Today the stars of British skiing showed the crowds what they can do on the sunny slopes of Tignes, as Charlie Raposo defended his title of British National Men’s GS Champion, and Charlie Guest defended her title of British National Ladies Slalom Champion.
Charlie Guest showed that she is still the one to beat in Slalom by claiming the crown of Delancey British Ladies National Slalom Champion for the second year running, clocking a time of 1.22.55. With closest rival Alex Tilley skiing out on her second run, none of the other British competitors could get close to Guest. Taking second place in the NC Ladies’ Slalom was Ella Still (1.28.27), who was lying in third place after run one, but managed to climb above Nicole Ritchie (1.28.76) in the second run to take second, with Ritchie being pushed down into third.
The fastest Under 18 award went to Abi Bruce (1.31.19), who continued her successful Championships run to claim the ‘Schools Abroad Trophy’, and fastest non-British team skier was Marion Legeais who clocked a time of 1.38.32 to win the Ladies Ski Club Challenge Cup.
Charlie Guest said after her win: “I’m super happy to have won, I came here on the back of two months of injury so I promised myself that as long as I came in and I skied to my ability, I’d take whatever came, so I’m absolutely delighted. I’m thrilled to have come back and achieved my first first place this season. When you turn up at the British Championships, the only thing you want to do is to walk away with the title, especially after winning it last year. I came in to try and defend my title and so it’s a great feeling to be able to do that.”
There was some exciting skiing from some of the top British men in the Delancey British Men’s National Championships GS. With the top three being split by fractions of a second, it was Charlie Raposo who put down two solid runs to claim the British title, finishing in a combined time of 1.57.12. Just behind Raposo there was a tussle between teammates Billy Major and Laurie Taylor, with Major just nudging his training partner out in a time of 1.57.82 to take second, with Taylor finishing in a time of 1.57.89 and claiming third.
Scott Buchan (2.05.33) continued his fine form in the Championships, winning the Gordon Skiers Cup as fastest Under 18 British athlete. Gregory Saunders (2.04.90) was the fastest non-British team skier, winning the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy.
Charlie Raposo said after his win: “I’m pleased, it’s nice to defend the title. I wanted to win the overall race, but I didn’t do that, so I wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted to be. That happens sometimes though, and either way, I’m happy with my skiing in the second run. It’s really nice to start here in Tignes with a win. Unfortunately, I’m only competing in two more races, but it’s nice to take a title.”
Full results from today are on the British Ski and Snowboard website:
Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships – Ladies National Championships Slalom & Men’s National Championships GS: http://teambss.org.uk/sites/default/files/NC%20Ladies%27%20Slalom%20%26%...
Tomorrow is the Delancey Ladies’ British GS Championships and the Men’s British Slalom Championships.
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