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CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS SPEARHEAD HUGE WEEKEND FOR GB SNOWSPORT

Posted on 14/01/19 by Rare Management

More than 30 British skiers and snowboarders were in action over the weekend and it was GB Cross Country leading the way with some historic World Cup results in Germany, while Charlotte Bankes continued her dominance in the snowboard cross Europa Cup.

 

Cross Country World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

GB Cross Country delivered a fantastic series of results over the weekend in Dresden where the sprint World Cup took place on the banks of the River Elbe.

In Saturday’s free skate sprint race, Andrew Young went one-better than 2018 when he qualified second in the prologue, while James Clugnet made it to the top 30 for the third straight race in 14th. Unfortunately both were unable to win through from their heats into the semi-finals with Clugnet edged out by just 0.05sec for the final lucky loser place.

Young eventually matched his result from last year in 13th while Clugnet was 23rd overall in his second-best individual World Cup result.

The following day’s team sprint brought much-anticipation in both the men’s and women’s races.

Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe missed out on a place in the final, however in finishing 15th in the team sprint, they created history by earning Great Britain’s first-ever women’s World Cup Nations Cup points.

In the men’s race, Young and Clugnet were looking to improve on their ninth-place finish from last year with the first hurdle being to make it through the semi-finals. In the second and much-faster semi, the Brits stayed with the lead group throughout and held onto a top five place through the finish to earn a place in the final.

The pair were just as competitive in the final, with the top five teams only breaking away in the final stages to leave GB in sixth place, less than 2.5sec off the podium. The result was Britain’s highest-ever team sprint result at a World Cup, Clugnet’s best World Cup finish while Young has only finished higher once before when he stood on the sprint podium in Toblach in 2015.

The quartet from Dresden will compete at the Norwegian Cup in Nes next week before Andrew Musgrave rejoins the squad the following week for the World Cup in Sweden.

 

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Puy St Vincent FRA – Sat 12-Sun 13 January

Snowboard cross star Charlotte Bankes has continued her fantastic form to start the season with a pair of Europa Cup victories in France.

After starting the season with a win in Austria, the 23-year-old backed up a World Cup podium with two more victories over the weekend to sit comfortably on top of the Europa Cup standings with three wins from four races.

Having previously competed in 16 Europa Cup races and never finished better than 17th, Maisie Potter showed her comeback from a heel injury is on track with two of her best ever results. In just her third race since almost a year on the sidelines, the 21-year-old finished 11th on Saturday before qualifying through to her first Europa Cup final and fourth place in Sunday race.

In the men’s races, Kyle Wise recorded his equal-second best career Europa Cup result with 24th on Sunday, while Chris Gregory’s best finish of the weekend was 41st in Saturday’s race.

 

Moguls World Cup, Calgary CAN – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

GB Moguls commenced a three-week block of World Cup competition in Calgary over the weekend with Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield both earning more World Cup points.

While unable to progress through to the finals, Makayla finished 22nd in the women’s event and is currently ranked 17th on the World Cup standings. Thomas was 24th in the men’s event and presently sits 26th on the season.

Wil Willis was 41st in the men’s competition while brother Max recorded a DNF.

The Moguls World Cup tour heads to Lake Placid, USA next week before returning to Canada for the final pre-World Championships event in Tremblant.

 

Alpine World Cup, Adelboden SUI – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

It was an unhappy weekend for the trio of men’s alpine skiers who took to the World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Charlie Raposo (giant slalom), Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (both slalom) all recorded DNFs on a course which caused plenty of trouble for many of the world’s best.

Taylor will be hoping for a better outing tomorrow when he competes in the Europa Cup slalom in Reiteralm, Austria. Raposo will also contest a Europa Cup giant slalom this Thursday in Kronplatz, Italy alongside compatriots Iain Innes and Jack Gower.

Kronplatz is also the venue for tomorrow’s giant slalom World Cup where Alex Tilley will be flying the British flag. A lack of consistency has plagued the PyeongChang Olympian this season with a 21st place in Killington her best result so far.

Tilley has been less than three-quarters of a second outside the top 30 in the last two World Cups at Kronplatz and will have high hopes of qualifying for the second run this year.

 

Snowboard World Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

Matt McCormick was the sole British snowboarder at the slopestyle World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria on Friday finishing the event in 28th place.

The 21-year-old had two good runs going but unfortunately fell at the last jump both times to slide out of contention for the semi-finals. He will be back in action on the course later this week for the Europa Cup, where his brother Chris will also be competing in the ski competition alongside Harris Booth.

