Mia Brookes styles the rail on her way to another BRITS win (Motion Stoppers)
05 April 2019

McCormick sends doubles as Brookes doubles up

With Wednesday a write off due to heavy snow, and much more falling through the night, BRITS competitors tentatively made their way through the clouds to the Crap Sogn Gion. For the majority of the lift’s climb it looked as if competition may be futile yet again, but as the gondola arrived at the Galaaxy top station, the clouds cleared revealing the most stunning inversion most had ever seen.

And it wasn’t only the weather had been overhauled overnight; the park shapers had managed the gargantuan task of clearing the thousands of tonnes of snow that laid across the park, and the best slopestyle course in the world was running perfectly.

A rail section, a side-hitable roller and two kickers tested the riders’ slopestyle skills and, in a first for BRITS competition, skiers and snowboarders rode together, giving the contest an incredible sense of community. Throwing down and taking the spoils were big air champ Mia Brookes, and GB Park+Pipe star Matt McCormick.

McCormick, who narrowly missed out on the big air title two days ago, came out swinging from the off and was clearly motivated go one better. His first run was the best run of qualifying and saw him cruise through to finals as the number one seed. He then stepped up the difficulty to lock down a huge score in the last run of the day, a backside double cork, 1080 mute to cork, to 720 truckdriver in the kickers was head and shoulders above the competition. The rest of the men’s podium was a family feud, as brothers Harry and George Waite battled it out. Seniority appeared to prevail as the older brother Harry took the silver ahead of George in third.

McCormick, obviously enjoying his success today said at prizegiving: “The weather was on our side today which was really rad. The course was amazing, Laax did an incredible job preparing all the snow, and it was an epic day!”

In the women’s contest Mia Brookes continued her dominance. In all disciplines, her short stature and tender age has had no bearing on her performance.

Speed, style and amplitude has been in abundance all week, and today was the icing on the cake. Switch backside boardslide 270, cab 360, cab 540, backside 720 was Mia’s final run, and no one could get close when she landed it cleanly.

Settling for silver was last year’s champion Cerys Allen. She attacked the biggest kicker on the mountain, but wasn’t able to complete a run as technical or clean as Brookes. Surprised to hear her name called, and obviously ecstatic to score her first overall podium spot, 14-year-old Amy Casswell took bronze.

Mia, taking her success in her stride, went off to play at the park with her friends before she could give a quote. But we’re fairly sure it would have featured a mention of Lego...

LEFT Mia Brookes wins her second title of the week from Cerys Allen (2nd, left) and Amy Cresswell (3rd, right); RIGHT GB Park+Pipe's Matt McCormick was dominant in his victory over the Waite brothers George (2nd, left) and Harry (3rd, right) .


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