Ted Slade punching poles on his way to a three-second slalom victory (racer-ready.co.uk)

Alexa Elliff and Ted Slade broke through for important victories on another great day of racing at the 2019 GB Alpine Children’s Championships in Tignes, while the Under 10s and Under 12s let loose as they tore up the ski cross course in today’s Kombi races.

U16 Slalom

CDC Performance’s Alexa Elliff (pictured) has been knocking on the door of success and it finally opened for her today in the U16 slalom.

Having finished third in this event last year and then second in Monday’s super G, Elliff fought hard today to win the Southampton Ski Club Cup.

Entering the second run with a 0.12 deficit to defending champion Annabel Jallat, Elliff put in a no-holds-barred performance to clock a total time of 1:30.22 which was enough to take the lead.

Jallatt (1:31.14) sent down the third-fastest second run of the competition, however it was still more than a second behind Elliff and only good enough for silver. Ambition’s Sophie Foster (1:31.24) backed up Monday’s super G win with the bronze medal.

“In the start gate my heart was racing I was so nervous, but I kind of knew it was going to be an all or nothing kind of run so I just pushed as hard as I could out of the start and went for it,” said Elliff. “It was so tense – it always is when you come down and there’s one more to go. I was standing there, head in hands, but it was amazing when you see you’ve just taken it.”

Looking forward to Friday’s final event which will decide the overall title, Elliff thinks the giant slalom could produce some interesting results.

“GS is my least consistent discipline at the moment so it’s going to be a little bit of a surprise. I haven’t raced a GS against these girls in a while because I crashed [at the English Championships] in Bormio, and I think I GS has come on a lot since then so it will be interesting.

“Slalom is my favourite discipline so this is the only thing I could have asked for – the best way to end the season.”

British Ski Academy’s Ted Slade took advantage of a DNF to super G champion Elliott Bennett as he cruised to victory in the men’s slalom and lifted the Aberdeen Ski Club Quaich.

Slade (1:25.37) clocked a first run time more than two seconds clear of his nearest rival giving him a solid buffer to play with on his way the title. And while he admitted to a more conservative approach on run two, he still managed to score the fastest time and extended his winning margin to more than three seconds.

Ambition’s Kaylan Huisman Muro (1:28.43) and CDC Performance’s Maximilian Schubert (1:29.17) finished in second and third, respectively.

“I just went for it on the first run,” said Slade. The coaches said ‘you’ve just got to go for it, it’s one of those courses where you can really push yourself and try and make as much time as you can,’ and that’s what I did on the first run.

“Unfortunately some of the boys DNF’d and that cut down the competition by quite a lot – people like Elliott Bennett who are very good skiers but didn’t quite manage to stick it in the finish – so that contributed massively to it I think.

Slade was pleased with the day’s performance with eyes now turning to Friday’s giant slalom and the overall standings.

“I couldn’t be happier; it’s great for me,” he said. “The points go towards the overall and that’s what we’re going for so I couldn’t be happier.

“It’s still anyone’s game; I still need to ski well [in Friday’s giant slalom], there’s no doubt about that; anyone can win it, so that will be the focus.”

U10 & U12 ‘Kombi’

The U10 and U12 Kombi races allowed the young skiers to showcase their skills on a varied course, with the best of two runs counting towards the overall result.

The U12 Girls was won by India Ridgway who stepped onto the podium for the first time this week after missing out on the giant slalom top three by just one-tenth of a second.

Ridgway (1:05.50) set the pace and neither Kandahar’s Emily Owen (1:05.61) nor Ambition’s Holly Tutt (1:06.24) were able to better their first run times as they filled the minor places on the podium.

In the U10s, Amala Poulsen (1:10.45) backed up Monday’s giant slalom win with another victory today. Runcorn’s Lowri Howie (1:10.76) scored her second podium of the week by claiming the silver medal while Kandahar’s Isabel Sadler (1:11.22) was third.

In the U12 Boys Kombi, British Ski Academy’s Zak Carrick-Smith (1:02.73) turned the tables on his brother after missing out on victory by just 0.02sec on Monday. Alpine Training Centre’s Ian Menzies (1:03.82) was second with Freddy Carrick Smith (BSA, 1:04.58) in third.

Luca Westbrook was again dominant in the U10 Boys Kombi to claim his second win of the week. In a repeat of Monday’s giant slalom one-two, Westbrook (1:06.90) beat home Adam Cuthbert (1:09.01) while ATC’s Jasper Freshwater (1:10.08) finished third.

The Children’s Championships continue tomorrow with the Under 14 Giant Slalom.

 

2019 GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday 10 April – Tignes, France

U16 Girls’ Slalom – Southampton Ski Club Cup 1st Alexa Elliff (1:30.22), 2nd Annabel Jallat (1:31.14), 3rd Sophie Foster (1:31.24)

U16 Boys’ Slalom – Aberdeen Ski Club Quaich 1st Ted Slade (1:25.37), 2nd Kaylan Huisman Muro (1:28.43), 3rd Maximilian Schubert (1:29.17)

U12 Girls’ Kombi 1st India Ridgway (1:05.50), 2nd Emily Owen (1:05.61), 3rd Holly Tutt (1:06.24)

U12 Boys’ Kombi 1st Zak Carrick-Smith (1:02.73), 2nd Ian Menzies (1:03.82), 3rd Freddy Carrick-Smith (1:04.58)

U10 Girls’ Kombi 1st Amala Poulsen (1:10.45), 2nd Lowri Howie (1:10.76), 3rd Isabel Sadler (1:11.22)

U10 Boys’ Kombi 1st Luca Westbrook (1:06.90), 2nd Adam Cuthbert (1:09.01), 3rd Jasper Freshwater (1:10.08)

 

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