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James Woods – SO close…..

Posted on 19/02/18 by Rare Management

Freestyle skier James Woods went agonisingly close to earning a place on the Olympic podium, finishing fourth in today’s men’s slopestyle.

Hoping to emulate Izzy Atkin’s bronze-medal winning performance from yesterday, Woods left nothing in the tank, going big on all three runs in the final.

The 26-year-old was laying down a great first run before crashing out at the final jump, however he then backed that up with a 91-point second run to sit temporarily in the silver medal position.

With one run to go, Woods was in third and despite a couple of mistakes, he still managed a 90-point third run but was unable to improve his position.

It was then a waiting game to see if he could hold onto his position, however when American Nick Goepper scored 93.60 on his final run, Woods’ tenuous grip on the bronze medal was lifted.

Norway’s Oystein Braaten (95.00) took the gold from Goepper with Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (92.40) in third.

Following the event, Woods said he believes if he had pieced together all the elements of his performance in one run, the result could have been a lot different.

“That run, in my honest opinion, I think I can put my hand on my heart and say [if it’s] clean, I definitely could have won, and I’m proud of that,” said Woods. “I put in a really good nudge, I took a massive hit on the first run, but I’m pretty sure I laced that run – that I was constructing for a good amount of time – three times on the bounce, under pressure, and I’m proud of that.

“Now compared to Sochi, [where] I didn’t put my best effort down; there wasn’t the depth of field that there was here – the positions really don’t matter. But today I went out there and put it all on the line and I went for broke.

“That was just the most incredible competition – it really, really was. We had perfect weather, we had a perfect course, everyone brought their A-game – it was an amazing event. It was just a great show. I could not be prouder of free skiing.”

While Woods came through qualifying in eighth position to make the final, Tyler Harding was not so lucky.

Making his Olympic debut, the 21-year-old took on the course and put together solid rails sections but twice crashed out on the jumps, finishing in 29th overall.

The determination in Harding’s runs belied his flawed build-up to PyeongChang after a torn meniscus in January hampered his preparations.

After making his debut in PyeongChang, Harding said is was special to not only be part of the Olympics, but part of the best quality slopestyle competition he has ever witnessed.

“Everything outside of that [knee injury] has been amazing – seeing the fans, seeing the people back home, the reception – I’m very happy about that,” said Harding.

“It is a very hard course to get top to bottom with your best run. There’s a of of things to do, a lot of different features – hard, long features as well.

“Even in qualifiers, it was the highest level I’ve ever seen in free skiing, and then in the finals everyone stepped up a notch even more.”

Pat Sharples and James Woods

Izzy Atkin wins Olympic bronze in PyeongChang

Posted on 19/02/18 by Rare Management

Izzy Atkin has carved herself a slice of British Olympic history by claiming a bronze medal in the ladies’ ski slopestyle at Phoenix Snow Park, PyeongChang.

Final scoreboard

 

In doing so, Atkin (84.80 pts) becomes the first British freestyle skier to stand on the Olympic podium.

Switzerland claimed the top two places with Sarah Hoefflin (91.20) winning gold and Mathilde Gremaud silver (88.00).

The youngest member of Team GB was sitting 20th after the first run of qualifying but rose into fourth on her second run to safely finish inside the top 12 and earn herself a place in the final.

Atkin moved into fourth position on the first run of the final with a score of 68.40 and then rose into third on the second run with 79.40.

At the start of the final run, X-Games winner Maggie Voisin (USA) leapfrogged Atkin meaning the 19-year-old needed a strong final performance to get back in the medal hunt.

And she did just that, eclipsing Voisin by 3.2 points to get back in the bronze medal position.

With her parents and sister watching on from the stands, Atkin then had a nervous wait as the top three qualifiers took to their final runs however no one could make an impact on the final result.

“There were tons of big names in the field; it could have been anyone’s,” said Atkin. “Standing at the bottom after my third and final run I knew I had skied the best I could, and I was waiting for those last three or four girls to drop… my heart was racing! I just can’t believe it.

“I’m just stoked with how I skied and also stoked to win the bronze.”

Katie Summerhayes (71.80) also put in a fantastic performance to not only qualify for her second Olympic final, but to finish seventh and match her performance from Sochi.

