The 2018/19 campaign may be entering its final few weeks but there is still plenty happening with GB athletes competing at World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Cups and Europa Cups over the coming days. The late-season competitions see a return to action for Katie Ormerod and Madi Rowlands while ‘Woodsy’ is back at it for the first time since being crowned World Champion.

PARA SNOWBOARD

  • World Championships, Pyha FIN – Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 March

Saturday’s para snowboard cross competition in Finland marks the final World Championships medals to be decided in 2019 and Owen Pick will be hunting more silverware after a successful start to the week.

Pick already has a medal to his name having picked up silver in banked slalom on Wednesday, matching his result from 2017.

The 27-year-old finished eighth in snowboard cross at the 2015 World Championships before finishing sixth in 2017, and will be hoping for another improvement this year.

 

PARK & PIPE

  • World Cup, Silvaplana SUI – Friday 29 to Saturday 30 March
  • Europa Cups, Livigno ITA – Monday 25 to Friday 29 March

The GB Park & Pipe squad has a home away from home in Livigno where its big air bag training facility is located and the squad has produced some amazing results there this week.

Fourteen-year-old Kirsty Muir contested her first-ever ski slopestyle Europa Cup on Monday and after qualifying in first place, she was the beneficiary of poor weather cancelling the finals as she finished on top of the podium. Harris Booth was the best-placed Brit in the men’s competition, finishing fourth.

The following day Muir again performed strongly to record second place, a position matched by Mason Ferebee in the men’s event.

On Thursday, Katie Ormerod competed in her first competition since December 2017 and came away with silver in the snowboard slopestyle Europa Cup. Matt McCormick was third in the men’s event, his third Europa Cup podium since January. A second event will take place tomorrow which will also feature Harry Waite, Billy Cockrell and Raymond Prentice.

Tomorrow marks qualification day at the final ski slopestyle World Cup of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland.

World Champion James ‘Woodsy’ Woods will be joined in the men’s event by Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Felix Klein, while Madi Rowlands returns to action in the ladies’ event. Like Ormerod, it will be Rowlands first event in more than 15 months.

The World Cup ski slopestyle finals from Silvaplana can be viewed on the Eurosport Player from Saturday 11:50pm GMT.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

  • World Junior Championships, Reiteralm AUT – Thursday 28 to Friday 29 March

Zoe Winthrop was the best-placed British competitor at today’s ski cross World Junior Championships in Austria.

Winthrop and 2018 bronze medallist Elliane Hall qualified through to the knockout stages after finishing in the top 16, however Hall suffered an arm injury in her quarter-final. Winthrop finished second in her quarter-final to earn a place in the final eight but finished fourth in the semi-final before placing second in the small final.

None of the GB men were able to qualify into the last 32 with Mathi Avent the best-placed in 46th.

The snowboard cross World Junior Championship takes place tomorrow featuring Hannah Hall (younger sister of Elliane) and 2018 BRITS champion Huw Nightingale.

 

OTHER EVENTS

  • Cross Country: Following the completion of the final World Cup of the season on Sunday, GB Cross Country are back in action this week in Norway. Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young will compete in Friday’s 10km free skate and Saturday’s 50km classic, while Nichole Bathe and Annika Taylor will be in Friday’s 5km free skate and Saturday’s 30km classic.
  • Alpine: The 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships kick off on Sunday in Tignes and continue through to Friday. The National Junior Championships will run through to the following weekend alongside the GB Para Alpine Championship races. The following week will feature the children’s races from U10s through to U16s.
  • Park & Pipe: The BRITS 2019 start in Laax, Switzerland on Tuesday and continue through to next Friday. All Olympic freestyle and snowboard disciplines will be contested (big air, slopestyle, halfpipe, ski/snowboard cross) in open and age categories. 
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