Snowboard slopestyle World Cup kicks on again this week in Switzerland where the Laax Open will take place and GB Park+Pipe will be represented by Jamie Nicholls.

Nicholls has only competed in one slopestyle World Cup in the past 22 months and his last outing was at the Winter Olympics in February where he finished 16th overall.

Qualification in Laax takes place on Wednesday followed by semi-finals on Thursday before Friday’s final.

 

Para Nordic World Cup, Östersund SWE – Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 January

GB Para Nordic has recorded some fantastic results over the opening two days of the World Cup in Sweden.

In Saturday’s middle distance cross country races, Scott Meenagh was sixth in the men’s sitting category while Rachel Morris was ninth in the women’s.

In Sunday’s long distance races, Meenagh improved to fifth place with GB filling four of the top nine places thanks to strong performances from Steve Arnold (7th), Callum Deboys (8th) and Steve Thomas (9th). Rachel Morris chalked up a fantastic result in her race, finishing fourth. In the standing category, Terry Ahrens finished ninth.

The World Cup continues over the coming days in both biathlon and cross country. It is the final major event for the para nordic skiers ahead of next month’s World Championships in Canada.

 

Ski Cross Europa Cup, Villars SUI – Friday 11 January

A huge contingent from the GB Ski Cross squad was in Switzerland on Friday for the Europa Cup event in Villars.

PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield led the way to finish sixth while Emma Peters was right behind in seventh and Alannah Lawrie rounded out the top ten. Zoe Winthrop was 11th, Faith Davie 13th and Claire Winthrop 20th.

In the men’s race, Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was the highest-finishing Brit in ninth place ahead of Laurence Willows (44th), Mathi Avent (49th) and Richard Goldsworthy (50th).

Davies will head to the World Cup in Sweden this week while Sarsfield, Peters and Liz Stevenson head to Canada for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races. A further contingent of GB ski cross athletes will be in France for this week’s Europa Cup in Val Thorens.

 

Monster Weekend of International Action

Posted on 10/01/19 by Rare Management

With the World Championships of all snowsport disciplines just a matter of weeks away, the competition season is in full swing with more than 30 British skiers and snowboarders competing in World Cup and Europa Cup events over the next three days.

Alpine World Cup, Adelboden SUI – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

The men’s alpine World Cup rolls on to Switzerland this week where Dave Ryding again headlines a trio of British skiers in Adelboden.

On Saturday Charlie Raposo will take on the giant slalom, still pushing for his first trip into the World Cup top 30. Some encouraging splits in recent events have the 22-year-old knocking on the door, and a seventh-place finish in a pre-Christmas Europa Cup is one of Raposo’s best-ever results.

Dave Ryding’s recent form is well-reported with a podium finish on New Year’s Day highlighting a run of form which currently sees him sitting fifth on the slalom World Cup standings. The 32-year-old achieved his best result at Adelboden last year when he was 12th and will be hoping to improve on that again on Sunday.

Ryding is joined in the slalom by Laurie Taylor who is undertaking his first full World Cup season. A string of DNFs have marred the 21-year-old’s season and he is targeting a better run of form in the lead-in to next month’s World Championships.

The first run of Saturday’s Giant Slalom will be broadcast on Eurosport Player from 9:20am (GMT) and on Eurosport 1 from 10am. The second run will be available on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 12:30pm.

Sunday’s Slalom will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 9:15am (1st run) and 12:15pm (2nd run).

 

Cross Country World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

The sprint World Cup in Dresden last year was a highlight of the GB Cross Country season and there are hopes of similarly successful results this weekend.

In 2018, Andrew Young qualified third in the sprint prologue before finishing 13th. James Clugnet – competing in just his second World Cup – then raced with Young in the team sprint the following day, earning a breakthrough top ten result to finish ninth.

Young and Clugnet are back again this year with 22-year-old Clugnet having broken through for his first pair of individual World Cup top-30 results over the past month.

Nichole Bathe and Annika Taylor will fly the flag in the ladies’ races in Dresden. The pair have been training hard and are returning to competitive action following a pre-Christmas Scandinavian Cup race in Sweden where Taylor finished highest with 21st in the sprint.

The Dresden event is arguably the most innovative of the Cross Country World Cup season, raced over a relatively flat man-made course on the banks of the River Elbe.

The knockout stages of Saturday’s individual sprint will be shown on Eurosport Player from 12:10pm (GMT). Sunday’s team sprint will be shown on Eurosport Player from 11:35am and also on Eurosport 2 from midday.

 

Snowboard World Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

Matt McCormick made his slopestyle World Cup debut at Kreischberg two years ago and has only once gone better than the 23rd place he achieved there as a 19-year-old.

