2019 Howden Giant Slalom champion Charlie Raposo (Vanessa Fry Photography)

Day three of the 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships said goodbye to speed and hello to the technical events with the Howden-sponsored men’s giant slalom and ladies’ slalom. The most competitive races of the Championships gave the crowds a fantastic show in conditions which challenged even the most accomplished skiers in the country.

Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

Charlie Raposo claimed the Howden men’s giant slalom title for the fourth time in five years, charging to the lead to win the most competitive race of this year’s national championships.

Defending champion Laurie Taylor took a lead of 0.25sec after the first run, however with 2013 winner Jack Gower also within half a second, it would be a battle going into second run.

Super G champion Iain Innes (1:49.27) was the first to put down a marker, setting a second run time that would ultimately be the fastest of any British skier. With the benchmark set, Gower (1:49.05) then took the lead and was in a position to add another title to Sunday’s snowboard crown.

Raposo (1:49.00) then cut down Gower to take the lead by just 0.05sec, leaving Taylor with everything to play for as the last Brit down the piste. However the 2018 Olympian made a costly mistake which not only saw his title defence slip away, but a spot on the podium went begging with Innes’ second run charge earning him his third national championship podium in as many days.

After the race Raposo said it was good to back up his number one ranking with a win having cruelled his chances last year midway through the course.

“It’s a battle – I’m not going to lie,” he said. “Naturally I want to win and probably should win so it is a little bit stressful and I only just got it.

“I was pretty geed up – I had a big mistake in the first run just off the road and had a flashback to last year, missing that gate and I just made it this year.

“Second run I charged – I’m happy with the skiing. What’s really nice for me is that this event is now the ‘Howden Giant Slalom’, and Howden are a personal sponsor of mine so it’s a nice win to take.”

Following the race Raposo paid tribute to close friend and teammate Nick Moynihan who today announced his retirement from competitive alpine skiing having been a member of the British team for a number of years.

“Winning is great, but the big highlight for me today is seeing off one of my best mates who stopped racing today,” said Raposo. “I’ve spent a lot of time with Nick. You become teammates with a lot of people but there’s not many people on the tour you become really, really close with.

“Nick and I spend lots of time with one another off the hill back in London, so it’s sad, but I’m really excited for him to go on to other things.

“At the end of the day we all do what we do for happiness and one of the happiest bits of ski racing is enjoying the environment and the people you deal with. But we’ll give him a great little send off today!”

Also stepping onto the giant slalom podium were Euan Kick (1:53.42) who won the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy for the leading non-team skier while Owen Vinter (1:51.05) claimed the Gordon Skiers Cup as he picked up his third under-18 national championship title of the week.

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championships

With Alex Tilley concentrating on Friday’s giant slalom and Charlie Guest missing this year’s Championships after a heavy crash in training late last month, the one thing for certain in today’s Howden Ladies’ Slalom was that a new name would be inscribed on the Evie Pinching Salver.

Who that would be was anyone’s guess after the first run with Jess Anderson setting the pace early, only for 16-year-old Daisi Daniels to clock an identical time as she continued her form from the speed races.

With a chance to win her first national slalom championship, Anderson (1:34.59) charged to set the fastest second run time. Daniels (1:35.00) was the final British racer to send it in run two but couldn’t overhaul Anderson and had to settle for second place, but she also picked up the Schools Abroad Trophy for the fastest under-18.

Nicole Ritchie (1:35.70) finished third and collected the Ladies’ Ski Club Challenge Cup for the highest-finishing non-team skier.

Anderson said that after suffering an injury at the World Championships she was battling to feel good in the technical events but was able to put it aside today to take the win.

“Slalom’s been quite painful in training, but in the race I didn’t really think about it” said Anderson. “The first run was a bit sketchy, there was a lot of people coming out so I just took it a bit more cautious than I should have, so I thought I’d send it a bit more in the second run and it paid off.”

The 20-year-old said while it was great to take the gold, it was disappointing that Britain’s number one ranked slalom skier couldn’t make it to Tignes.

“I was really looking forward to Charlie [Guest] being here – she had been skiing so well and she’s been on form. When I was at World Champs with her and training with her it was really nice.”

** There will be no competitive action in Tignes tomorrow with the forecast of heavy snowfall overnight and on Thursday. If conditions clear, the men’s slalom and ladies’ giant slalom national championships will be contested on Friday.

LEFT Charlie Raposo wins his fourth Howden giant slalom national title from Jack Gower (2nd, left) and Iain Innes (3rd, right); RIGHT Jess Anderson wins her first Howden ladies' slalom national crown from Daisie Daniels (2nd, left) and Nicole Ritchie (3rd, right) .



Howden Men’s Giant Slalom National Championship

National Championship – Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup 1st Charlie Raposo (1:49.00), 2nd Jack Gower (1:49.05), 3rd Iain Innes (1:49.27)

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Palmer Tomkinson Trophy Euan Kick (1.53.42)

Fastest Under-18 – Gordon Skiers Cup Owen Vinter (1:51.05)

Howden Ladies’ Slalom National Championship

National Championship – Evie Pinching Salver 1st Jess Anderson (1:34.59), 2nd Daisi Daniels (1:35.00), 3rd Nicole Ritchie (1:35.70)

Fastest Non-Team Athlete – Ladies’ Ski Club Challenge Cup Nicole Ritchie (1:35.70)

Fastest Under-18 – Schools Abroad Trophy Daisi Daniels (1:35.00)


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