22 February 2016

Success at the Olympic Test Event in PyeongChang & Bronze for Rowlands at Lillehammer 2016

GB Park and Pipe

GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod continued her run of amazing results with a 4th place in Saturday’s Snowboard Slopestyle at the World Cup and Olympic Test event in PyeongChang. With the competition being affected by windy conditions, it wasn’t easy for any of the competitors, but Katie put in two runs to put her 4th behind Jamie Anderson, Carly Shorr and Christy Prior. Earlier in the week, after a fresh falling of snow, Jamie Nicholls just missed out on finals with 12th place, and Billy Morgan 22nd. In the Ladies qualifiers Aimee Fuller finished a great 7th place, just missing out on finals at the Olympic Test Event.

Katie Summerhayes qualified into the Ski Slopestyle finals in 2nd place just behind Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen. In the finals she kept her rail line the same as in qualifying: a blind 2 out of the top rail and then front 4 out of the down flat down; but she upped her jumps by adding a switch right 9 japan to left 360 tail grab, and then into the 900 on the bottom jump. She put down three solid runs but not quite as clean as she had hoped which lost her points. In the end Katie took 6th place, which she's incredibly happy with, as it was certainly one of the toughest finals of the year so far. Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen took the win, followed by Maggie Voisin in 2nd, Emma Dahlstrom in 3rd, 4th Dara Howell, 5th Yuki Tsubota and Katie Summerhayes in 6th. Isabel Atkin took 7th which is another incredibly great result for her, and once again shows her consistency.

In the Men’s Ski Slopestyle, James Woods finished 10th in his qualifiers heat, finishing in 16th overall, and teammate Tyler Harding finishing 22nd in his qualifiers heat.  Gold and Silver went to Norway, with Felix Stridsberg-Usterud and Oystein Braaten respectively, followed by Fabien Boesch from Switzerland.

The Olympic Test Event had good reviews, and the countdown to 2018 is well and truly on!

This week sees the first ever X Games in Oslo, 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.


Winter Youth Olympic Games

The action at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer came to a conclusion yesterday.

Golden Girl, Madi Rowlands impressed again on Friday - this time in the Ski Slopestyle, taking a Bronze medal to accompany her Gold from Ski Halfpipe earlier in the week. Rowlands scored 67.20 and 67.80 in her two runs and said after the event:

“I feel so happy at the moment because I didn’t expect it all. I haven’t been on the podium much in my career so it’s definitely that extra bit more special.

“To be honest I didn’t really know what position I was in at the top of the second run. I like to stay relaxed and don’t really get nervous. I guess that helps in this sport.”

Cal Sandieson also got a chance to shine, putting in an amazing performance on the Slopestyle Course to finish in 4th place.

Both Iain Innes and Yasmin Cooper had some strong results in the Alpine disciplines, with Iain Innes rounding off the week with a 20th place finish in the Slalom. This followed his 17th place in the GS and 32nd in Super G earlier in the week. Cooper also finished 20th in the Slalom, after an amazing 13th in Alpine Combined and 19th in Super G.

Watch Jenny Jones catching up with the YOG athletes in Lillehammer on Ski Sunday available on BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006v8fc


British Aerials Team

Lloyd Wallace took 28th place 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, Minsk became the tour final. Lloyd has had a great World Cup season including an incredible personal best of 7th at the Deer Valley World Cup and 16th at the Moscow World Cup.


British Nordic Team

At the Lahti Cross Country World Cup in Finland on Saturday, Andrew Young finished 10th, Andrew Musgrave 56th and Callum Smith 77th in the 1.6km Sprint Free. Yesterday saw Musgrave finish in an impressive 18th place in the 15km Skiathlon.

Meanwhile, the U23 and Junior World Cross Country Ski Championships kicks off today in Rasnov. Today we see the Sprint with Duncan Gibb, James Clugnet and Lynne Gray in the Junior category, and Annika Taylor and Sarah Hale for U23s. Tomorrow the U23 Ladies will compete in the 10k Classic, followed by the Junior Men’s 10k Classic and Ladies 5k Classic on Wednesday. Taylor and Hale will continue to the Ladies’ 10k Freestyle on Thursday, with the Junior Men’s 15k Free and Junior Ladies’ 10k Free seeing Clugnet, Gibb and Gray competing on Friday.

We also have British Ski Jumping twins Jake and Robert Lock competing for GBR in tomorrow’s event.


Delancey British Alpine Team

Action starts on Wednesday for Delancey British Alpine Team athletes, Billy Major and Charlie Raposo, at the World Alpine Junior Ski Championships in Sochi, Russia. Both will compete in Super G, Alpine Combined, Giant Slalom and Slalom, with Billy also doing the Downhill which is the first event, taking place on Saturday.


British Ski Cross

Fresh from her 12th at Idre Ski Cross World Cup, Sweden, British racer Emily Sarsfield will next be in action on Friday at the World Cup and Olympic Ski Cross test event in PyeongChang.



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