first podium of 2017/18 to showcase her Olympic intentions and headline British World Cup performances over the weekend.

There were also top ten performances from James Woods and the men’s sprint cross country team while Jasmin Taylor claimed two more podiums at the Telemark World Cup.

 
FIS Freeski World Cup, Snowmass USA – Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January

Izzy Atkin’s season is pointing in the right direction after a stellar weekend at Aspen Snowmass.

Atkin (87.80) finished third in Saturday’s ski slopestyle World Cup, narrowly behind Norway’s Johanne Killi (91.60) and USA’s Maggie Voisin (89.00). The result was Atkin’s first trip to the World Cup podium since winning in Silvaplana, Switzerland in March 2017.

Having placed seventh at Stubai in November then fifth at the Dew Tour in December, the 2017 World Championships bronze medallist’s form is building perfectly as she approaches the most important events of the season.

“I’m stoked to put a run down; I really liked the course and the good weather today,” said Atkin. “Now I can look forward to the X-Games and then onto PyeongChang.”

James Woods also put in a strong performance today in Aspen, finishing sixth in the men’s slopestyle. After making a mistake near the top of his first run, Woods put it all on the line in his second trip through the course and scored 90.20 to finish sixth, four points adrift of the top three in a highly-competitive field.

The pair then backed up their form in the Grand Prix event on Sunday, with Atkin again finishing third while Woods was fifth.

Atkin’s result makes her the fourth member of the GB Park and Pipe squad to stand on the World Cup podium this year. Woods won the ski slopestyle in New Zealand in August, while in November Katie Ormerod placed second at the Milan snowboard big air and Katie Summerhayes claimed ski slopestyle silver in Stubai.

 
FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January

Andrew Young left the Tour de Ski after the first stage on 30 December following a season-best 10th place; his intentions were to put in a strong performance at the World Cup Sprint event in Dresden and those plans delivered great results over the weekend.

Team-Sprint-Final-Dresden_Andrew-Young-right

In Saturday’s individual sprint, Young qualified third-fastest through the prologue to progress to the next stage. While he then placed third in his quarter-final, his time wasn’t fast enough to move into the semis but he still finished 13th overall.

Competing in just his second World Cup, James Clugnet – who turned 21 in December – finished 35th, around one second from a place in the quarter-finals.

The pair then combined for the Team Sprint on Sunday with a standout performance. Young and Clugnet were always with the leaders in their heat and eventually finished sixth, earning Great Britain a place in its first-ever Team Sprint Final.

The pair then stayed with the main pack for most of the final, eventually drifting to finish ninth overall. While Young’s continued good form after a bout of early-season illness was impressive, the performance of Clugnet was particularly encouraging, scoring one of the top splits in his final lap on the way to a top 10 in just his second World Cup outing.

Team-Sprint-Final-Dresden_Andrew-Young-and-James-Clugnet-9th

 
FIS Alpine World Cup, Wengen SUI – Sunday 14 January

Dave Ryding approached the World Cup slalom in Wengen with high hopes following a series of strong performances over the past month including three top tens.

However the Swiss venue did not prove a happy stomping ground for Ryding who crashed out midway through his first run.

Ryding later lamented on social media that “there are too many rookie errors in my skiing right now”, but will be targeting an improved result this weekend when he returns to Kitzbuhel, the scene of his famous breakthrough World Cup podium in 2017.
FIS Telemark World Cup, Pralognan-la-Vanoise FRA – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 January
British Ski and Snowboard co-hosted the second Telemark World Cup of the season in France where Jasmin Taylor again showed she is one of the best in the business.

Pralognan-Sprint-podium_Taylor-3rd-on-right

The British skier claimed two podiums in three events at the season opener in Hintertux in December, and she was again in the medals with a pair of thirds in Saturday’s Sprint and Sunday’s Classic events.

She now has a career total of 12 World Cup podium finishes to sit third on Britain’s all-time list behind freestyle skiers Jilly Curry (29) and Mike Nemesvary (16).

James French (17th) was GB Telemark’s highest-placed competitor in the men’s sprint while Sion Bingham was the best-performed in the men’s classic (=20th).

 
FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley USA – Friday 12 January
“Not my best day at [the] World Cup in Deer Valley, unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan.”

That was the honest self-assessment of Lloyd Wallace who, by his own admission, performed below his own expectations in Friday’s event where he finished well down the rankings.