In his last slopestyle outing six months ago, McCormick finished on the podium at an event in Australia, however Friday’s competition will mark more than a year before he has participated at a slopestyle World Cup.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympic reserve is the only British snowboarder competing in Kreischberg and is targeting a strong result ahead of next month’s World Championships in Park City, USA.

Qualifying takes place on Friday with the men’s competition starting at 10:15am GMT. Live scoring will be available via the FIS app and website.

The final of the Kreischberg World Cup will be broadcast on the Eurosport Player from 11:30am (GMT) on Saturday.

 

Moguls World Cup, Calgary CAN – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

After some breakthrough results in China before Christmas, GB Moguls are in North America for a solid block of World Cup competition ahead of the World Championships.

Following this week’s event in Calgary, the team will then head to Lake Placid before returning to Canada for the third World Cup of the year in Tremblant.

Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield have steadily improved this season with career-best results at their last outing in Thaiwoo. After her highest-ever single moguls World Cup finish in Ruka (21st), Makayla improved to 14th in China before backing it up in the dual moguls with 12th. Thomas earned his first World Cup points in Thaiwoo by making it through the first two rounds of the dual moguls before being defeated by the Olympic silver medallist.

The siblings will be joined in Calgary by the Willis brothers, Max and Wil. Max earned his best-ever World Cup result at this venue twelve months ago when he finished 21st, and he comes into the event having been the highest British finisher in the men’s single moguls in China where he earned World Cup points from his 25th place. Wil Willis has never competed in North America and will be looking to improve on his individual result from China where he failed to finish his run.

Men’s qualifying begins at Friday 7:25pm, and ladies’ qualifying is at Saturday 6pm; live scoring will be available on the FIS app and website.

The finals of the Moguls World Cup will be broadcast on Eurosport Player and Eurosport 2 from 8:20pm (GMT) on Saturday night.

 

Para Nordic World Cup, Östersund SWE – Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 January

The second Para Nordic World Cup of the season sees a six-strong team of British skiers taking to their final major competition ahead of the World Championships.

PyeongChang Paralympian Scott Meenagh again leads the team after some strong results last month in Finland. Over the course of the next week, Meenagh – along with Steve Arnold – will contest every individual cross country and biathlon event, comprising five races in just seven days.

Steve Thomas, Callum Deboys and Rachel Morris all made their World Cup debuts in December and head to Östersund planning to compete in the long distance, middle distance and sprint cross country races. 1998 Paralympian Terry Ahrens will also be in Sweden competing in a combination of cross country and biathlon races.

Results from Östersund will be available via the World Para Nordic website: https://www.paralympic.org/nordic-skiing/calendar-results

 

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Puy St Vincent FRA – Sat 12-Sun 13 January

One of the final snowboard cross events before the World Championships takes place in Puy St Vincent this weekend where Charlotte Bankes will be looking to continue her impressive early-season form.

Bankes, who has a World Cup podium and Europa Cup victory from her first events of the year, will be racing in France for the first time since moving away from the French team earlier this season to now represent Great Britain. The 23-year-old has an incredible Europa Cup record with 14 wins from 30 races including four wins at Puy St Vincent.

She is joined in the ladies’ event by Maisie Potter who is competing in her third event of the season after a heel injury took her out of action for almost twelve months.

Kyle Wise and Chris Gregory will compete in the men’s event with Wise first racing Europa Cup at this venue more than seven years ago. His best result at Puy St Vincent is 38th and he is hopeful of finding the form which earned him a career-best 15th at a Europa Cup in Austria nearly four years ago. Gregory competed at his first Europa Cup in November with the experience gained there expected to give the 28-year-old more confidence this weekend.

The Puy St Vincent snowboard cross Europa Cup features two races over Saturday and Sunday with results available on the FIS app and website.

 

Ski Cross Europa Cup, Villars SUI – Friday 11 January

A large contingent from the GB Ski & Snowboard Cross Squad will be in action tomorrow at the Europa Cup in Switzerland with an Olympian and a Junior World Champion leading the charge.

PyeongChang 2018 representative Emily Sarsfield is one of seven athletes competing in the ladies draw at Villars. She is joined by fellow World Cup representatives Liz Stevenson and Emma Peters along with Zoe and Claire Winthrop, Faith Davie and Alannah Lawrie.

Ollie Davies is still looking for a breakthrough result at World Cup level but will be targetting for a strong result in Villars after reaching the Europa Cup podium in France last season. Mathi Avent and Richard Goldsworthy both reached FIS podiums in Sweden last month and will be competing alongside Davies and fellow Brit Laurence Willows.

