07 February 2019

Woodsy's gold launches GB athletes into weekend of action

A gold medal to James Woods’ in last night’s ski slopestyle continued a strong GB charge at the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Championships. The top-level action continues over the coming days with the final events wrapping up in Utah, the World Alpine Championships move up a gear in Sweden, GB Snowsport will feature in World Cups for para alpine, cross country, snowboard cross and telemark while the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival kicks off on Monday.

Note: BBC is screening both the Freestyle Skiing & Snowboard and Alpine World Championships on the Red Button and other digital channels. See the viewing schedule here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/46831231. Eurosport is also broadcasting the Alpine World Championships with their schedule available at: https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/alpine-skiing/48. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.



James Woods now has a medal of each colour from the Freestyle Skiing World Championships after picking up the elusive gold medal in last night’s ski slopestyle final.

Adding to his 2013 silver and 2017 bronze, Woods also has the honour of being the first British male to win a World Championship on snow. While Chris McCormick finished 17th in his heat and did not progress through to the final.

Watch James Woods’ gold medal-winning run here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LquUYcYW4qc

Like Woods, Izzy Atkin also won slopestyle bronze at the 2017 World Championships but was not given the opportunity to again stand on the podium this year. After finishing third in big air on the weekend, Atkin’s preferred slopestyle event was cancelled with heavy conditions and an unfavourable forecast not allowing a window in which to conduct a rescheduled competition.

The snow continues to bucket down in Park City bringing into question whether today’s ski halfpipe qualifiers will be able to take place. If they do, Sam Ward and Izzy Atkin’s younger sister Zoe will be hoping to win a place in the finals in what will be their first World Championships outing.

Moguls qualifying is scheduled for Friday with Makayla Gerken Schofield lining up in the ladies’ event, with Thomas Gerken Schofield, Wil Willis, Max Willis and Will Feneley in the men’s. Individual moguls will take place on Friday with dual moguls on Saturday.

Following the cancellation of the snowboard big air, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick will be hoping the weather clears enough for their slopestyle qualifiers to take place on Saturday. Finals will take place on Sunday in the final event of the World Championships.



The Alpine Skiing World Championships have commenced in Sweden and the first British athlete in action has been Jack Gower.

Unfortunately the 24-year-old missed the last gate of yesterday’s super G but has the chance to make amends in Saturday’s downhill and Monday’s alpine combined.

The technical events commence next week starting with the alpine team event where GB will be hoping to maintain the form which brought an Olympic top-five finish in 2018.


PARA ALPINE WORLD CUPVeysonnaz SUI – Wed 6 to Sat 9 February

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe walked away from the recent World Championships with five medals – two of them gold – and they have continued that success at this week’s Para Alpine World Cup in Switzerland.

The pair scored a gold and silver medal from yesterday’s two super G races, and followed up with another win in their third race this morning.

The final three races of the World Cup will be contested in giant slalom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Para Alpine World Cup can be streamed live over the next three days. The first run is due to start at 9:30am, and the second at midday with links available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV.


SNOWBOARD CROSS WORLD CUPFeldberg GER – Sat 9 to Sun 10 February

A week ago Charlotte Bankes was in the United States celebrating her first individual World Championships medal when she finished second in the snowboard cross.

However she is quickly back into World Cup action this week and will take to the start gates in qualifying tomorrow alongside Maisie Potter. The pair will be putting their best foot forward to qualify for Saturday morning’s finals.

Bankes already has a World Cup podium to her credit this year and will be riding high after her success in Utah.

The finals of the snowboard cross World Cup will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from Saturday 8:45am.


CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUPLahti FIN – Sat 9 to Sun 10 February

Andrew Young and James Clugnet have shown strong recent form and the sprint specialists will be hoping to continue that at this weekend’s World Cup in Finland.

Young is coming off fifth-place finishes at the Norwegian National Championships and Norwegian Cup over the last three weeks, while Clugnet has broken through to the top 30 in three of his last four World Cup starts.

The pair also combined for sixth place in the team sprint in Dresden in January and will be hoping for an equally strong performance on Sunday.

The heats, semi-finals and finals of Saturday’s sprint skate will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player from 1pm. The final of the classic team sprint will be on the Eurosport Player from Sunday 12:30pm.


TELEMARK WORLD CUPBad Hindelang GER – Sat 9 to Sun 10 February

Jasmin Taylor is seeking more World Cup glory when the fourth World Cup in three weeks takes place in Germany this weekend.

Saturday will feature the sprint event, followed by the parallel sprint on Sunday.

The men’s races will feature Louis Hatchwell, Ben Emsley and Alec Dixon in both events while Colin Dixon will also start Sunday’s race.

Live streaming of the Telemark World Cup will begin at 8am GMT on https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/8500991.


EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC WINTER FESTIVALSarajevo & East Sarajevo BIH – Mon 11 to Fri 15 February

The European Youth Olympic Festival kicks off in Bosnia & Herzegovina on Monday where GB Snowsport athletes will be in action in three disciplines.

In alpine, the ladies’ giant slalom on Monday will feature Victoria Palla, Sarah Woodward, Daisi Daniels and Olivia Foster with the men’s event to follow on Tuesday with Edouard Guigonnet, Charles Rankin and Owen Vinter. Jake Doyle has been forced out of the team through injury.

Snowboard slopestyle qualification also takes place on Monday with six riders competing across the men’s and ladies’ categories: Gabe Adams, Ethan Smith, Lewis Moore and Leon Drynan; Luca Mai Lane-Hopkins and Lara Cabrera-Myram.

The cross country programme starts with the Monday’s 10km classic on Monday when Alexander Franks-Penty and Beinn Horsfall will be in action.


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