Already with one World Cup top 20 to his credit this season, Wallace has two more opportunities to get his form on track with a pair of World Cups at Lake Placid on Friday and Saturday.

 
FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Idre Fjall SWE – Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 January

The British Ski Cross team’s trip to Idre Fjall did not end up a memorable journey with a series of frustrating performances on Thursday and Friday failing to see any athletes qualify for the weekend’s finals.

Former alpine skier Ollie Davies made his World Cup debut in Sweden following a number of impressive results in FIS and Europa Cup races earlier in the season. Unfortunately he couldn’t bring that form to the challenging course at Idre, although he was only around 1.7sec off qualifying for the top 32 on both days.

In the ladies’ events, no athletes qualified in the top 16 for weekend finals, with the leading performances coming from Emily Sarsfield (25th on Thursday) and Emma Peters (26th on Friday).

The Ski Cross team now heads to Canada for two World Cup and two Nor-Am Cup races in Nakiska, beginning on Friday.

 

Atkin claims first podium of the season in Aspen

Posted on 15/01/18 by Rare Management

Atkin claims first podium of the season in Aspen

British skier Izzy Atkin has achieved her first World Cup podium of the season, finishing third in the ladies’ slopestyle at Aspen Snowmass.

Aspen podium- Voisin (2nd USA) Killi (1st NOR) Atkin (3rd GBR)

The 19-year-old was sitting second after the first run with a score of 87.80, only bettered by Norway’s Johanne Killi (91.60) who took her second World Cup victory.

Atkin was unable to improve her position on the second run and was eventually edged into third by American Maggie Voisin (89.00).

Having placed seventh at Stubai in November then fifth at the Dew Tour in December, the 2017 World Championships bronze medallist’s form is building perfectly as she approaches the most important events of the season.

“I’m stoked to put a run down; I really liked the course and the good weather today,” said Atkin. “Now I can look forward to the X-Games and then onto PyeongChang.”

“Thanks to everyone at GB Park and Pipe, British Ski and Snowboard and [coach] Pat [Sharples].”

Izzy Atkin and Pat Sharples

Atkin is now the fourth member of the GB Park and Pipe squad to stand on the World Cup podium this year. James Woods won the ski slopestyle in New Zealand in August, while in November Katie Ormerod placed second at the Milan snowboard big air and Katie Summerhayes claimed ski slopestyle silver in Stubai.

Woods also put in a strong performance today in Aspen, finishing sixth in the men’s slopestyle. After making a mistake near the top of his first run, Woods put it all on the line in his second trip through the course and scored 90.20 to finish sixth, four points adrift of the top three in a highly-competitive field.

Izzy Atkin and James Woods

** Meanwhile in France, Jasmin Taylor achieved her second podium in as many days at the World Cup Telemark competition at Pralognan-la-Vanoise.

Taylor finished third in the Sprint event on Friday and then matched her performance today in the Classic competition.

The results earned Taylor her 11th and 12th World Cup podiums; she is third on the all-time list behind freestyle skiers Jilly Curry (29) and Mike Nemesvary (16).

Woodsy and Izzy through to Slopestyle Finals in huge World Cup week for British skiers

Posted on 12/01/18 by Rare Management

Woodsy and Izzy through to Slopestyle Finals in huge World Cup week for British skiers

James Woods and Izzy Atkin’s performances in Aspen have been the highlights of a busy week for British skiers and the competition doesn’t let up as we approach the weekend.

Across five countries through Europe and North America, British skiers will take to the World Cup circuit in Alpine, Cross Country, Aerials, Slopestyle, Ski Cross and Telemark over the next three days.


FIS Freeski & Snowboard World Cups, Snowmass USA – Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January

Before heading to Aspen, James Woods had competed in just one World Cup event this season and having now qualified through to Saturday’s final, he now has the possibility of emulating that victory in New Zealand.

Woodsy sent down two solid runs overnight to move through to the ski slopestyle final 16, however Tyler Harding was not so fortunate. After claiming a career-best eighth in December, Harding drew a heat which scored very strongly and while he finished 22nd overall, his performance was certainly one of his best at this level.

In the ladies’ slopestyle, Izzy Atkin was also competing in just her second World Cup of the season. In November she placed seventh at Stubai in the same event Katie Summerhayes finished second, and she also gained a top five at the Dew Tour last month. Overnight she qualified third in her heat to safely move through to the final where she is aiming for her second World Cup podium following victory at Silvaplana last March.

