GB Park and Pipe
GB Park and Pipe skier Isabel Atkin made history on Friday in Silvaplana, Switzerland, becoming Great Britain’s first ever female Ski Slopestyle World Cup winner. After qualifying through to finals in fourth place, Atkin put in a storming first run to take the win. She said after the final:
“I am absolutely stoked with how I skied today. The weather was perfect and the course was amazing. I couldn’t be happier! I want to say a huge thanks to all the coaches, support staff, GB Park and Pipe and British Ski and Snowboard.”
The halfpipe skiers were in action at the Ski Halfpipe World Cup in Tignes, France. After battling snowy conditions, Rowan Cheshire had the best result, putting down an impressive run to claim 10th position. Molly Summerhayes finished in 21st position. For the men, Murray Buchan was 19th and Pete Speight in 26th position.
The GB Park and Pipe snowboarders are in action at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships in Sierra Nevada this week (see below) and James ‘Woodsy’ Woods is in Norway for the European edition of the X Games. Woodsy’s will compete in Ski Big Air and Slopestyle, and look to challenge the world’s best, following his X Games Gold medal in the Big Air and 4th place in Slopestyle at the US X Games in Aspen. Slopestyle qualification is on Wednesday evening with finals on Thursday. Big Air qualification is Friday with finals on Saturday.
Andrew Musgrave has clocked Great Britain’s best ever Nordic World Ski Championship result in Lahti, Finland, finishing fourth in the 50km Free Mass start yesterday. Beating all the Norwegian and Swedish athletes, Musgrave put in a thrilling performance to take fourth place and was just metres off a podium finish. He said after the race:
“I am pretty happy, it was a good race, but at the same time I am a little bit disappointed that I didn’t have a stronger finish and get onto the podium. I have got stronger in every race I have done and I have never done so well in a 50km so it is awesome. I have a lot of confidence going into the next World Cup and hopefully I can pull out a few more good races.”
This followed Musgrave’s 12th place in the 15km Classic on Wednesday and 11th place finish in the Skiathlon. Musgrave’s team mate Callum Smith finished in 53rd place in the 50km. In the Ladies 30km Free Mass start, Annika Taylor finished in 38th place in the final event of her World Championships.
Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships
This week sees the action start at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
First up for British Ski and Snowboard is the Moguls on Wednesday with Makayla Gerken-Schofield and Leonie Gerken-Schofield in action, then on Thursday Lloyd Wallace will compete in Aerials qualification, with finals on Saturday.
Qualification in the Snowboard Slopestyle also begins on Thursday, with finals on Saturday. In action for GB Park Pipe will be Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick.
The GB Park and Pipe skiers and Ski and Snowboard Cross athletes are in action next week.
Action from the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships can be seen on the BBC red button and website as well as on Eurosport.
Delancey British Alpine Team
Dave Ryding didn’t have the finish he was looking for at the Slalom World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia yesterday. After looking strong out of the start, he unfortunately skied out to clock a DNF, his first of the World Cup season. Ryding’s team mate Laurie Taylor made his World Cup debut in the same race, finishing a solid 55th place on run one, but not making the cut for the second run.
Lloyd Wallace finished 23rd at the Aerials World Cup in Moscow, unfortunately not making it through to the finals. He will now move over to Spain for the Freestyle World Championships (see above).
British Snowboard Cross
Zoe Gillings-Brier was in action this weekend at the Snowboard Cross World Cup in La Molina, Spain. She finished 21st in the qualification round, just missing out on finals. She will now join Maisie Potter at the Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada with qualification beginning next week.
Jasper Taylor had a storming race at the World Junior Championships in Rjukan in Norway at the weekend, claiming a spot on the podium for Great Britain as he took second place in the Parallel Sprint. The other World Junior Championships results were:
Naila Cardwell: 14th (Classic), 13th (Sprint), 9th (Parallel Sprint)
Jasper Taylor: 29th (CL), 15th (SP), 2nd (PS)
Sion Bingham: 26th (CL), 23rd (SP), 17th (PS)
Alec Dixon: 27th (CL), 28th (SP), 17th (PS)
Colin Dixon: 30th (CL), 25th (SP), 17th (PS)
In the World Cup Parallel Sprint on Friday Jasmin Taylor claimed another great result, finishing in fourth place. For the men, Louis Hatchwell took 36th place with Sion Bingham in 41st and Colin Dixon in 43rd place.
British Speed Skiing
Jan Farrell is in action for Great Britain in Sun Peaks at the Speed Skiing World Cup. There are three races, with the first one Monday, followed by one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.