The Europa Cup event begins at Friday 9:50am (GMT) with results available on the FIS app and website.

MUSGRAVE, RYDING SCORE SOLID RESULTS

Posted on 08/01/19 by Rare Management

Two of GB Snowsport’s most experienced campaigners continued their strong starts to 2019, with Dave Ryding and Andrew Musgrave finishing the first week of the year with good World Cup results.

Cross Country Tour de Ski stages 6 & 7, Val di Fiemme – Sat 5-Sun 6 January

Andrew Musgrave has come back from a debilitating illness at the back end of 2018 to show positive signs in the lead-up to this year’s World Championships after a strong showing at the Tour de Ski.

The three-time Olympian finished in 17th place overall, his second-best finish ever in the event, following yesterday’s 9km climb in the seventh and final stage.

Throughout the nine-day event Musgrave delivered some eye-catching performances, particularly in the two 15km classic mass start stages which earned the 28-year-old his best and third-best career results in classic events.

Musgrave will now take a break from competition with his next event scheduled to be the World Cup at Ulricehamn, Sweden in three weeks time.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is this weekend in Germany where Andrew Young, James Clugnet, Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe take part in the individual and team sprint events.

 

Alpine World Cup, Zagreb CRO – Sunday 6 January

Dave Ryding just missed out on another top 10 performance but still delivered a strong result to cap an exciting opening week of the year.

Just five days after standing on the podium in Oslo, Ryding was back at it in Zagreb where he progressed to the second run in a tie for 23rd. Laurie Taylor did not move through after a recording a DNF in the first run.

Starting from a similar position to that which saw him make a charge to fourth place in Italy just before Christmas, Ryding was again in need of a solid second run. The 32-year-old laid down the eighth-fastest second run of the competition, seeing him rise to 11th overall.

The result sees Ryding now sitting in fifth place on the 2018/19 slalom World Cup standings ahead of this weekend’s race in Adelboden, Switzerland.

ROCKET TARGETS ZAGREB WHILE MUZZY ROUNDS OUT TOUR DE SKI

Posted on 04/01/19 by Rare Management

This weekend marks a relative calm before the storm with 2019 World Cup action set to explode next weekend, but two British stars are in action with Dave Ryding looking to continue his strong vein of form in Croatia while Andrew Musgrave has the final two stages of the Tour de Ski in Italy.

Alpine World Cup, Zagreb CRO – Sunday 6 January

Dave Ryding was national front-page news this week after scoring his second-career podium in Oslo on New Year’s Day and he returns to Croatia in good shape and with good history in Zagreb.

Prior to Christmas Ryding also scored a fourth-place finish in Italy by setting the fastest second run of the race, while Tuesday’s runner-up performance confirmed his form is coming back as he gets used to a new equipment setup this season.

The 32-year-old has finished seventh in the last two World Cups in Zagreb, last year’s performance coming despite being bruised and sore from a heavy crash at the preceding event.

Sunday marks Ryding’s second race in a stretch which sees him compete in six World Cups in 29 days including the next four Sundays.

He is joined on the start line by Laurie Taylor who is competing in Croatia for the first time.

Having finished last season with race victories in the Far East Cup and at the British Alpine Championships, Taylor is hoping to return to the form which saw him earn a top 30 finish at last year’s Winter Olympics.

The first run of the World Cup men’s slalom from Zagreb will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 11am on Sunday. The second run will be on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from 2:30pm.

The first episode of Ski Sunday for 2019 will also be telecast from Zagreb on BBC 2 from 5:15pm GMT.

 

Cross Country Tour de Ski stages 6 & 7, Val di Fiemme – Sat 5-Sun 6 January

The final two stages of the 2018/19 Tour de Ski will be run and won this weekend at Val di Fiemme with Andrew Musgrave still in striking distance of his best Tour finish.

The three-time Olympian achieved his best-ever Tour de Ski result last season when he finished 15th but entered this year’s event struggling to recover from illness at the back end of 2018.

Stage four in Germany saw Musgrave return to form with 15th place in the 15km mass start, his second-best World Cup result ever in a classic race. He followed that up with a strong performance in yesterday’s 15km free pursuit which sees him lying in 18th position with two stages to go.

After a rest day today, tomorrow’s sixth stage features another 15km classic mass start, the same length and format which Musgrave raced over on Wednesday. The Tour finishes on Sunday with the traditional 9km final climb which is expected to be played out before a television audience of around 30 million.

Stage 6 of the men’s Tour de Ski is scheduled to start at 2pm GMT on Saturday and Stage 7 is scheduled to start at 1:45pm on Sunday. Both events will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 and the Eurosport Player.