On Wednesday night, British skiers were unable to progress from their heats in the ski halfpipe or snowboard slopestyle final. Molly Summerhayes was the highest-placed ladies’ skier, scoring her fourth top 20 of the season while Murray Buchan led the men’s charge in 21st. Matt McCormick was 36th out of 52 starters in the men’s slopestyle.


FIS Alpine World Cup, Wengen AUT – Sunday 14 January

Delancey British Alpine Team’s Dave Ryding will line up for his fourth World Cup in the space of two weeks when he returns to Wengen on Sunday morning.

Ryding has had progressively better results each time he has been to the course over the last four seasons; in 2014 he failed to make the final, then in the last three years has finished 25th, 16th and then 12th in 2017. The slalom ace is aiming for his fourth World Cup top ten of the season on Sunday and believes he is well-prepared despite a heavy race schedule since the turn of the new year.

“I’m feeling alright, I’ve trained well and tried to have a bit of rest after a hectic couple of weeks,” said Ryding. He added that with a lot of races so close together, “it’s about getting the feel, staying healthy and trying not to overdo it at this stage.”

** In other Alpine results earlier this week, Alex Tilley didn’t complete the first run of her World Cup Slalom event in Flachau, however Charlie Raposo scored a standout result in Korea, taking out a Far East Cup Giant Slalom race at the High1 Resort on Monday. It was his second time on the podium this season after finishing third at an Austrian FIS race in December.


FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January

Andrew Young scored a top ten in his last World Cup start at the opening stage of the Tour de Ski on 30 December and he will be looking to carry that form into this weekend’s Sprint World Cup in Dresden.

He will be joined by 21-year-old James Clugnet who made his World Cup debut in November and scored a top five result one month ago at a FIS Sprint race in France.

The pair will contest the Individual Sprint on Saturday before competing in the Team Sprint on Sunday.

Andrew Musgrave is not taking part in the event with his next race coming at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February.


FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley USA – Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 January
Deer Valley is playing host to World Cup Freestyle Skiing this week with aerials taking centre stage tonight after a pair of moguls events.

Lloyd Wallace will be competing in his fourth World Cup aerials competition of the season tonight. His best result came in December when he placed 19th in China and he finished 23rd last weekend in Moscow.

That competition follows two moguls events in the last two days. Max Willis was the best-performed athlete in the moguls team, and while he only placed 34th out of 62 competitors in Wednesday’s event, he was less than four points from qualifying for the 16-man final.


FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Idre Fjall SWE – Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 January
There are four straight days of Ski Cross action in Sweden with British skiers hoping to put in some strong performances today to earn a place in the weekend’s finals.

Yesterday’s event was a qualifier for Saturday’s final, while today’s preliminaries act as qualifying for Sunday. Emily Sarsfield was 25th from 32 starters in the ladies’ field yesterday but not quick enough to make the top 16.

Former Alpine skier Ollie Davies made his World Cup debut on Thursday after the 20-year-old had produced strong results throughout the season in FIS and Europa Cup races. While he didn’t qualify for the final on a challenging course, it has given him the experience to attack today’s event.


FIS Telemark World Cup, Pralognan-la-Vanoise FRA – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 January
The Telemark World Cup event this weekend in France is being jointly hosted by British Ski and Snowboard with a large contingent of skiers looking to put in good results at their ‘home’ event.

Jasmin Taylor will lead the British charge following two podiums and three top five results from as many events at the World Cup season opener at Hintertux in December. She currently has 10 World Cup podiums to her credit to put her third on the all-time list of British athletes, only behind freestyle skiers Jilly Curry (29) and Mike Nemesvary (16).

With the Sprint being held today and the Classic tomorrow, Taylor will be joined in the ladies’ events by Naila Cardwell, while James French, Sion Bingham, Ben Emsley, Colin Dixon and Alec Dixon lead the men’s charge.

The event will be streamed live at https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/7950607

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No slowdown as calendar ticks closer to PyeongChang

Posted on 09/01/18 by Rare Management

Today marks one month until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and our leading skiers and snowboarders are lining up for some of the final World Cup competitions before the team announcement later this month.

Over the coming days, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cups are taking place in the United States, while later today the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Austria.
FIS Alpine World Cup, Flachau AUT – Tuesday 9 February
Ladies Slalom – Alex Tilley

Alex Tilley was unable to qualify for the second run of the World Cup Slalom race in Slovenia on Sunday and will be hoping to make amends at the night event in Flachau later today.