Summerhayes was fighting a race against time to be ready for PyeongChang after injuring her ankle in December, however the 22-year-old stepped it up to show why she is considered one of the best in the world.

Izzy Atkin - bronze medalist

PyeongChang Daily Update

Posted on 14/02/18 by Rare Management

Day 5 Wrap / Day 6 Preview

Today’s events:

Alpine: Ladies Slalom – postponed

Tomorrow’s events
Alpine: Ladies’ Giant Slalom
Cross Country: Ladies’ 10km Free

UK viewing options:  BBC Broadcast Details  |  Eurosport 1 & 2 Schedule  |  Eurosport Player Detail

DAY 5 WRAP

ALPINE: LADIES’ SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre POSTPONED

Today’s ladies’ Slalom was delayed twice and then finally postponed until Friday due to adverse weather conditions at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

Charlie Guest will need to wait two more days to make her Olympic debut while Alex Tilley will be in action tomorrow if conditions allow the already-rescheduled Giant Slalom to take place.

 

DAY 6 PREVIEW

ALPINE: LADIES’ GIANT SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

1am (GMT) Run 1  |  4:45am (GMT) Run 2 – Alex Tilley

Alex Tilley’s Olympic debut was put on delay on Monday when the Giant Slalom was postponed until Thursday due to high winds, and after today’s rescheduling of the Slalom, tomorrow will hopefully see the 24-year-old make her first Games appearance.

While her Giant Slalom results have been somewhat mixed this season, she has shown signs of her true potential with some of her best World Cup results in this, her preferred discipline.

Tilley was the fifth-fastest skier in the second run at Courchevel in December to finish 13th, her best-ever World Cup finish. She also won a FIS race at Levi in November.

She has had previous success at Yongpyong where she finished first and second in two Far East Cup Giant Slalom races in January 2017.

Known for skiing to her limits, Tilley will leave nothing on the table.

 

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ 10KM FREE at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

6:30am (GMT) Annika Taylor

Annika Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday in the Skiathlon and the 24-year-old is looking forward to an improved performance in Thursday’s 10km Free race.

Tomorrow’s event is a more favourable one for Taylor, and after Saturday’s race she commented that much of her season’s focus has been pointing towards it.

“The event is something I’ve been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver,” said Taylor. “I hope that this race [the Skiathlon] just blew the cobwebs away a little bit and I can go and enjoy that race [10km free] and fight back a little bit.”

It is this event which has delivered Taylor who lowest FIS points results, achieving top 10 finishes at Alpen Tour and US Super Tour races over the last three years.

 

PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

Posted on 09/02/18 by Rare Management

PyeongChang Daily Update – Day 1 Preview

With the Opening Ceremony done and the Olympic flame lit, it’s time to turn the focus to our British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang as they hit the competitive arena for day one of competition tomorrow.

There will be four athletes in action across two events, and you’ll need to set the alarm early to catch all the action.

UK viewing options:  BBC Broadcast Details  |  Eurosport 1 & 2 Schedule  |  Eurosport Player Details

SNOWBOARD: MEN’S SLOPESTYLE at Phoenix Snow Park
1:00am (GMT) Heat 1 – Jamie Nicholls
4:00am (GMT) Heat 2 – Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas

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(L-R) Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls

Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls return to Olympic action with high hopes having both enjoyed top 10 slopestyle finishes in Sochi, and they are joined by the youngest male in the British Ski & Snowboard contingent in PyeongChang, Rowan Coultas.

Nicholls finished sixth in Sochi and has stood on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the last two years. He claimed his maiden World Cup victory in the Czech Republic in 2016 but has competed rarely this season, his place on the Olympic team all but secured when he finished second on the overall slopestyle standings in the 2016/17 World Cup.

The 24-year-old will no doubt have extra motivation after his cousin Katie Ormerod was ruled out of the Games on Thursday with a fractured heel.

Like Nicholls, Morgan has competed rarely this season but is always one of the riders to watch. His only World Cup slopestyle event this season was a sixth-place finish in New Zealand back in September, one of five career top 10 results which includes two podiums.

