Atkin Claims First Podium Of The Season In Slopestyle World Cup Aspen

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

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.

Atkin said:

“I’m stoked to put a run down; I really liked the course and the good weather today, 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].”

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.

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).

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