GB Park and Pipe
This weekend saw GB Park and Pipe battle against the elements at the season opening Slopestyle World Cups. In Font Romeu, poor weather schedules brought the Men’s Ski Qualification forwards with James ‘Woodsy’ Woods qualifying in a comfortable 6th place after both qualification heats and through to finals. Cal Sandieson placed 32nd in his second World Cup with team mate Tyler Harding finishing in 69th after two difficult runs. It was then down to the girls to take on the elements with Katie Summerhayes, Izzy Atkin and Madi Rowlands all making the top 8 and progressing through to the finals against a world-class field. With no improvement in conditions, finals were cancelled, using qualification results for the final standings with Woodsy 6th, Katie 5th, Izzy 6th and Madi 8th, an incredible start to the Ski Slopestyle season.
Over in Kreischberg, the Park and Pipe snowboarders were tackling similar problems with poor visibility during qualifications. Unfortunately, Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod were unable to battle the weather, finishing in 17th and 20th place respectively. In the Men’s qualification, with conditions significantly improved, Jamie Nicholls scored an impressive 93.00 putting him straight through to the final. A tweaked knee in training unfortunately did not see Jamie feature in the 10-man final placing him 10th overall. Teammate Billy Morgan landed a perfect front dub 10, back dub 10, cab triple underflip which put him 6th in his heat, just missing out on progressing to finals. Morgan finished just behind Nicholls in 11th position. Matt McCormick and Rowan Coultas did not progress past qualification with Matt finishing in a credible 23rd place with Rowan in 42nd. The team is now in Laax for the next instalment of the Slopestyle World Cup series with Ladies’ and Men’s qualification due to take place today.
Delancey British Alpine Team
Delancey British Alpine Team athlete Dave Ryding continued his form, with a 12th position in the Wengen Slalom, Ryding’s fifth top 15 finish this season. Ryding will next head to Kitzbuehel with the Slalom taking place this Sunday. The first run will be shown live on Eurosport 2 at 09.30 with highlights at 16.45 on Sunday.
This week sees Alex Tilley, Billy Major and Laurie Taylor all feature in the Far Eastern Cup races in Yongpyong, Korea. Racing began yesterday, but unfortunately all DNF first run. Racing will continue today with the Men’s and Ladies’ Giant Slalom. Also this week, Charlie Raposo and Nick Moynihan will race the Val d’Isere Europa Cup Giant Slalom, with the first race on Thursday. Charlie Guest will race in the Melchsee Europa Cup with two Slaloms across Thursday and Friday.
This weekend Andrew Young placed an impressive 16th place in the Men’s Sprint Freestyle Final at the Toblach World Cup. Up next this week is the Ulricehamn World Cup, which will feature Andrew Musgrave in the 15km Freestyle.
British Aerial skier Lloyd Wallace finished in 16th place in his latest World Cup in Lake Placid, USA. Lloyd said, ‘It was good to get a solid result as this is an Olympic qualifying event. I can feel I’m making progress. I’ve now got a week of training before Deer Valley on 4th Feb’.
British Ski and Snowboard Cross
In the first Ski Cross World Cup of the season featuring three British Athletes, Emily Sarsfield, Liz Stevenson and Pam Thorburn encountered a straight to finals format following the cancellation of qualifying races due to poor weather. In the first of two World Cup races Emily and Liz finished 20th and 23rd respectively with Pam DNF. Sarsfield and Stevenson went one better the following day finishing in 19th and 22nd with Pam posting a 23rd place finish. All will now feature in the Solitude World Cup with racing beginning on Friday. They will be joined by British Snowboard Cross athletes Zoe Gillings-Brier and Maisie Potter, with snowboard cross qualification due to begin on Thursday. Check out Maisie’s recent edit of their training ahead of the World Cup this week.
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