Morgan, 28, just missed out on direct qualification for the final in Sochi, but sent down the highest semi-final score before finishing 10th overall.

Coultas has been one of the young guns in the GB Park and Pipe squad for a number of years now and is primed to now perform on the biggest stage. The 20-year-old announced himself as a star of the future in 2014 when he took slopestyle silver at the World Junior Championships in Italy.

Since then he has earned three World Cup top 10 results in slopestyle and will remember last competition in Korea fondly when he finished eighth in the Big Air test event in 2016.

CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ SKIATHLON at Alpensia Cross Country Centre

Annika Taylor

Annika Taylor

7:15am (GMT) – Annika Taylor

The ladies’ skiathlon is a 15km race where athletes complete the first 7.5km in classic technique, followed by 7.5km free skate. The event is a true test of skiers overall cross country skills and it will be Annika Taylor’s first race of a busy week in PyeongChang.

Born in California, Taylor qualifies as British courtesy of her father and has raced internationally for Great Britain since 2013 when she competed in the World U23 Championships. Since then Taylor has not only graduated from university with a degree in chemistry, she has also graduated to British Nordic Elite Squad and has been on the World Cup circuit since 2015.

Taylor, 24, has only raced the skiathlon discipline three times on the international stage, with her last race being at last year’s World Championships in Lahti, Finland where she finished 41st.

BOA Statement: Katie Ormerod

Posted on 08/02/18 by Rare Management

BOA Statement: Katie Ormerod

The following statement has been released by the British Olympic Association and British Ski & Snowboard:

Team GB snowboard athlete Katie Ormerod has been ruled out of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games following a severe fracture to her right heel bone.

The 20-year-old from Brighouse was due to compete in snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air and will undergo emergency surgery in the morning.

Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission said: “We are deeply sorry for Katie and her fellow snowboarders who have lost a valued member of their close-knit team. She is a world class competitor across both disciplines and we are desperately disappointed for her.  From everyone at Team GB we wish her all the best for her recovery.”

Dan Hunt, British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director said: “We are all devastated for Katie who was in strong form coming into the Olympics.  She is a talented athlete and wonderful role model.

“At a young age she has already achieved highly within the sport, most recently with gold at the World Cup in Russia last year.  Her determined and fearless nature will see her come back from this and reach the exciting potential and future that is ahead of her.

“We wish her all the best and with four park and pipe snowboarders competing, her team mates will now be giving their all for her as well as their nation over these Games.”

Snowcamp – Introducing #Switch180

Posted on 07/02/18 by Rare Management

 

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INTRODUCING #SWITCH180

We’re extremely pleased and excited to share with you information about our brand new campaign #Switch180!

WHAT’S THE CAMPAIGN ABOUT?

Giving young people positive opportunities can turn their lives around. Our #Switch180 campaign aims to highlight the critical importance of supporting our young people at this key time in their lives, and shows that we must do more as a society to provide the right opportunities for young people today.

WATCH AND SHARE THE FILM

Our campaign film follows the story of one Snow-Camp young person, Laquan. Find out how just one positive opportunity made all the difference to Laquan’s life. If you have a spare 2 minutes and would like to watch the film, please click on the image below or here is the video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuLc7S507rg

We would really appreciate it if you could share the campaign film on social media using the hashtag #Switch180 enabling many more people to become aware of our work with young people

WHY FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE? OUR RESEARCH

We conducted our own research, in partnership with YouGov in December 2017, which showed that:

7% of young people feel they need more support from society to help them to achieve their potential.

76% of young people believe that the lack of positive opportunities put young people at an increased risk of falling into crime and antisocial behaviour.

The research proves that we must do more to provide positive activities and opportunities for young people – they can make all the difference to the direction their lives take. Positive opportunities can motivate and inspire young people to achieve their potential, reducing the risk of falling into crime and antisocial behaviour and inspiring them towards rewarding and successful futures. The statistics make it all too clear why our work is needed.

We all have a part to play. Please get involved, support the campaign and help give our young people a better future. Thank you.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN HERE

 

Get your taste of snowsports at the Lecht Winter Games

Posted on 29/01/18 by Rare Management

Get your taste of snowsports at the Lecht Winter Games

With PyeongChang less than two weeks away and Olympic fever setting in, an exciting event is about to take place which will allow newcomers and lovers of snowsports to try a range of different disciplines.

