26 January 2019

Connie Brogden wins Junior World Championship

Connie Brogden has announced herself as a star of the future after becoming the ski halfpipe Junior World Champion in Switzerland today.

Having finished tenth at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand, Brogden was hopeful of improving on that result against a field which was predominantly ranked inside the world’s top 50.

The 17-year-old started in the best way possible, scoring 87.8 on her first run to take the lead and force the rest of the skiers to play catch up.

Brogden’s most dangerous competitor was Iaroslavna Muntian – who already has a World Cup top 10 finish to her credit – however the Russian could only manage 82.3 on her best run which left her with the silver medal.

New Zealand’s Ruby Andrews, who finished third in slopestyle on home snow at the 2018 Junior World Championships, claimed another bronze medal with a score of 71.5.

“I had a lot of fun competing here in Switzerland,” said Brogden. “It’s been a great trip.

“I’m was happy to put down one of my best runs, and it all worked out.”

Brogden has become the second British skier to win the halfpipe Junior World Championship following Molly Summerhayes’ victory in 2015. Summerhayes’ 2018 Olympic teammate Rowan Cheshire claimed a bronze medal in the event in 2013.

 

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