10 February 2017

With the countdown to PyeongChang 2018 underway, British Ski and Snowboard athletes back in action this weekend

GB Park and Pipe

This weekend the GB Park and Pipe team are in Quebec City, Canada for the Big Air and Slopestyle World Cup, also known as the Snowjamboree World Cup. Both skiers and snowboarders are competing in both disciplines, with qualification for the Ski Slopestyle and Snowboard Big Air taking place yesterday

Fresh from his historic Big Air victory at the Aspen X Games, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods shone again, qualifying 1st in his heat. With only four from each heat making it through to finals, Isabel Atkin missed out by just one place as she finished 5th in her heat. Just behind her was Katie Summerhayes in 9th. Tyler Harding finished 10th and Cal Sandieson placed 13th. Big Air qualification starts today.

The Snowboard Big Air event completes the final leg of the three stage Big Air Super Series, following previous stages in Milan and Mönchengladbach earlier this season.

Unfortunately it was a tough day in qualification for the GB Park and Pipe snowboarders on a gnarly jump. With the top six qualifying in each heat for the women, Katie Ormerod crashed in her attempt to land a cab 9, eventually finishing in 11th place. Behind her was Aimee Fuller in 14th. For the men, Rowan Coultas finished in 11th place, missing out on finals, as did Matt McCormick despite two clean back dub tens. Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls DNS the second jump. Snowboard Slopestyle qualification is today.

GB Park and Pipe skiers getting in the zone before slopestyle qualifying yesterday | Photo Credit: Alison Robb

Delancey British Alpine Team

With the Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz in full swing, the British athletes will descend on the Swiss town early next week ahead of tackling the technical events.

Before the World Championships, the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team has been in Europa Cup action with Charlie Raposo and Nick Moynihan unfortunately missing out on their second runs in the GS Europa Cup races in Jasna, Slovakia. Alex Tilley will be heading to Göstling-Hochkar, Austria for the Europa Cup Slalom races on 12th and 13th February.


British Ski and Snowboard Cross

Yesterday saw the start of the Idre Fjall Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden, with two World Cup races scheduled. Emily Sarsfield and Pam Thorburn unfortunately missed out on qualification for the first event’s final, with Emily finishing 19th, and Pam 23rd, but both will get another chance to qualify for the second World Cup competition which takes place today.

Zoe Gillings-Brier and Maisie Potter are both representing at the Snowboard Cross World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. Qualification starts today.


British Aerials Team

British Aerials Team skier Lloyd Wallace is in South Korea for the World Cup and Olympic test event at the Bokwang Phoenix Park. He competes today in the third round of Olympic Test events held in Bokwang after the success of Slopestyle and Ski Cross earlier this year.

Lloyd in training in Bokwang | Photo Credit: British Aerials Skiing


British Moguls Team

Four British athletes will tackle the Gaißau Moguls Europa Cup in Austria from 11th-12th February. Competing for Great Britain is Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken

Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Will Feneley.


Winter Universiade

Last week saw the start of the World University Games, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, seeing a team of ten British University athletes challenging. Rounding up the British athletes competitions was Alpine athlete Alex Barounos and Ski Cross’ Laurence Willows on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Barounos did not finish his second run in the Slalom and Laurence finished in the middle of the field, with a respectable 16th place. This rounds off a great few days of competing for the British athletes and the Games, and huge congratulations go to the GBR Men’s Curling Team for their Gold Medal.


Erzurum 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival

Eleven skiers and snowboarders will represent Team GB at the Erzurum 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, which runs from 12th-18th February. Ryan Brown, Angus Willis, Abigail Bruce, Alicja Krahelski and Olivia Ward will compete for Team GB in Alpine Skiing, with the Girls GS on Monday 13th; Boys GS on Tuesday; Girls night Slalom on Wednesday; Boys night Slalom on Thursday; and Team Parallel Slalom on Friday.

Maisie Hill and Ellie Soutter will compete in Snowboard Cross with qualification and finals on Wednesday 15th February.

In Cross Country, Jack Nicholls, Fergus Newman, Oliver Newman and Brodie Murray will be in action for Team GB, with the action starting with the Boys 7.5km Classic on Monday. This is followed by the Boys 10km Freestyle on Tuesday, Boys Sprint Freestyle Thursday and Mixed Relay on Friday.

Keep up to date with all results on www.teamgb.com

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