18 February 2016

Olympic Test Event in PyeongChang for GB Park & Pipe, World Cup action continues for the British Nordic Team, and Wallace takes on Aerials World Cup Final

GB Park and Pipe

The Ski Slopestyle World Cup and Olympic test event has kicked off in PyeongChang, South Korea with Katie Summerhayes flying through to the finals, qualifying in 2nd place in her heat. Katie did what she did best and smashed the top part of the rail section and then skied very solidly on the jumps giving her a score of 82.20. This performance placed her in 2nd place, behind silver X Games medalist Tiril Christiansen Sjaastad, and put her through to Saturday’s final. Izzy Atkin also put down a very solid run putting her in 7th place, just one place off the top six finalists. Another very consistent result for Izzy who is also one of the youngest girls in the competition. 

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, one of the world’s most consistent freeskiers, unfortunately didn’t make it through to the finals after some uncharacteristic mistakes. On his first run he reverted on his last jump, after going huge on a double right 12, and on the second run he made a mistake on one of the rail sections. Only the top four riders in each heat made it through to the finals.

Tyler Harding, despite being on flying form in training, unfortunately couldn’t land his runs so doesn’t progress to Saturday’s final.

Friday sees the qualifiers for the Snowboard Slopestyle finals, which take place on Sunday. Riding for GB Park and Pipe is Billy Morgan, Katie Ormerod and Aimee Fuller.

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples said of the Olympic Slopestyle test event course: “Everyone has been raving about the slopestyle course since we got here. Certainly one of the most progressive and different courses to ever be included on the world circuit with so many different options of lines for the athletes to get creative with.”

Next week Oslo will be hosting its first ever X Games, with James Woods and Billy Morgan taking part. The X Games start on Wednesday, with Billy and Woodsy in action on Friday for the heats in Snowboard and Ski Big Air


British Aerials Team

Lloyd Wallace competes in the last Aerials World Cup of the season in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday.  With the cancellation of the World Cup finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain, due to lack of snow, Saturday’s event in Minsk will be the tour final.  At last year’s event in Minsk, Lloyd made World Cup Finals for the first time, finishing 11th.  He will be aiming to match that performance.


British Nordic Team

It is busy times for the British Nordic Team with the next World Cup in Lahti, Finland this weekend and the Nordic Under 23 and World Junior Championships starting in Rasnov, Romania on Monday.

The Lahti World Cup sees Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Callum Smith competing in Saturday’s Sprint Freestyle and Sunday’s 15km Skiathlon.

In Rasnov, competing for British Nordic will be Lynne Gray, Annika Taylor, Sarah Hales, Duncan Gibb and James Clugnet. All will be looking to make their mark at the World Champs which is an important event for the younger skiers.


Delancey British Alpine Team

Delancey British Alpine Team athletes, Billy Major and Charlie Raposo, are getting ready to take on the World Alpine Junior Ski Championships in Sochi, Russia. They are in full preparation mode ahead of the event, which starts on 24th February.

Several members of the Delancey British Ski Team have been competing in the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy this week. There have been wins in the men’s FIS races for Max Baggio, Ollie Davies and Fraser Middleton. For the women, top performances have come from Ella Still, Jess Anderson and Beth Widdup


Winter Youth Olympic Games

In Lillehammer, Iain Innes put in a great performance in yesterday’s GS, finishing in 17th place. He tackles the slalom tomorrow. Yasmin Cooper unfortunately skied out on the GS yesterday, but wasn’t too disappointed after giving it her all.

Cooper said, “I took a couple of risks on the super combined day and those paid off and today they didn’t – some days you win and some days to lose and I know that I won’t progress unless I push myself so I’m proud.” She races in the slalom today.

Ski Cross athlete Isobel Brown unfortunately had to pull out in the third round of the event due to injury. Our Gold Ski Halfpipe medalist Madi Rowlands will compete in Ski Slopestyle tomorrow, with teammate Cal Sandieson who's getting his first taste of YOG experience in Ski Slopestyle. The men's competition has moved from Saturday to tomorrow due to bad weather forecast at the weekend – now running on the same day as the ladies.


British Ski Cross

Fresh from her 12th position at Idre Fjall Ski Cross World Cup, Sweden, British racer Emily Sarsfield will be next in action late next week at the World Cup and Olympic Ski Cross test event in PyeongChang. Action begins on Friday 26th February.


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