British Ski & Snowboard together with Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport England is presenting a two-day celebration of snowsports at Scottish resort Lecht 2090.

The Lecht Winter Games will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February in the midst of the Olympic Winter Games in Korea, and with Lecht 2090 using the pioneering technology from TechnoAlpin snowfactory, there will be guaranteed snow on certain slopes.

Lecht 2090 Resort, Cairngorms, Scotland

Lecht 2090 Resort, Cairngorms, Scotland

There’ll be something for everyone whether you’re 2 or 92, with discounted lift ticket prices over the weekend for those taking part in the following “come and try” sessions:

A Cross Country skiing track complete with timed laps, including all equipment and expert instruction from Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre and Huntly Nordic Ski Club

A mini Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross track with coaching advice from Snowsport Scotland

Freestyle skiing and snowboarding on park & pipe jumps, rails and airbag, including coaching from Aberdeen Snowsports and Cairngorm Snowboard Club

A timed Giant Slalom course with tips provided by Gordon skiers and demo kit provided by Atomic

Burton ‘Riglet’ snowboard sessions for kids aged 2 to 5

Ski and snowboard taster lessons provided by Lecht 2090 Ski & Snowboard School

There will also be the opportunity for those aged 5 to 15 to sign up for the Futures Snow Award, a new national scheme designed to support and encourage young people to get involved in snowsports in a new, fun and progressive way.

People attending the Lecht Winter Games will also see some stars of the future in action with the up-and-comers from the GB Park & Pipe Team training on the airbag in the freestyle park while members of the British Nordic Development Squad will showcase their cross country skiing.

And the action won’t just be taking place on the snow…

Get inside and you will be able to sample local produce and check out the offerings from Gordon Castle Scotland, Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Cairngorm Brewery.

Protect Our Winters will be presenting information on climate change relevant to the winter sports community, and from 4pm-7pm there will on live music, glühwein and more food available in the upstairs bar.

Registration for the event will open on Monday 5 February when a full schedule and timings will be made available.

Links to the registration site will be available via the event page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1970528069830958/

To share news about the event, please use the following link:
http://teambss.org.uk/news-info/news/LechtGames.

The first 100 people to sign up will also receive a free neck warmer from Bawbags.

The Lecht Winter Games will be delivered by Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe. The event also forms part of the ongoing PyeongChang to Piste campaign led by Snowsport England.

 

Record number of Team GB skiers and snowboarders set for PyeongChang 2018

Posted on 25/01/18 by Rare Management

Record number of Team GB skiers and snowboarders set for PyeongChang 2018

Team GB will take more skiers and snowboarders to an Olympic Winter Games than ever before with a record number of athletes selected for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Twenty-five athletes will compete across alpine, cross country, freestyle skiing and snowboard events with the previous record of 22 selected for Cortina 1956.

Freestyle skiing is the largest of the ski and snowboard disciplines with 11 athletes selected, while six snowboarders will compete in PyeongChang including Zoe Gillings-Brier who is set for her fourth Winter Olympics. Four alpine and four cross-country skiers complete the team.

More than half of the squad (14) will be competing at their first ever Games while Dave Ryding, Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young join Gillings-Brier as the more experienced athletes with the three skiers selected for their third Olympic Winter Games.

Dave Ryding

Dave Ryding

With an average age of just 24, Ski & Snowboard Team Leader Dan Hunt sees PyeongChang as one of the first major steps on a journey which can move Great Britain towards being one of the world’s leading snowsports nations.

Hunt said: “When you look analyse this squad, it’s a pretty good indicator of where British snowsports will be heading over the next four years to Beijing and then beyond.

“More than half the team will be competing at their first Olympics, one-third of the squad are 22 or younger and only four athletes have competed at more than one Games.

“We will be competing in more disciplines in PyeongChang than we have before and we’ve never had more athletes heading to an Olympics with genuine expectations about how well their performances will stack up against the best in the world.

“Of course you can never predict how the results will ultimately fall, but I am certain that we’re going to Korea with opportunities to deliver more world class performances than a British ski and snowboard team ever done.”