Ryding Makes History

Posted on 03/01/19 by Rare Management

Dave Ryding finished second at the new year’s day city event in Oslo, and on the way has become the most successful British alpine skier at World Cup level.

When Ryding finished second at Kitzbühel two years ago, he became the first British skier to stand on the alpine World Cup podium in 35 years.

Following today’s result, Ryding is Britain’s most successful alpine World Cup skier in history. Davina Galica is the only other British skier with two alpine World Cup podiums with a pair of downhill third places in 1968.

“I’ll look back at the end of my career and see where I’m at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning, keep getting better and maybe – you never know – maybe go that one step more,” said Ryding after today’s race. “The depth in men’s slalom is crazy at the moment, but if I keep putting myself in the position then maybe one day I’ll pick it up.”

Ryding came into today’s event on the back of a fourth-place finish in Madonna di Campiglio prior to Christmas, and with the confidence from a fourth-place finish at the same event last year.

After defeating Manuel Feller (Austria) in the first round, Ryding earned a quarter-final match-up against Austria’s world number one Marcel Hirscher for the second time in as many years.

And just like 2018, Ryding was able to deliver an upset and once again earn a place in the final four. The 32-year-old’s reward for taking down the world number one was a semi-final against defending champion and 2018 Olympic slalom champion Andre Myhrer.

Ryding put down a fantastic first run to hold a handy lead, and while a misstep midway through the second run could have been costly, it was cancelled out by the Swede making a similar error which allowed Ryding to maintain his advantage and move through to the final against Marco Schwarz.

The Austrian gained the ascendency take a 0.28sec lead into the second run and while Ryding was zeroing in on Schwarz in the final stages, a missed gate cruelled the Brit’s chance at victory.

Ryding said the results at Madonna and Oslo are a testament to doing the right things in training and that his move back to Dynastar skis is proving to be a good call.

“I’ve changed skis and it’s not always that easy in the first races to know exactly what’s going to happen,” said Ryding. “Training’s great, but when you get into that race mode it takes time to shift over what happens naturally to the new line I have to take with the equipment.

“But everything’s coming together now and I’m really happy with how the equipment is; I just need to keep going and keep believing in myself a bit more than I was at the start.”

Ryding will line up again in just five days time when the World Cup circuit moves onto Croatia, a venue at which he has scored top 10 for the last two years. Like the corresponding event last year, he goes into this weekend’s race in Zagreb with strong form and good results but without the lingering impact from a crash in the 2018 Oslo semi-finals.

“I need a day off or two and then wrap it up for Sunday but things are definitely going in the right direction,” said Ryding. “I’m feeling good, I’m in good shape physically – everything’s positive at the moment.

“Madonna was certainly needed to get that going but I have to keep skiing well and we’ll see what that brings in Zagreb.”

British Alpine World Cup Podiums

Gina Hathorn – 2nd Women’s Slalom, Grindelwald SUI, 10 January 1967

Davina Galica – 3rd Women’s Downhill, Bad Gastain AUT, 17 January 1968

Davina Galica – 3rd Women’s Downhill, Chamonix FRA, 23 February 1968

Konrad Bartelski – 2nd Men’s Downhill, Val Gardena ITA, 13 December 1981

Dave Ryding – 2nd Men’s Slalom, Kitzbühel AUT, 22 January 2017

Dave Ryding – 2nd Men’s City Event, Oslo NOR, 1 January 2019

British Stars Head Charge Towards 2019

Posted on 31/12/18 by Rare Management

The final World Cups of the year are about to take place and it is the established names of British snowsport who are leading the way heading towards 2019.

Dave Ryding pulled off one of the best performances of his career just before Christmas and has earned a place in the new year race in Oslo, while fellow three-time Olympian Andrew Musgrave is one of three GB Cross Country skiers about to embark on the Tour de Ski.

All this just a week after Charlotte Bankes capped her first snowboard cross World Cups for Great Britain with two top six performances including a podium at Cervinia, Italy.

Alpine World Cups – Saturday 22 December to Tuesday 1 January

Dave Ryding was always going to approach Oslo’s New Year’s Day race with confidence as the city event format has brought him some of his best-ever World Cup results.

Other than historic second place at Kitzbuhel in January 2017, Ryding’s next best World Cup results were a pair of fourth-place finishes in the city events at Stockholm (Jan 2017) and last year’s new year’s day race in Oslo where he knocked out Marcel Hirscher in the quarter-finals.

Those results were matched last Saturday when Ryding was fourth in the final pre-Christmas World Cup slalom at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Following a first run which saw Ryding just scrape into the top 30, the 32-year-old capitalised on starting early by sending down the fastest second run to finish just 0.15sec off the podium.

