Izzy and Woodsy both made the final in Stubai

Adverse conditions expected in Stubai over the weekend forced the ski slopestyle World Cup to be brought forward with a trio of Brits performing strongly, while two alpine skiers will be in World Cup action in Canada and the USA in the coming days. There’s also cross country in Norway and ski and snowboard cross in Austria including the first appearance in GB colours for Charlotte Bankes.

FIS Freeski World Cup, Stubai AUT – Thu 22-Fri 23 November

This weekend’s Stubai World Cup was rescheduled due to a weather forecast which would have threatened the ski slopestyle competition, and it was Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin who led the way for the GB Park+Pipe squad.

In qualifiers yesterday, Atkin and James Woods both qualified for the finals, however Chris McCormick recorded a career-best result by finishing seventh in his heat to miss the finals by just one place and claim 26th place overall.

In today’s finals, Atkin brought it home on the second run to claim fifth place with the podium filled 16-year-old Kelly Sildaru (EST), Olympic silver medallist Mathilde Gremaud (SUI) and Olympic gold medallist Sarah Hoefflin (SUI). Atkin’s result reinforced her standing as one of the world’s leading slopestyle skiers having finished in the top five in four of her last five World Cup starts, and in 13 of her last 14 she has been in the top 10.

‘Woodsy’ finished 16th in today’s men’s final which was won by Swede Henrik Harlaut, with Mac Forehand (USA) and Ferdinand Dahl (NOR) completing the top three.

The Freeski World Cup stops next at Copper Mountain, USA in early December for the first halfpipe competition of the season while the next slopestyle World Cup is not until January.


Cross Country Norwegian Cup, Gaalaa NOR – Fri 23-Sun 25 November

The Cross Country World Cup kicks off this weekend in Ruka, Finland this weekend, however the GB team has stayed in Norway to compete in the Norwegian Cup in Gaalaa as preparation for next week’s World Cup in Lillehammer.

In today’s free skate race, Annika Taylor put in a strong performance to finish ninth while Nichole Bathe was 15th. Andrew Musgrave flew the flag in the men’s event where he finished 20th.

Andrew Young and James Clugnet will open their weekend with the sprint tomorrow before the classic races take place on Sunday.


Ski+Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Pitztal AUT – Fri 23-Thu 29 November

More than a dozen members of the GB Ski+Snowboard Cross squad are in Pitztal for Europa Cup action over the coming week, including World No.4 Charlotte Bankes who will pull on the GB snowboard cross colours for the first time.

However it was Emily Sarsfield who took the spotlight in today’s Austrian National Championship races as the only Brit to qualify for tomorrow’s knockout stage. The PyeongChang Olympian was 20th in qualifying, and while Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was the best of the British men’s contingent, he was 0.61sec outside a place in the top 32.

Following tomorrow’s national championship finals, a Europa Cup ski cross race will take place on Sunday before two snowboard cross Europa Cups on Wednesday and Thursday next week.


FIS Alpine World Cup, Lake Louise CAN & Killington USA – Sat 24-Sun 25 November

The Alpine World Cup heads to North America this week with Alex Tilley competing in Killington USA while Jack Gower heads back to Lake Louise, Canada the scene of one of the most spectacular moments of last season.

The Killington Cup consists of giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday. Olympian Tilley has finished 21st in giant slalom on her last two visits to the Vermont resort and will be hoping to make amends from her World Cup season opener in Soelden four weeks ago when a mistake in the first run cost her a place in the top 30.

Gower made his World Cup debut at Lake Louise last November in the downhill before backing up for the super G the following day. That race didn’t go quite to plan with Gower breaking four teeth and nursing a battered and bruised body following a high-speed crash. While he was unable to take the start line at the Beaver Creek World Cup which followed, he was back racing within eight days and will be targeting a better finish to his weekend at Lake Louise this year.

The FIS Alpine World Cups from Lake Louise and Killington will be broadcast live on Eurosport UK and Eurosport Player. Check https://www.eurosport.co.uk/eurosport-tv-schedule.shtml for times and channel listing.

** Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor are also expected to line up for some midweek action, entered in Europa Cup slalom races next Thursday and Friday at Levi the venue of last weekend’s World Cup.


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