20 March 2017

World Championships medals for Woods & Atkin; Ryding 8th in Alpine World Cup Finals; Musgrave 9th overall in final Cross Country World Cup; and Telemark World Championships podium for Taylor

GB Park and Pipe

The Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada finished on a high for GB Park and Pipe yesterday, as James 'Woodsy' Woods and Isabel Atkin both claimed bronze medals in the Ski Slopestyle Finals.

Woodsy was leading after putting down a fantastic second run of 90.40, but was overtaken in the final run by USA's McRae Williams who won gold and Gus Kenworthy who took silver. In the women's Ski Slopestyle, Isabel Atkin pulled a fantastic third run out of the bag to climb up the rankings and take bronze behind French skier Tess Ledeux, who took gold, and Emma Dahlstrom from Sweden, who claimed silver. 

Double podium for GB Park and Pipe: Izzy Atkin (left) and James Woods (right)

For the other GB Park and Pipe skiers in the Slopestyle competition, Madi Rowlands finished 17th in the ladies' competition and in the men’s event Tyler Harding finished 21st overall, with Cal Sandieson in 35th after making semis, and Mike Rowlands in 48th place.

On Friday evening, Rowan Cheshire showed that she is back to being one of the World’s best female Halfpipe skiers as she finished sixth overall in the World Championships. After qualifying for the final, Cheshire showed that she is back at a level where she can challenge again for world-class podiums. Madi Rowlands finished in 11th place and Molly Summerhayes in 15th position. For the men, Murray Buchan was the highest finishing Brit in 16th place and Pete Speight finished in 18th position.

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples congratulated the GB Park and Pipe team at the end of the Championships: "This is an amazing finish to a tough week of competition. I couldn't be more proud of the whole team. Everyone came out and killed it and rode to the very best of their abilities."

Coach Pat Sharples with Izzy Atkin in Sierra Nevada

In the Snowboard Big Air, Aimee Fuller landed a new trick in qualification, narrowly missing out on finals and finishing 18th overall. In the men’s competition Matt McCormick finished 27th overall and Jamie Nicholls in 48th place. Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas withdrew due to injuries.

GB Park and Pipe Pathway snowboarders Billy Cockrell, Fin Bremner, Henry Shackleton, Glen Ironside, and Cerys Allen were all in action at the Slopestyle and Halfpipe Europa Cup in Laax, Switzerland. Cerys Allen impressed in the Slopestyle finishing in 5th place, and in the men’s competition, Ironside had the best result for GB Park and Pipe, finishing in 27th place with Shackleton in 39th and Cockrell in 48th place. In the Halfpipe Glen Ironside finished in 32nd place.

Glen Ironside will today compete in the World Junior Snowboard Halfpipe Championships in Laax. The Halfpipe event has been brought forward after being due to run at the end of the April.


Delancey British Alpine Team

Dave Ryding pulled out a remarkable second run in the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado moving up 12 places in the second run in yesterday’s Slalom to finish eighth overall. In what has been an amazing season for Ryding, yesterday’s result meant Ryding will finish the season ranked 8th overall in the World Standings for Slalom.

Alex Tilley was in action in the North America Cup this weekend, claiming a podium finish in Saturday’s Slalom in Val St-Come, Canada and two 5th places in the GS yesterday and Friday’s Slalom. She will race again today in Garceau in another GS.

At the Europa Cup Finals in Innichen, Italy, Nick Moynihan finished 36th in Saturday’s GS with Charlie Raposo DNF. In yesterday’s Slalom FIS race, Laurie Taylor and Nick Moynihan both DNF.


British Nordic

Andrew Musgrave concluded his season on a high after finishing 9th in the Cross Country ‘mini-tour’ in Quebec after the 15km Pursuit Free, and clocking the 2nd fastest time of the day yesterday. Andrew Young finished in 27th overall and Callum Smith in 56th – a World Cup PB. In Saturday’s 15km Classic Mass Start Musgrave finished 20th, with Young in 34th and Smith in 60th position. Annika Taylor also finished her season off well, finishing 47th in the 10km Pursuit Free. This was after her 40th place finish in Saturday’s 10km Classic Mass Start.

Andrew Musgrave happy with his result after finishing with the 2nd fastest time of the day yesterday | Photo by British Nordic


British Telemark

Jasmin Taylor continued her phenomenal season, taking another podium for Great Britain, finishing third in the Classic at the Telemark World Championships in La Plagne, France. She was also 5th in the Parallel Sprint and 10th in the Sprint yesterday. Taylor’s team mate Naila Cardwell finished 9th in the Parallel Sprint, 17th in the Classic and 16th in the Sprint. In the men’s competition, Louis Hatchwell clocked the best result of the World Championships finishing in 22nd position in the Classic. Sion Bingham was 31st. In the Sprint, Alec Dixon finished in 36th position, Sion Bingham in 39th and Louis Hatchwell in 43rd place.

Jasmin Taylor concludes her season on a high | Photo by British Telemark Team


British Ski and Snowboard Cross

Pam Thorburn was in action this weekend at the Ski Cross event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada, finishing in 19th position overall to conclude the season.

British Snowboard Cross were in action at the Europa Cup in Lenk, Switzerland. For the ladies Anna Richardson finished in 17th position in Friday’s race and for the men Bradley Gaulter was 53rd, Paul Moralee was 62nd, Brandon Cain was 70th and Rory Ewart was 76th. Saturday’s race was cancelled due to weather.

British Ski Cross athletes were also in Europa Cup action in Mora, Sweden. For the ladies, Alannah Lawrie came 10th in both Saturday and Sunday’s race, and Emma Peters was 11th and 12th respectively.  For the men, Ollie Davies finished 27th on Saturday and 17th on Sunday, and Finlay Davies finished in 42nd and 43rd respectively.


British Moguls

At the Europa Cup in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Makayla Gerken Schofield impressed just missing the podium, finishing in fourth place in yesterdays’ Dual Moguls competition. In the men’s Dual Moguls competition, Thomas Gerken Schofield finished in 8th with Will Feneley in 10th place. All the athletes will compete again today.


British Ski Jumping

Robert and Jake Lock, British Ski Jumping twins based in Park City, competed in the Ski Jumping Continental Cup in Chaikovsky, Russia. Robert finished in 39th place and Jake 40th on Saturday and Jake in 41st place and Robert 42nd on Sunday.

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