08 March 2020

THOMAS GERKEN-SCHOFIELD WINS GB SNOWSPORT FIRST EVER MOGUL WORLD CUP MEDAL

Thomas Gerken-Schofield put his name in the history books yesterday when he became the first ever British athlete to get a world cup medal in moguls.

Thomas, who was born in Chelmsford in Essex, came in second place in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and said: "I managed to put down the skiing I have been working on with my coach. It paid off. I made history for Great Britain, being the first ever GB athlete to achieve a medal on World Cup moguls event. I was very proud to represent my country on the second step of the podium - a massive thank you to everyone that has made this possible."

The 22 year old did admit: "This season has been hard. With a 4th place in China (dual moguls) I set my objectives higher. I felt more and more capable of a World Cup podium. I struggled to get my skiing in place but I knew if I skied the way I wanted to that I would be close."

"During the North American tour I made super finals in Deer Valley (top 6) Single moguls. I was feeling more and more confident with my skiing. Japan and Kazakhstan was a challenge, I couldn’t get my skiing in place and then the Russian event in Krasnoyarsk happened." 

Vicky Gosling OBE, Chief Executive Officer of GB Snowsport said: “This is another incredible landmark moment in what has been a brilliant season for our athletes at GB Snowsport.”

“We are so delighted for Thomas and the wider Moguls team for this result and the brilliant work the team put in”.

The 22 year old brit was beaten narrowly by Canada's Mikael Kingsbury in the super final to pick up his ninth straight World Cup overall moguls title.

Moguls skiing consists of free skiing on a heavily moguled course, with marks for technical turns, aerial maneuvers and speed. Dual moguls sees pairs of competitors compete against each other, with the winner advancing to the next round until a final result is achieved.

 

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