Team GB’s Ski & Snowboard squad for PyeongChang 2018

Alpine Skiing
Charlie Guest, aged 24, from Perth, Scotland
Dave Ryding, 31, from Leyland, Lancashire
Laurie Taylor, 21, from Basingstoke, Hampshire
Alex Tilley, 24, from Torphins, Scotland

Credit: Vanessa Fry Photography

Alex Tilley, Credit: Vanessa Fry Photography

Cross-Country Skiing
Andrew Musgrave, 27, from Poole, Dorset
Callum Smith, 25, from Inverurie, Scotland
Annika Taylor, 24, from Truckee, USA
Andrew Young, 25, from Huntly, Scotland

Freestyle Skiing
Izzy Atkin, 19, from Boston, USA
Murray Buchan, 26, from Edinburgh, Scotland
Rowan Cheshire, 22, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon, 23, from Hong Kong
Tyler Harding, 21, from Halifax, Yorkshire
Emily Sarsfield, 34, from Durham
Peter Speight, 25, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Katie Summerhayes, 22, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Molly Summerhayes, 20, from Sheffield, Yorkshire
Lloyd Wallace, 22, from Bath, Somerset~
James Woods, 26, from Sheffield, Yorkshire

Snowboarding
Rowan Coultas, 20, from Bedford
Aimee Fuller, 26, from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Zoë Gillings-Brier, 32, from Douglas, Isle of Man
Billy Morgan, 28, from Southampton, Hampshire
Jamie Nicholls, 24, from Bradford, Yorkshire
Katie Ormerod, 20, from Brighouse, Yorkshire

Alpine Skiing
Dave Ryding leads a team of four alpine skiers which will compete across the technical disciplines in PyeongChang. Ryding, returning for his third Games, earned six top 10 World Cup finishes last year including a podium at Kitzbühel, and has backed that up with four more top 10s this season.

“It’s definitely a bit different going into these Games compared to the last two,” said Ryding. “The first time I went hoping for some good performances, then last time I went in knowing that on my day I could mix it in the top 30.

“This time I’m ranked in the top 15 and that’s where the medals usually come from. I’ve had some good results recently and I can build on that.” Commenting on the fact he is entering the Games with more media attention than ever before, Ryding added, “There’s a lot more recognition now, which is nice – it means I’m probably in with a chance.”

He will be joined in the men’s slalom by 21-year-old Laurie Taylor who made his World Cup debut last season and went on to finish 33rd at the World Championships in 2017.

Alex Tilley will compete in the ladies’ giant slalom and slalom, while Charlie Guest will join Tilley in the slalom. Tilley has had her best season to date on the World Cup circuit, earning a career-best 13th in Courchevel. Guest’s inclusion comes three years after the 24-year-old fractured four vertebrae while training in Sweden.

The quartet will also combine for the Alpine Team Event which is making its Olympic debut.

Cross-Country Skiing
Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young return for their third Olympic campaigns and their best chances following strong seasons to date.

Musgrave was fourth in the 50km free at the World Championships last year and has also stood on the World Cup podium earlier this year. Young battled illness at the start of the season but has returned to form with three top 15 World Cup results from his last three races.

Musgrave said: “It’s definitely different approaching these Olympics compared to the last couple of times,”

“Vancouver was a learning experience – I was never realistically going to be fighting for a medal. Four years later, Sochi: on a really good day, then maybe a top 10. It’s a different set-up now and everyone on the team is faster than they were four years ago. We have new coaches, we’re a lot more professional.

“I’ve been on the [World Cup] podium already this year at the Tour de Ski, I’m healthy now, training is good, so now it should be a realistic goal to be right up there in PyeongChang.”

Callum Smith and Annika Taylor round out the quartet of British Nordic Team skiers on the way to PyeongChang. Smith competed in the Sprint, 15km classic and skiathlon in Sochi, while Taylor – a top 30 finisher at the World U23 Championships in 2016 – is the sole member of the ladies’ team.

Events which will be raced by each athlete will be confirmed closer to the Games.

Freestyle Skiing
Freestyle skiers make up the largest contingent of skiers and snowboarders on Team GB with eleven athletes competing across four disciplines: halfpipe (5), slopestyle (4), ski cross (1) and aerials (1).