The 23-year-old has qualified for the second run of World Cup Slalom events twice in the last five years but is hoping to bring across her stronger form in Giant Slalom.

Tilley did show good speed in qualifying for the Parallel Slalom at Courchevel in December, a day after scoring her best World Cup result when she finished 13th in the Giant Slalom. Today she will be 43rd out of the gates with the first racer starting at 5pm GMT.


FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Cups, Snowmass USA – Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January

Izzy Atkins_Credit_Matt Georges

Skier: Izzy Atkins  Photo: Matt Georges

Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe – Rowan Cheshire, Molly Summerhayes, Zoe Atkin
Men’s Ski Halfpipe – Murray Buchan, Peter Speight, Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon
Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle – Izzy Atkin
Men’s Ski Slopestyle – James Woods, Tyler Harding
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Matt McCormick

A host of GB Park and Pipe athletes have descended on Colorado for four World Cup events over the coming days. Qualifying for Ski Halfpipe and Snowboard Slopestyle take place on Wednesday with the finals on Friday; Ski Slopestyle qualifying is on Thursday followed by Saturday’s final.

In the Ladies Ski Halfpipe, Rowan Cheshire will be joined by Molly Summerhayes and Zoe Atkin.

Cheshire, a World Cup winner in 2014, continues to step up her return to snow as PyeongChang appears ever closer on the horizon. Molly Summerhayes, a former World Junior Champion, missed out on her first World Cup final in December but did break through for her first top ten and a career-best result with ninth place in her last competition. Zoe Atkin – younger sister of Izzy – will turn 15 next week and makes her World Cup debut less than a month after a podium performance in the Nor-Am Cup.

A trio of Men’s Halfpipe skiers will be keen to maintain their good form from 2017 into the new year.

Sochi Olympian Murray Buchan scored his best World Cup result in nearly two years in December, just missing out on the final in Copper Mountain to finish 16th overall. Peter Speight and Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon are coming off standout performances in China; Speight scored Britain’s best ever Men’s Halfpipe result to finish fourth, while Glavatsky-Yeadon made his first World Cup final and finished eighth.

Matt McCormick is the only British snowboarder competing this week, taking on slopestyle qualifying on Wednesday. The 20-year-old has mainly competed in Big Air competitions this season but will be hoping to emulate his top 20 slopestyle result from the Czech Republic in March last year.

On Thursday the Slopestyle skiers will all be hoping to continue strong seasons to date.

Izzy Atkin is the sole competitor in the ladies’ competition and enters the event on the back of a top five performance at the Dew Tour in December. Atkin is aiming to call upon her form from March 2017 when she claimed a World Cup win as well a podium performance at the World Championships.

James Woods_Credit Tommy Pyatt

Skier: James Woods Photo: Tommy Pyatt

Having won the opening World Cup of the season in New Zealand, James Woods leads the charge in the Men’s Slopestyle. Like Atkin, Woods also took to the World Championships podium last year and scored another top 10 at the Dew Tour in December. He will be joined in the event by Tyler Harding who goes to Colorado at the top of his game after scoring his first ever career top 10 two days before Christmas in France.


FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley USA – Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 January

Ladies’ Moguls – Makayla Gerken Schofield
Men’s Moguls – Max Willis, Thomas Gerken Schofield

The British Moguls squad has had a quick turnaround from their weekend competition in Calgary, this week taking to the slopes in Deer Valley with two competitions in as many days.

Max Willis had a great result on the weekend, his score good enough for 21st and less than three points adrift of qualifying for his first World Cup Final.

He will be joined in the men’s competition by Thomas Gerken Schofield who also earned a career-best result (35th) in Canada, while sister Makayla – a Europa Cup Dual Moguls winner last season – will compete in the ladies’ event.

 

Skiers start New Year with strong results

Posted on 09/01/18 by Rare Management

British skiers have had a busy start to 2018 with Alpine, Cross Country and Freestyle athletes in action across Europe and North America.

And after a strong end to 2017, the new year also kicked off with top 10 results for two of Britain’s best.

FIS Alpine World Cups – Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 January
Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 January – Zagreb CRO – Ladies & Men’s Slalom
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 January – Kranjska Gora SLO – Ladies’ Slalom & Giant Slalom
Sunday 7 January – Adelboden SUI – Men’s Slalom

Dave Ryding started 2018 with a New Year’s Day fourth place at the City Event in Oslo and continued that form later in the week with another top 10 performance in Croatia.