The result was by far Ryding’s best since changing equipment this season and will certainly have him in the right frame of mind going into a format which has suited him in the past.

Meanwhile, Alex Tilley competed in today’s World Cup giant slalom at Semmering, Austria but was 0.37sec off qualifying for a second run, finishing 37th.

** The City Event will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 from 7pm GMT on new year’s day.

Cross Country Tour de Ski – Saturday 29 December to Sunday 6 January

One of the cross country World Cup’s iconic events kicks off tomorrow when the 13th Tour de Ski begins in Toblach, Italy.

Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and James Clugnet will all start Saturday’s first sprint stage and if they finish the Tour they’ll clock near 81km across three countries, featuring seven stages over nine days.

While Clugnet earned his first World Cup top 30 result in his last start and Young has reached the World Cup podium in the sprint, the format is just as important for overall contender Musgrave with bonus seconds on offer during each stage.

Tomorrow’s sprint will be followed by a 15km free stage on Sunday before a travel day as the Tour moves to Val Müstair, Switzerland for another sprint stage on Tuesday. The Tour then moves on to Obertsdorf, Germany for a 15km classic mass start on Wednesday and a 15km free pursuit on Thursday. Another day off follows while the athletes move on to Val di Fiemme, Italy for Saturday’s 15km classic mass start before the traditional 9km final climb on Sunday.

Musgrave is the leading British hope in this year’s race following three top 20 results in the past four year’s including his best-ever finish – 15th – in last season’s race.

** All stages of the Tour de Ski will be broadcast on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player. Check https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/ for the various viewing times across the event.

 

BANKES CELEBRATES FIRST WORLD CUP FOR GB WITH A PODIUM FINISH

Posted on 21/12/18 by Rare Management

 

FIS Snowboard World Cup – Cervinia ITA – SBX – © Miha Matavz/FIS

 

Almost one month since changing nations, Charlotte Bankes has delivered snowboard cross success to Great Britain with a podium performance at the first World Cup of the season.

Bankes was seventh in yesterday’s qualifying and followed up with a dominant performance in today’s quarter-final which she won convincingly.

Coming up against a strong semi-final field, the 23-year-old found herself jostling for a top three position before her class shone through to earn a place in the big final.

With a top six position guaranteed, Bankes was out of the gates quickly alongside four-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis. The American gained the ascendency into the first corner and after some close racing and board-to-board contact the former French rider was shuffled back through the field.

Midway through the course Bankes was forced to fight her way back through the field and did just that. Showing the tenacity she is renowned for on the World Cup circuit, Bankes tucked in behind the front-runners and took aggressive lines to move her way back into the top three.

While Jacobellis held the lead from start to finish, just 0.06sec separated Olympic bronze medallist Eva Samkova (CZE) from Bankes who was third.

“I had a good start there with Lindsey and was probably about second into the first turn but then I had some contact from behind and needed to take an outside line into the third or fourth turn and was passed by some of the others,” said Bankes. “I just needed to then get in behind everyone and try to start overtaking when I could but it was a bit of a slow course.

“Lindsey had a great race so I couldn’t really get near her but managed to get back up to third in a pretty tight finish.

 

 

“It’s a relief to get the first World Cup under my belt [for Great Britain] and it’s a good result after all the hard work.

“Thanks to all the GB Snowsport team for the support to get me through this autumn and to be in the best condition to start the new season.”

The second World Cup race in Cervinia takes place tomorrow with coverage available on the Eurosport Player from around 10:40am GMT.

Also in Italy, Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will feature in tomorrow’s World Cup slalom at Madonna di Campiglio. Live coverage will be available on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player (1st run 2:45pm, 2nd run 5:30pm).

 

 

Strong results highlight busy week of snowsport

Posted on 19/12/18 by Rare Management

There has been a swathe of competitions across Europe and North America with some results highlighting a strong weekend for British athletes ahead of more World Cup action.

Cross Country World Cup, Davos SUI – Saturday 15-Sunday 16 December

Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet had significant results during the World Cup stop in Davos over the weekend.

In Saturday’s sprint, Clugnet became the third British skier to progress past the prologue and into the top-30 heats of a World Cup sprint event. The 22-year-old was 25th in qualifying, while Young (34th, +0.34s) and Musgrave (38th, +0.64s) were less than a second away from progressing.

While Clugnet was unable to qualify for the semi-finals, his 28th place is a career-best individual result which sets him up well for the rest of his first full World Cup season.