Ski slopestyle represents one of Team GB’s strongest snowsports disciplines with high hopes in both the men’s and ladies’ events. James Woods is a four-time World Cup winner in ski slopestyle and finished fifth in Sochi despite a painful hip injury which hampered his performance.

Tyler Harding will make his Olympic debut in the discipline following a breakthrough season on the World Cup circuit which saw him earn his first top 10 in France just before Christmas.

Katie Summerhayes finished seventh in ski slopestyle in Sochi and returns for her second Games as a perennial contender having finished inside the top 10 at seven of her past nine World Cups including second at Stubai in November.

Also competing in the event will be Isabel Atkin who has made quite the name for herself over the past twelve months. In the last year, 19-year-old Atkin has competed at her first X-Games, earned a World Championships bronze medal and stood on the World Cup podium twice, including victory at Silvaplana last March.

Murray Buchan leads a trio of men’s halfpipe skiers on their way to PyeongChang. Buchan was a member of Team GB in Sochi where he finished 17th and has been consistently competitive on the international stage for a number of years, earning top 20 results at the last four World Championships.

Earning selection on the back of strong 2017/18 seasons are Peter Speight and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon. The pair have been steady improvers over the course of the campaign, highlighted by their maiden World Cup finals appearances in China in December where Speight finished fourth and Glavatsky-Yeadon eighth.

Rowan Cheshire will be looking for Olympic redemption when she lines up for the ladies’ halfpipe in Korea. Cheshire was highly-fancied going into Sochi having won a World Cup just a month before, however a crash in training ruled her out of competition.

A cautious return to the top of the sport over the past four years has her primed to finally make her Olympic debut in PyeongChang. She will be joined in the halfpipe by Molly Summerhayes – sister of Katie – who is off to her first Games. The 20-year-old is the 2015 Junior World Champion and broke through for her first career World Cup top 10 in China late last year.

Seventeen-year-old Madi Rowlands had met the requisite eligibility criteria in both slopestyle and halfpipe, however a knee injury earlier this month ruled her out of contention.

Emily Sarsfield will line up in the ladies’ ski cross and the 34-year-old, who will be the oldest member of the ski and snowboard squad in PyeongChang, suffered a knee injury which ruled her out of Vancouver 2010 and narrowly missed out on selection in 2014.

Lloyd Wallace continues a family involvement with the Games and in doing so has become the first British male to compete in aerials in 20 years. His mother Jilly (nee Curry) appeared in the 1992 (moguls) and 1994 (aerials) Olympic Winter Games, while his father Robin participated in the demonstration sport of ski ballet in 1988.

Wallace’s ticket to the Games looked in danger when he was placed in an induced coma following a training accident in August, however he has made a full recovery and competed regularly on the World Cup circuit this season prior to selection.

Rowan Cheshire said: “I’m super excited to get selected and it definitely takes a weight off your shoulders. I can’t wait for the experience and it should be really fun. I’ve competed in PyeongChang before, it’s such a nice vibe and I’m looking forward to seeing how the place has developed since we were last out there. I’m trying to see the Games as any normal competition so I don’t get too nervous and can stay calm, but I know how much the Olympics means to me and everyone else.”

Snowboarding
Aimee Fuller was part of the same competition which brought Jenny Jones her historic bronze medal in Sochi when she finished 17th in the ladies’ slopestyle. She has earned four World Cup top five finishes in her last 10 competitions and has two career top 10s in big air.

Twenty-year-old Katie Ormerod will join Fuller and brings with her impressive slopestyle form over the last two years including a bronze in slopestyle at X-Games and four World Cup top fives in slopestyle. However it is in big air where Ormerod could make the biggest impact: in 10 World Cup competitions she has finished in the top 10 nine times and finished on the podium on five occasions including victory in Moscow last January.

Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan will become two-time Olympians next month and will compete alongside 20-year-old Rowan Coultas. At Sochi 2014, Nicholls finished seventh and Morgan 10th in slopestyle. Since the last Games, Morgan has stood on the World Cup podium twice amongst six top 10 performances and created history when he became the first snowboarder to land an 1800 quadruple cork.