Ryding was 18th after the first run in Zagreb on Thursday, but sent down the fifth-fastest second run to move into seventh. It was his third top 10 in the space of two weeks and matched his 2017 result for his best performance in the Croatian capital.

He then lined up for his third World Cup in the space of a week yesterday in Adelboden. Ryding was equal tenth after the first run but couldn’t hold on to a fourth top 10 in a row, slipping to equal 12th. In six World Cup appearances in Adelboden, this was Ryding’s best result, improving on his 15th place last year.

Alex Tilley was also in action during the week at World Cups in Croatia and Slovenia. On Wednesday she was unable to complete her first run of the Slalom in Zagreb and quickly set her sights on the weekend in Kranjska Gora.

Saturday’s Giant Slalom saw Tilley earn the final place in the top 30 and gain a second run, rising to finish 28th overall. She failed to progress to the second run in Sunday’s Slalom, finishing around half a second outside the top 30.


FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 30 December to Monday 7 January
Tour de Ski Stage 5: Thursday 4 January – Oberstdorf GER
Tour de Ski Stages 6-7: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January – Val di Fiemme ITA

Andrew Musgrave has achieved his best-ever Tour de Ski result, finishing 15th overall after a gruelling week of racing in Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

The Tour was reduced to six legs earlier in the week following the cancellation of the Stage 4 Sprint due to extreme weather conditions.

The extra day of rest proved a blessing for Musgrave who had his best result of the Tour in Thursday’s 15km Free mass start. Always in the leading group, Musgrave took time bonuses in the first two sprints and stayed at the front throughout the race to finish sixth.

Musgrave finished 27th in Saturday’s 15km Classic mass start which meant he started Sunday’s 9km pursuit in 15th. He maintained his position up the painful climb to ultimately finish the tour in 15th, his best-ever result in the week-long event.

Musgrave Tour de Ski 2018 Val di Fiemme_Credit British Nordic


FIS Freestyle Ski World Cups – Saturday 6 January

Moscow RUS – Men’s Aerials
Calgary CAN – Ladies’ and Men’s Moguls

Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace was in action in his third World Cup of the season in Russia where he finished in 23rd position. His performance matches his ranking from Moscow last year but failed to improve on his 19th place in China last month.

In Canada, Max Willis missed out on the final but put in a career-best performance to finish 21st in the World Cup Moguls competition in Calgary. Willis earned his first top 25 result only last month and was agonisingly close to qualifying for his first final, with less than three points separating him from a place in the top 16.

Thomas Gerken Schofield also scored the best result from his four World Cup starts, finishing in 35th, while younger sister Makayla was 41st in the ladies event.

Both the Aerials and Moguls skiers now head to the United States for World Cup events in Deer Valley later this week.

Musgrave gets Italian job done to reach podium

Posted on 18/12/17 by Rare Management

Toblach podium - Manificat FRA 2nd, Krueger NOR 1st, Musgrave GBR 3rd

A month of hard-fought racing has led to Cross Country ace Andrew Musgrave landing his first podium of the season in the 15km free event in Toblach, Italy.

In the interval start format, Musgrave was one of the strongest from the outset, leading through the first 5km lap of the three-lap race and maintaining that advantage through most of the second circuit.

Eventually Musgrave was overhauled by Norwegian Simen Krueger who claimed his first individual World Cup victory, while France’s Maurice Manificat edged his way into second, less than a second ahead of Musgrave.

Toblach has been a happy hunting ground for Musgrave who claimed a Stage World Cup victory there in January 2015.

Following the race, Musgrave described the result as the best of his career to date, eclipsing both that Stage World Cup victory and also his fourth place at the World Championships earlier this year in the 50km mass start in Finland.

“That’s my best result ever,” said Musgrave. “I had very good skis and I’m very happy – the team did a fantastic job and I’m really looking forward to the pursuit tomorrow.

“We’ve got a good starting position; unfortunately it’s Classic, not skate, but I think my shape’s good so should hopefully be a good day as well.”

The result had been building for Musgrave who had earned top 20 results in races over the last three World Cup weekends.

It is the sixth World Cup podium of the season for British Ski and Snowboard athletes: James Woods won the Ski Slopestyle in New Zealand in August; in November snowboarder Katie Ormerod placed second at the Milan Big Air and Katie Summerhayes scored Ski Slopestyle silver in Austria; earlier this month Jasmin Taylor picked up a pair of podium finishes on the opening event of the Telemark World Cup season.

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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

Lloyd Wallace Oct 2017

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.

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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