A host of British Ski and Snowboard athletes hit the World Cup circuit over the weekend and it was a podium performance from a 2014 Olympian which took centre stage.
Katie Summerhayes produced her best result in nearly four years to place second at the Ski Slopestyle World Cup in Austria, one of five World Cup events which took place across three continents.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November – Stubai AUT
Despite weather conditions delaying qualifying on Saturday, Isabel Atkin (5th) and Summerhayes (6th) performed strongly to book their places in the final while Madi Rowlands skied well into 17th place overall.
Summerhayes, whose last World Cup podium came 1408 days before in Gstaad, Switzerland sent down a fantastic second run to score 77.00, just three points adrift of winner Jennie-Lee Burmansson (SWE). Caroline Claire (USA) rounded out the podium with Atkin finishing seventh.
“It’s been a tough couple of years, but I am so happy to have come back and that my skiing feels the best it has ever felt,” said Summerhayes. “I can’t thank [Head Ski Coach] Pat [Sharples] and everyone at GB Park and Pipe enough for all the support.”
Chris McCormick (36th), Tyler Harding (43rd) and Mike Rowlands (46th) skied well in their qualification on Friday but failed to reach the final in a highly competitive field.
FIS Alpine World Cup – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November
Ladies’ Giant Slalom/Slalom at Killington USA
Men’s Downhill/Super G at Lake Louise CAN
Mixed results for the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team at the World Cup events in North America.
On Saturday, Alex Tilley produced one of her best-ever races to be in ninth after the first run of the Giant Slalom in Killington, USA. She ended up finishing 21st overall, which equalled her second-best World Cup Giant Slalom result. On Sunday, Tilley was amongst almost a quarter of the field which failed to finish their first Slalom run.
Ski Cross Europa Cup – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November – Pitztal AUT
Emily Sarsfield was the standout performer of the British Ski Cross team at the Europa Cup in Austria.
After placing 12th in Saturday’s race, Sarsfield was equally impressive on Sunday when she finished 15th.
The British Ski Cross team will now commence final preparations before a pre-Christmas flurry which will feature World Cups in four countries between 7 and 22 December for the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Cross Alps Tour