Musgrave also had his best-ever result over the weekend. The 28-year-old has competed in World Cups at Davos since 2008 with his best previous result coming in a 30km race two years ago when he came 15th. Musgrave improved that by five places on Sunday the 16th, on his way to his first top 10 of the season, a strong result ahead of the Tour de Ski -starting on 29 December.

** Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe attended the Scandinavian Cup in Oestersund, Sweden over the weekend with the best result being Sunday’s 10km free skate where Bathe finished 31st.


Alpine World, Europa and Far East Cups – Monday 10-Saturday 22 December

The final three weeks of 2018 are jam-packed with alpine racing with an already-busy schedule becoming increasingly stacked with rescheduled events.

In the weekend’s World Cups in Italy, Jack Gower was 57th in the super G at Val Gardena on Friday, while on Saturday Charlie Raposo was clocking good splits until a mistake six gates from home cruelly ended his chance of a career-first flip to the top 30 or qualification into Monday’s parallel giant slalom.

Raposo returned on Wednesday in Austria with 2018’s final giant slalom World Cup at Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Slalom will take place on Thursday with Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor featuring in the race- originally slated for Val d’Isere before being cancelled and rescheduled.

Ryding and Taylor will head quickly from Austria to Italy ahead of the final pre-Christmas World Cup at Madonna di Campiglio this Saturday.

You can follow live timing for all these races on the FIS app and website. Thursday’s slalom from Austria will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player (1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 11:45am). Saturday’s men’s slalom in Italy will also be broadcast on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player (1st run 2:45pm, 2nd run 5:30pm).


Moguls World Cup, Thaiwoo CHN – Saturday 14-Sunday 15 December

Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield achieved benchmark results when the moguls World Cup landed in China over the weekend.

A week after scoring her first-ever World Cup points, Makayla improved to 14th in the single moguls on Saturday before achieving 12th in Sunday’s dual moguls.

Thomas missed out on World Cup points by the narrowest margin on Saturday after finishing 31st before a fantastic performance Sunday’s dual moguls. After winning through the first two rounds, it took Olympic silver medallist Matt Graham (AUS) to oust the 20-year-old but not before he earned a career-best 11th place.

Max Willis scored World Cup points for his 26th in Saturday’s single moguls however both he and brother Wil were eliminated in the first round of Sunday’s event.

The moguls World Cup resumes in January with three events in north America before February’s World Championships in Park City, Utah.

Dew Tour, Breckenridge USA – Thursday 13-Sunday 16 December

Rev Tour, Copper Mountain USA – Friday 14-Saturday 15 December

James Woods finished seventh at the Dew Tour on Saturday in a high-quality ski slopestyle event which featured most of the world’s best freeskiers.

Earlier in the week, Owen Pick (9th) and James Barnes-Miller (12th) featured in the adaptive snowboard event in Colorado.

Meanwhile, Zoe Atkin returned to Copper Mountain where she competed in her first-ever World Cup earlier this month to take on the field in the Rev Tour. The 15-year-old returned a pair of impressive halfpipe victories to take a commanding lead on the Nor-Am Cup standings.

Sixteen-year-old Connie Brogden also scored fifth and sixth place finishes to sit fourth overall. In the men’s halfpipe events, Sam Ward earned a top ten result on Saturday (8th) to accompany his 14th on Friday. Teammate Sam Gaskin was 15th on both Friday and Saturday.

Ski & Snowboard Cross World Cups – Sunday 16-Saturday 22 December

The Ski Cross World Cup commenced with a rescheduled event kicking off in Arosa, Switzerland.

Unfortunately Ollie Davies and Emily Sarsfield were unable to move through from Sunday’s qualifying runs into the finals, however their week is only getting started.

The Cross Alps Tour quickly moves on to Italy with a pair of World Cup races in Innichen which starts with qualifying on Thursday.

Thursday marks the start of the snowboard cross World Cup season which has been disrupted by mother nature. Charlotte Bankes and Maisie Potter will be in Cervinia, Italy to open their campaigns with qualifying on Thursday and head-to-head finals on Friday and Saturday.

The ski and snowboard cross World Cups will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 and the Eurosport Player this week. On Friday, snowboard cross will be broadcast at 10:30am GMT followed by the ski cross World Cup at 12:30pm. On Saturday, ski cross will broadcast from 10:15am followed by snowboard cross at 11:45am.

** Faith Davie, Mathi Avent, and Richard Goldworthy competed in ski cross FIS races in Kaabdalis, Sweden over the weekend and returned some impressive results. Goldworthy was second in both Saturday and Sunday’s races, Faith Davie and Avent also earned a podium place apiece.

