04 September 2015

Cara Brown reigns supreme as Delancey British Alpine Ski Team produce top results in Southern Hemisphere

Delancey British Alpine Ski team racer Cara Brown has been on top form this summer, with a run of six podiums in nine days in South America. Following Jack Gower’s double podiums earlier this summer in New Zealand, Cara has surpassed expectations over a busy summer of competition, securing one 2nd place finish and five 3rd places.

Cara’s best result of the summer came earlier this week as she claimed 2nd spot in the Ladies’ Downhill in the South America Cup (SAC) in La Parva (see attached photo). With two Downhill races running on the same day, Cara finished 3rd in the first race, finishing behind World Cup racer Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia and Monica Ania Caill from Romania. Whilst Stuhec remained a force to be reckoned with in the second race, again taking top spot, Cara managed to pull out a great performance to claim 2nd position ahead of Caill and the rest of the field.

On Tuesday, Cara claimed another podium in the South American Cup series, taking 3rd in the Ladies’ Super G. This was after another 3rd place finish in the SAC Giant Slalom in El Colorado, where teammate Ella Still took 9th place. Cara also finished 7th in the La Parva Slalom.

Cara said of her results: “I'm really happy with my skiing over the last few weeks. Things didn't go quite to plan to begin with in the first GS races, as I wasn't skiing as fast as I hoped. Despite the two Slalom races being the only races I didn't podium in I scored personal best results and I was surprised by my skiing! I enjoyed Downhill the most. I had so much fun and felt I made some small improvements in my skiing. The last Super G was so bumpy and I thought the result would have been much worse but I had a pleasant surprise in the finish! I'm staying on in Chile for another two weeks to compete in more speed races. The last races have already been great preparation for the upcoming season. It's been great to race alongside World Cup racer Ilka Stuhec too, it gave me someone to try and catch!”

Earlier in the summer, Brown and Still were also in action in the first set of South American Cup and National Championships races in Valle Nevado, Chile. Cara took another two podiums in Valle Nevado, finishing 3rd in both the Ladies’ National Champs GS and the South American Cup Super G. She also took 7th in the National Champs Slalom. Ella Still from the Delancey British U21 Squad, finished 15th in the National Champs GS and 10th in the Slalom.

For the men competing in South America, Nick Moynihan took his best result of the summer races so far, finishing 4th in the National Champs Slalom in Valle Nevado after his 14th place finish in the Men’s GS. Charlie Raposo finished in 11th and Billy Major in 20th in an extensive field of racers. Team mate Paul Henderson’s best result was 16th in the National Champs Slalom. Last week in El Colorado, Nick Moynihan took 9th in the South American Cup GS, with Billy Major finishing 14th.

Earlier this summer in Perisher, Australia, Honor Clissold achieved a top result with a 3rd place in the Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) GS. In the same race Abbie Macey took 10th. In the second ANC GS of the series , Clissold took 4th spot with Megan Jenkins close behind in 9th. Abbie Macey also had a great result in the ANC Slalom, also in Perisher, taking 4th place finish and making a 54 point result. In the second ANC Slalom she then took 6th spot, with Clissold in 9th.

In the men’s Continental Cup series in Perisher, Delancey British Alpine Ski Champion Max Baggio took 16th place in the ANC GS and 19th in the Slalom.

Most of the Delancey British Squad athletes will now return to the UK for training and preparation for the upcoming winter season, with many based across Europe for 2015-16. For some of the Squad however, the last of the summer races continue with Charlie Guest competing in Treble Cone, New Zealand, 4th-5th September. Cara Brown, Nick Moynihan, Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Jack Gower and Roy Steudle will finish the South American Cup series over the next couple of weeks.

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