Ollie Davies in Saas-Fee after capturing second place in Thursday's FIS Ski Cross race.

03 November 2017

New Ski Cross Programme bears instant results

The recruitment of head coach Guillaume Nantermod to the British Ski and Snowboard Cross programme earlier this year has brought with it early-season success after four top-five results in the space of two days in Switzerland.

At FIS races in Saas-Fee on Thursday, Ollie Davies took to the podium in his first event of the season with second place, and backed that up with third in today’s event. The British ladies also fared well; Alannah Lawrie finished fifth on day one, while in today’s event Emma Peters qualified for the final but missed out on the podium after coming in fourth.

Davies’ results were all the more impressive given he only transitioned from Alpine to Ski Cross last season, however a top 20 finish at the World Junior Championships showed glimpses of what may come.

That potential is starting to be realised with this week’s results, particularly given the quality of the opposition in Saas-Fee.

“It’s been very, very good for Ollie, up again so many really good competitors,” said Nantermod. “There were maybe 12-15 World Cup racers here, even World Cup winners, and Ollie was as good as them all.

“Everyone’s coming up to me asking ‘who’s that’!”

Nantermod believes there is still room for improvement with Davies, particularly in qualifying, but has no doubts that bigger things are still to come, with the 20-year-old expected to start racing World Cup events as early as January.

“He still needs experience but I’m really happy with Ollie and have good hope for him this year.”

The Ski and Snowboard Cross Programme will enter a final camp later this month before FIS races in Pitztal at the end of November. The FIS Ski and Snowboard Cross World Cups kick off in France early December.

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