Para Alpine Europa Cup, St Moritz SUI – Thursday 13-Saturday 15 December

2014 Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith were in fantastic form at the Europa Cup in St Moritz following a pair of Europa Cup giant slalom victories.

In Thursday’s race, Gallagher and Smith shared the podium with 2018 Paralympic gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick (and guide Jen Kehoe) who finished third.

On Friday, Gallagher and Smith were once again victorious while Fitzpatrick and Kehoe stood on the podium again on Saturday for the second in the slalom.

Fifteen-year-old visually-impaired skier Neil Simpson continued a strong start to his international career with fourth and sixth place finishes in the giant slalom alongside guide Jamie Robertson.

Paralympian Chris Lloyd was 15th in Thursday’s standing giant slalom.

The Europa Cup races were great preparation ahead of the season’s first World Cup in Sella Nevea, Italy from Wednesday to Friday.

Para Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti FIN – Wednesday 12-Wednesday 19 December

The opening Para Nordic World Cup of the season continued this week in Finland with both cross country and biathlon taking place.

Scott Meenagh has been the standout competitor so far, performing impressively in cross country races. The 2018 Paralympian’s best result came in the sprint on the 16th where he won through qualification to finish 10th after semi-final elimination. He also earned 12th and 13th place finishes in the short and middle distance events earlier in the week.

Steve Arnold was 11th in Saturday’s middle distance biathlon which Meenagh was forced to miss due to an equipment problem shortly before racing. The pair have two more biathlon events to come over the next two days.

With a number of athletes racing at World Cup level for the first time it has been an important week for the British para nordic skiers with Rachel Morris, Steve Thomas, Callum Deboys, Terry Ahrens and Jonny Huntington also featuring across the cross country events.

 

Snowboarder Bankes switches from France to Britain

Posted on 21/11/18 by Rare Management

It has also been announced today that three-time Snowboard Cross World Cup winner Charlotte Bankes will now represent Great Britain. Born in Hemel Hempstead the 23-year-old has been competing for France.  She is a three-time French national champion, two-time World Junior Champion and a two-time Olympian, but has now decided to represent her home nation.

“A few years ago, and with the exception of our medal-winning Park + Pipe programme, we simply did not have the structures in place to support an athlete like Charlotte who might want to return to Great Britain and continue their elite progression. There would have been no reason for her to return home, but she can now see that it is the right time to be part of the GB Ski + Snowboard Cross Squad. Charlotte is only 23, currently ranked number four in the world, and has a great future ahead of her so we can’t be more pleased she’s decided to be part of GB Snowsport.  It will also mean that other young snowboarders will benefit from training alongside a truly elite athlete.” said Vicky Gosling.

Charlotte’s move to GB Snowsport was approved earlier this week by FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) and she will represent Great Britain for the first time next week at a Europa Cup event in Austria before competing on the World Cup circuit and at February’s World Championships in Park City, Utah.

“As a nation, Great Britain has shown we can compete at the highest level in rowing, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, netball and many other sports.  We are now tapping into the expertise which created these success stories, and we are bringing it to snowsport. We have already made significant changes in performance personnel, including bringing in head coaches from other nations.  Our new tagline is ‘Go Beyond’ and we are doing exactly this, putting everything in place to support our athletes in every possible way, taking them to the top step of the podium,” concluded Vicky Gosling.

British Ski and Snowboard becomes Snowsport GB

Posted on 21/11/18 by Rare Management

Today, British Ski and Snowboard is changing its name to GB Snowsport. The new identity brings together every discipline, including Parasnowsport, as one team with one goal, to make Great Britain into a top 5 snowsport nation by 2030.

Announcing the new brand, logo and reaffirming the 2030 vision, GB Snowsport CEO Vicky Gosling OBE, commented: “Most people are now aware that we have talented individuals competing and winning across all the major snowsport disciplines. Great Britain is already a leading snowsport nation and today our new identity brings together these athletes under one brand. We have created one elite team which will provide the support, welfare, resources and coaching our athletes need and which will allow them to achieve their goals and ambitions.”

In the last eight years, British skiers and snowboarders have been on the podium in every discipline at either World Cup, World Championship or Junior World Championship level.  This year alone 85 athletes will contest 237 events and clock-up 533 days of competition at venues across the world. 

“We have the coaching staff, the athletes and the support staff and we have always had the ambition to make Great Britain a leading snowsport nation.  Our new brand provides the focus required to make this happen. As we move into the next era of success on snow, as GB Snowsport, we do this with a singular mindset and a clear objective.  As with all sports we need to work hard to secure the financial resources we need but no-one should doubt our ability to achieve our vision.” added Vicky Gosling.

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