01 February 2016

Fourth Place for Woodsy in X Games, Muzzy and Young make impact at Norwegian Championships and impressive Europa Cup results across disciplines

GB Park and Pipe

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods put in a stellar performance in the Ski Slopestyle last night at the X Games, despite tricky conditions with a lot of fresh snow on the course. With his best score of 83 on run two and an overall performance coach Pat Sharples said he was ‘super stoked with’, Woodsy was so close to a podium, just getting nudged into 4th in a contest won by New Zealand skier Jossi Wells. He said afterwards: “I can't explain how much another 4th place at the X Games really, really stings especially due to speed issues, but I have to say how truly happy and proud I am of my good friend Jossi Wells. It is wonderful to be here and it's always a pleasure to be considered among the best in the world. I'm truly grateful and I am definitely not giving up!”

On Friday Katie Ormerod also had some tricky conditions to contend with after an inch of fresh snow fell the night before. In the women’s Snowboard Slopestyle final she finished 6th overall in her first X Games, getting a solid run down at her first attempt. The contest was won by Canadian rider Spencer O’Brien.

The Rev Tour moved over to Mammoth last week. For GB Park and Pipe, Rowan Cheshire put in a great performance in Ski Halfpipe, narrowly missing out on the finals after finishing in 7th place. In the Ski Slopestyle finals, Tyler Harding, who is returning from injury, had a huge result against a strong field, making the finals and finishing in 8th place overall. In the Men’s Halfpipe competition it was a similar story with Pete Speight finishing 13th and Murray Buchan in 15th. 

The team over in the US now head on to the Park City Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup with ski qualifiers taking place on 3rd February with finals on 5th. From the GB Park and Pipe Team we will see Pete Speight, Murray Buchan and James Machon in the men’s and Rowan Cheshire representing in the Ladies’. In Snowboard, following his 18th last week in his first World Cup back from injury, Ben Kilner will be competing on 4th February in qualifiers hoping to make finals on 6th.

British Nordic Team

Both Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave put in some great performances in the Cross Country Norwegian Championships this weekend. Musgrave claimed 4th place in Saturday’s 15km Skiathlon, this was after 7th place in the 15k Classic at the end of last week. He also made it through to the quarterfinals of the 1.5km Freestyle race. 

Also in the 1.5km Freestyle race, Andrew Young made it through to the semifinals, eventually finishing in an impressive 12th position.

British Nordic Team athletes Duncan Gibb, Fi Hughes, Annika Taylor all competed in the Cross Country National Championships in Saalfelden, Austria, at the weekend. The best results came from Annika who finished in a strong 5th place in the 5km Freestyle Pursuit and 8th in the 5km Classic. Also in the 5km Classic, Fiona Hughes finished in 20th position. Duncan Gibb took 34th in the 10km Freestyle race and 35th in the 10km Classic.

Delancey British Alpine Team

Delancey British Alpine Team athlete Alex Tilley was so close to making the cut in the World Cup GS in Maribor, Slovenia on Saturday, finishing in 34th in the first run. Yesterday’s Slalom was cancelled as it was deemed the snow conditions were not up to World Cup standard. Charlie Guest was racing in the Ladies Europa Cup Slalom in Sestriere on Friday where she finished in 28th position in a field of 65.

British Snowboard Cross

Zoe Gillings-Brier took a great 6th place at the Snowboard Cross Europa Cup in Grasgehren, Germany on Saturday. She was joined by fellow GBR athletes, Paul Moralee, Kyle Wise, Neil Mclean, Martin Divers, Bradley Gaulter, Murray Koller, Ellie Soutter and Maisie Potter who all competed, gaining valuable Europa Cup experience. Yesterday’s race was cancelled due to bad weather.

British Moguls Team

Three British athletes competed in the Albiez Moguls Europa Cup in France at the end of last week. In the Ladies Moguls Makayla Gerken-Schofield took a fantastic 5th place in the Moguls on Thursday, then 7th place in the Dual Moguls the following day. There were also two 14th places for Thomas Gerken-Schofield in both Men’s competitions, with Will Feneley taking 36th and then he had a DNF in the Dual Moguls competition.

British Ski Cross

In the Ski Cross Europa Cup in Lenk, Switzerland, Emily Sarsfield made it through to the quarter finals on both Thursday and Friday, finishing in 11th place overall on both days. Emma Peters gained some vital Europa Cup experience in Lenk, taking 27th spot in both races.


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