01 May 2019

Future looks bright after hallmark season

Performance director Dan Hunt is confident that GB Snowsport’s 2030 vision remains on track following a record-breaking season by its athletes.

Comparing the major results from all previous Olympic and Paralympic seasons, 2018/19 proved to be an unrivalled standout with established stars and up-and-coming athletes making their mark on the world stage.

With GB Snowsport boldly aiming to become one of the world’s top five Olympic and Paralympic snowsport nations by 2030, a commitment to creating new performance programmes and reinvigorating existing ones is now delivering strong results across the organisation.

“We’re putting in a lot of hard work behind the scenes but it’s our results which are always going to speak loudest ,” said Hunt. “At the end of the day the public, the British snowsport community and UK Sport are going to judge and evaluate us based on what we’re achieving on the world stage.

“When we add it all up, what we’ve produced this season is a collection of results which is comparatively better than any which we’ve been able to deliver before.”

The 2018/19 results show that on a comparative basis, GB Snowsport athletes produced far more world class results than it did in the seasons following either the Vancouver and Sochi Games.

Looking at the results at World Championships in Olympic & Paralympic disciplines in the seasons post-Vancouver, Sochi and PyeongChang:

  • in 2011, GB achieved seven top 10s, including two podiums
  • in 2015, GB achieved 13 top 10s, including five podiums
  • in 2019, GB achieved 19 top 10s, including 12 podiums and three world titles

Those results were somewhat mirrored at World Cup level which once again delivered vastly superior results to the seasons following the 2010 and 2014 Games:

  • in 2011, GB achieved 15 top 10s, including 11 podiums and two victories
  • in 2015, GB achieved 18 top 10s, including 10 podiums and five victories
  • in 2019, GB achieved 79 top 10s, including 17 podiums and six victories

Additionally, GB Snowsport athletes claimed five Junior World Championship medals – two of which were gold – and won medals at the X-Games and European Youth Olympic Festival.

“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved this season – it’s reaffirmed to us that we’re on the way to where we want to be,” said Hunt. “For our world class athletes, it was a great season: you’ve got superstars like ‘Woodsy’ (James Woods), Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin on the podium at World Champs, Menna (Fitzpatrick) and Jen (Kehoe) won two crystal globes, then you have Owen Pick plus Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith winning World Champs medals too.

“We had results in ski cross and moguls which we’ve never had before at World Cup level to the point where we’re knocking on the door of the top 10, and then athletes like Dave Ryding, Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young are proving they’re still forces in their sports.

“Just as importantly, we are building depth within squads and across the disciplines. James Clugnet, Zoe Atkin, Matt McCormick, Charlie Guest, Charlie Raposo, Kirsty Muir, Connie Brogden, Neil Simpson and a host of other athletes had career-best results in world class fields. There are really solid signs that we can continue on is upward trajectory as we move closer to Beijing 2022, and even thinking beyond that towards 2026 and 2030.”

Over the coming weeks, gbsnowsport.com will be publishing comprehensive season wraps of every Olympic and Paralympic discipline as well as looking back at how our best telemark and speed ski athletes performed.

 

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