(FIS Snowboarding)

Medals to Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin headlined GB’s opening weekend of the freestyle skiing and snowboard World Championships, and while there are more medal opportunities this week in Utah, the alpine World Championships also get underway in Sweden.

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. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.

 

FREESTYLE SKIING & SNOWBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Park City USA – Thu 31 January to Sun 10 February

In two of the first medal events of the World Championships, Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin launched GB’s campaign into action with a pair of podium performances.

Bankes put the icing on an already-impressive maiden season in GB colours when she was second in the snowboard cross final on Friday. Izzy Atkin then safely qualified through to the ski big air final on Saturday, before stomping two solid runs to finish third.

See Charlotte Bankes Final here: https://youtu.be/uxWAwjxz5kQ

Watch Izzy Atkin’s bronze medal runs here: https://youtu.be/g2vPBQGYs_c

In ski cross, Ollie Davies produced GB's best ever men's finish at the World Championships in 29th, while Emily Sarsfield (23rd) and Emma Peters (26th) also raced the knockout stages but were unable to move through to the quarter-finals.

In the men’s ski big air, James Woods was unable to reproduce the form which took him to the X-Games podium a week ago. He and Chris McCormick failed to move through from their heat but still have an opportunity to make amends later this week.

Woods, McCormick and Atkin will all line up tomorrow in qualifying for ski slopestyle, aiming to win through to Wednesday’s finals.

Tomorrow will also see Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick compete in the snowboard big air competition. It will be Coultas’ first event since missing out on the Olympic big air final by half a point nearly a year ago, while McCormick is fresh from a career-best World Cup slopestyle performance after finishing eighth at Seiser Alm in January.

On Thursday, freestyle action will move to the halfpipe where Sam Ward and Izzy Atkin’s younger sister Zoe will attempt to qualify for Friday’s final.

** Bankes has already headed back to Europe and will contest the snowboard cross World Cup in Germany from Friday alongside Maisie Potter.

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

Jack Gower will be the first GB Alpine skier to hit the competition piste at this year’s World Championships when he takes part in the men’s super G.

Gower scored his best super G World Cup result in Kitzbühel at the end of January and will be hoping to carry that form through to this World Championships programme which also includes downhill, alpine combined and giant slalom.

He is the only GB skier contesting speed events in Åre with the bulk of the squad lining up in the technical disciplines next week.

** World Cup skier Laurie Taylor competed at today’s Europa Cup slalom in Gstaad, Switzerland where he finished 12th. Placed 23rd after the first run, Taylor then proceeded to send down the second-fastest second run to move up 11 places. He will contest another Europa Cup slalom at the same venue tomorrow before heading to the World Championships.

 

NORWEGIAN CROSS COUNTRY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Meraaker NOR – Thu 31 January to Sat 2 February

GB Cross Country scored some strong results at this year’s Norwegian National Championships in Meraaker over the weekend.

In Thursday’s classic races, Andrew Musgrave finished ninth in the men’s 15km, while in the ladies’ 10km Annika Taylor was 20th and Nichole Bathe 26th.

On Friday, Andrew Young brought back memories of Musgrave’s title-winning effort in 2014 when he was tenth in the sprint prologue before winning through to the semis and then final. Young finished fifth to confirm his sprinting form this season.

Bathe (19th) and Taylor (21st) both qualified through the prologue into the heats but were unable to win through to the semi-finals.

In Saturday’s skiathlon, Musgrave was with the leading group for the majority of the race, eventually finishing 16th, while in the women’s race Bathe finished 26th.

 

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