Jamie Nicholls, Credit: Matt Georges

Jamie Nicholls, Credit: Matt Georges

Nicholls, who carried the Olympic torch in Busan in November, has appeared on the slopestyle World Cup podium three times in the past two years, including victory in the Czech Republic in March 2016. Like Morgan and Nicholls, Coultas has only competed lightly this year but is a star on the rise having earned his first World Cup top 10 as an 18-year-old in 2016, and adding three more to his tally during the 2016/17 season.

Zoë Gillings-Brier will line up in the women’s snowboard cross for a fourth straight Games. Having reached the World Cup podium seven times – including a victory in Chile in 2004 – Gillings-Brier, who has become a mother since Sochi 2014, has finished inside the top 10 at her last two Olympics (eighth 2010, ninth 2014).

Billy Morgan said: “I’m stoked. It’s been four years since we were last here so it’s great for it to all come together again. Seeing all the kit just makes it even better. We’ve been out in South Korea for a test event and it was pretty epic so I’m really happy to spending a whole Games out there.”

 

Izzy and Woodsy head to X-Games as packed calendar continues

Posted on 24/01/18 by Rare Management

Izzy and Woodsy head to X-Games as packed calendar continues

Just when it seems like the action is winding down in preparation for PyeongChang, the busy winter sports calendar continues towards the end of the month.

The biggest event this week is the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado which starts on Thursday. James Woods will be competing at the event for the sixth straight year while Izzy Atkin has been invited to her second event.

Alex Tilley and Dave Ryding both competed in alpine World Cups yesterday and the pre-Olympics season is not over yet with other events still to come.

Meanwhile Jasmin Taylor will be hoping to add to her impressive World Cup campaign when the telemark skiers take to their second competition in Vermont in the space of a week.

** Note: British skiers and snowboarders selected for Team GB will be announced on Thursday 25 January.

FIS Alpine World Cup, Kronplatz ITA – Tuesday 23 January
FIS Alpine World Cup, Schladming AUT – Tuesday 23 January
Delancey British Alpine skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley were in World Cup action yesterday at events in Italy and Austria.

In the morning, Tilley competed in the giant slalom at Kronplatz, however she was unable to qualify for the second run after finishing 0.35 seconds outside the top 30. Tilley will race the World Cup giant slalom at Lenzerheide on the weekend and will also be joined in the slalom by Charlie Guest.

At ‘The Nightrace’ in Schladming, around 50,000 spectators were on hand to see one of the most anticipated slalom races of the season. Fresh from being the fastest down the mountain in the second run at Kitzbühel on Sunday, Ryding was 12th through the first run but was unable to improve that position after the second run. He currently sits ninth on the slalom World Cup overall standings.

Ryding will have his final pre-Olympics race at the Stockholm City Event next Tuesday where he finished fourth last year.

X-Games, Aspen USA – Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January

The X-Games are an iconic event on the freeski and snowboard calendar and two GB Park and Pipe skiers will be in Aspen this week for the 2018 edition.

James Woods has been attending X-Games since 2013 and will this year be competing in both slopestyle and big air. Woods broke through for his first X-Games win last year in big air, and his best slopestyle result is third (Aspen 2013 and Oslo 2017).

James Woods, X-Games 2013, Aspen USA

James Woods, X-Games 2013, Aspen USA

Izzy Atkin was a late call-up to the competition last year but has certainly earned her invitation in 2018 following an impressive 12 months. Over the past year Atkin has scored two World Cup podiums including a victory at Silvaplana in March as well as bronze at the World Championships. She enters the ski slopestyle event on the back of a pair of third-places in Snowmass at the World Cup and Grand Prix events.

FIS Telemark World Cup, Sugarbush Resort USA – Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 January
Jasmin Taylor has reached the World Cup podium seven times from eight races this year and has three more chances to add to that total later this week.

On the weekend, Taylor picked up her first ever World Cup win along with a second and a third at Suicide Six Resort, and now she is hoping for more glory 50 miles further north at Sugarbush Resort.

She will be competing in the ladies’ Classic, Sprint and Parallel Sprint while Louis Hatchwell is in the men’s events.

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
 

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