03 March 2016

Woodsy through to finals of Silvaplana Slopestyle World Cup, strong results at the Ski Tour Canada, Sarsfield tackles Ski Cross World Cup in Arosa and Ryding back in action

GB Park and Pipe
 
Qualification for the Slopestyle World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland started today, with James ‘Woodsy’ Woods qualifying in 2nd place in the first heat and 17 year old Cal Sandieson, in his first ever World Cup, finishing in a very respectable 25th place. Due to cloud coming in and out, the female riders Katie Summerhayes, Madi Rowlands and Izzy Atkin will all have to wait until tomorrow to tackle qualification after it was postponed for today.
 
At the Burton US Open, tricky snow and weather conditions meant qualifications were cancelled yesterday, so GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod will go straight through to a 16-girl final taking place on Friday. The action starts at 18.00 GMT and can be viewed on the following link: http://events.burton.com/burton-us-open/
 
British Nordic Team
 
This week saw the start of the Cross Country World Cup and the ‘Ski Tour Canada 2016’ with two strong results from both Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave.
 
In the opening stage in Gatineau, Andrew Young finished in an impressive 17th place in the Sprint Freestyle finals with teammate Musgrave finishing 44th .  Young’s result was nearly matched by Musgrave in Montreal who took 18th place yesterday in the 17.5km Classic Mass Start event, with Young finishing 49th. Annika Taylor finished 54th in the Ladies Sprint finals in Gatineau and 49th in the 10.5km Classic Mass Start in Montreal.
 
Action continues tomorrow in Quebec City with another Sprint event, followed by the Freestyle Pursuit events on Saturday.
 
British Ski Cross
 
Despite heavy snow, Emily Sarsfield is hoping that finals run as planned tomorrow in Arosa, Switzerland, which plays host to the next Ski Cross World Cup. After training was cancelled today, action is due to begin tomorrow at 09:45 CET, weather dependent.
 
Delancey British Alpine Ski Team
 
Dave Ryding is back in action this weekend at the Slalom World Cup in Kransjka Gora, Slovenia. He will be aiming to put in a good result ahead of the World Cup Finals in St Moritz later this month. The Slalom takes place on Sunday, with the first run at 09:30 CET.
 
At the World Junior Alpine Championships in Sochi, Russia, Billy Major has unfortunately had three DNFs in the Alpine Combined, Super G and GS this week. He still has time to notch up a result, however, as he tackles the Slalom tomorrow alongside teammate Charlie Raposo. Raposo unfortunately also DNF today in the GS.
 
Alex Tilley is currently competing in Nozawa Onsen, Japan at the Far East Cup were she finished an impressive 2nd in the Ladies GS today.
 
British Speed Skiing
 
The Speed Skiing World Cup starts this week in Sun Peaks, Canada with Jan Farrell firmly setting his sights on a podium in the unlimited S1 category. There is set to be two races: one tomorrow and one on Saturday. Farrell was the only ski racer to pass the 200kph barrier last season.

 

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