Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe have scored their second gold medal in the space of 24 hours as Great Britain picked up four medals on the final day of the World Para Alpine Championships in Italy today. The event came to a close just hours before the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Championships are due to begin in Park City where one of GB’s brightest stars, Charlotte Bankes, will be the first athlete on snow.

 

PARA ALPINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sella Nevea ITA – Wed 30 to Thu 31 January

It has been a whirlwind couple of days for Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe whose victory in yesterday’s downhill made them GB’s first Paralympic and World Championship gold medallists.

With heavy weather scheduled for tomorrow, the first leg of today’s super combined was scheduled to double-up as the super G World Championship, with Fitzpatrick and Kehoe beating out Australia’s Melissa Perrine (guide: Bobbi Kelly) to win their second title in as many days. Kelly Gallagher (guide: Gary Smith) picked up her second medal of the Championships in finishing third.

A few hours later, and with the super G times carried through to the slalom leg, Perrine was able to overhaul Fitzpatrick’s time advantage to claim the gold in the super combined. Fitzpatrick and Kehoe earned their fifth medal of the championships with silver and Gallagher and Smith picked up bronze, their third medal in 24 hours.

In the men’s standing category, James Whitley recorded his best result at this level with fifth in the super combined. The 21-year-old was tenth in the super G, then sent down the third-fastest slalom run to move five places up the leaderboard to finish just 2.09sec off the podium.

Great Britain finished the World Championships with two gold, three silver and three bronze to sit in sixth place on the medal table.

 

FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Park City USA – Thu 31 January to Sun 10 February

Note: BBC is screening the World Championships on the Red Button and other digital channels. See the viewing schedule here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/46831231. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.

The World Championships for freestyle skiing and snowboard kick off in Utah later today where Charlotte Bankes will take part in snowboard cross qualifying, attempting to win through to tomorrow’s finals.

A two-time Olympian and three-time World Cup winner for France, Bankes has already stood on the World Cup podium this season and won three Europa Cups since switching to Great Britain in November.

Qualifying is scheduled for 7:20pm GMT this evening with live timing at https://fis.live-scoring.net/7611. Tomorrow’s finals are scheduled to begin at 6pm GMT and will be screened live on BBC.

Tomorrow also sees PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield and Emma Peters lining up for qualifying in the ladies’ ski cross while Junior World Champion Ollie Davies is in action for the men’s. Qualifying is scheduled to commence at 9:30pm GMT on Friday with all athletes hoping to win through to Saturday’s knockout stages which start at 8pm GMT and will be screened on BBC.

Qualifying and finals of the ski big air competition will both take place on Saturday (US time) with GB’s two medallists from the 2017 World Championships both lining up. Izzy Atkin and James Woods both won slopestyle bronze in Sierra Nevada and with the discipline accepted into the Olympic programme in 2022, ski big air is featuring the World Championships for the first time. Chris McCormick, who is having his best World Cup season, will line up alongside Woods in the men’s event.

Qualifying begins at 4:40pm GMT with the finals – which will be screened on BBC (see above link) – beginning on Sunday at 2am GMT.

 

TELEMARK WORLD CUP: Pra Loup FRA – Tue 29 to Thu 31 January

After two medals in two days, Jasmin Taylor was unable to reproduce a podium-performance in today’s parallel sprint in Pra Loup.

After winning through her first round, Taylor crashed out in her quarter-final, settling for a share of fifth place. Louis Hatchwell and Ben Emsley were knocked out in the first round of the men’s event, finishing in equal-17th.

The next Telemark World Cup takes place in Germany on 9-10 February before the World and Junior World Championships in Slovenia on 14-18 February.

 

ALPINE WORLD CUPS: Schladming AUT – Tue 29 January; Maribor SLO – Fri 1 to Sat 2 February; Garmisch-Partenkirchen GER – Sun 3 February

Dave Ryding scored his fourth top 10 of the season at ‘The Nightrace’ in Schladming on Tuesday. The 32-year-old finished in ninth place in the final World Cup slalom before February’s World Championships in Sweden.

Laurie Taylor was  37th on the first run, 0.77sec outside the top 30. He will compete at next week’s Europa Cup slalom in Switzerland ahead of the World Championships.

Alex Tilley will compete in the ladies’ giant slalom and slalom World Cup in Slovenia starting tomorrow. The PyeongChang Olympian scored one of her best career results at Kronplatz two weeks ago with a top 20 giant slalom performance at the World Cup.

And on Sunday, Charlie Raposo will be in Germany for the giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen as he continues strive towards a World Cup top 30.

The alpine World Cups in Slovenia and Germany will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player. (Friday: ladies’ giant slalom 1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 11:45am; Saturday ladies’ slalom 1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 12pm; Sunday’s: men’s giant slalom 1st run 9:15am, 2nd run 12:15pm.)

 

NORWEGIAN CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Meraaker NOR – Thu 31 January to Sat 2 February

GB Cross Country is continuing its preparations for next month’s World Championships at the Norwegian National Championships in Meraaker.

In today’s classic races, Andrew Musgrave finished ninth in the men’s 15km, while in the ladies’ 10km Annika Taylor was 20th and Nichole Bathe 26th.

The trio will take place in tomorrow’s sprint skate and Saturday’s skiathlon, with Andrew Young also joining Musgrave in Friday’s sprint.

Live timing is available at https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/cross-country/live.html. Tomorrow’s qualifying begins at 10:30am GMT with finals from 1pm; Saturday’s skiathlon races are at 9:15am (ladies) and 12pm (men’s).

 

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