Zoe Atkin with coach Jamie Matthew

GB Snowsport athletes are showing no signs of slowing down as competition nears its end, with a host of skiers and snowboarders achieving season-best results. There have been World Cup podiums in para alpine and para snowboard, and also some impressive performances in park & pipe, alpine and speed skiing.

ALPINE SKIING

  • World Cups, Spindleruv Mlyn CZE & Kranjska Gora SLO – Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March
  • Europa Cup Finals, Kranjska Gora SLO – Monday 11 March

Dave Ryding remains in eighth position on the World Cup slalom standings after finishing 12th in Slovenia on Sunday. It is the best result Ryding has achieved at Kranjska Gora and comes a week ahead of the World Cup finals in Andorra. Laurie Taylor did not finish his first run.

In Saturday’s giant slalom, Charlie Raposo finished the first run in 36th, just 0.42sec away from making the flip into the World Cup top 30 for the first time. He also raced in today’s Europa Cup finals where he was 29th.

In the Czech Republic, Alex Tilley earned her third-best result of the season with 28th in the giant slalom, while Charlie Guest was 34th in the first run of the slalom, 0.39sec away from earning a second run.

 

PARK & PIPE

  • World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 March

Zoe Atkin scored the best result of the GB Park & Pipe team at the Mammoth Mountain World Cup on the weekend. The 16-year-old skier made her World Cup debut in December at Copper Mountain where she finished 15th, but improved that result greatly on Saturday.

Atkin finished third in her heat to qualify for her first halfpipe World Cup final, going on to earn fifth place in an elite field.

Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon also qualified for the men’s halfpipe final after finishing eighth in his heat, going on to claim his second-best World Cup result with 14th. Sam Ward finished 15th in his heat.

Izzy Atkin was fourth in her ski slopestyle heat, however she did not start the final after bruising her heel.

Matt McCormick was the fourth British athlete to make the finals after placing eighth in his snowboard slopestyle heat. McCormick went on to finish in 13th, while Jamie Nicholls’ 12th place in his heat was good enough for 20th overall.

 

PARA ALPINE

  • World Cup, La Molina ESP – Monday 11 to Saturday 16 March

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe added to their impressive 2018/19 medal tally when they finished second in today’s giant slalom World Cup in Spain.

The pair held a narrow lead after the first run however were overtaken and relegated to the next step on the podium.

The pair have opportunities to make amends with two more giant slalom and two slalom races still to come this week.

The World Cup in La Molina is being streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV; check the link for start times for races on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD

  • World Cup, La Molina ESP – Monday 4 to Friday 8 March

Owen Pick showed some of his best form as he returned to World Cup action last week. After finishing on the snowboard cross podium twice in as many races, Pick also collected a pair of top five finishes in banked slalom.

Next stop on the para snowboard calendar will be the World Championships in Pyha, Finland in the last week if March.

CROSS COUNTRY

  • World Cup, Oslo NOR – Saturday 9 March

A week after earning his third top 10 result of the 2019 World Championships, Andrew Musgrave lined up for more punishment in the 50km classic at the Oslo World Cup.

The Holmenkollen Skifestival race is one of the highlights of the cross country calendar, however Musgrave was only able to finish in 39th place.

The GB Cross Country team is bypassing tomorrow’s sprint World Cup in Drammen as they prepare for this weekend’s event in Sweden.

 

SPEED SKIING

  • World Cup, Idre Fjäll SWE – Friday 8 to Saturday 9 March

Jan Farrell raced to a pair of top 10 results at the second Speed Ski World Cup of the season in Sweden.

Farrell was eighth in Saturday’s race having earned fifth place on Friday.

The next stop of the season will be at the World Championships in Vars, France on 21-24 March.

 

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