Iain Innes motors to super G glory in Tignes (Vanessa Fry Photography)

The 2018/19 season is into its final couple of weeks with some of GB Snowsport’s best still battling out at the national championships in France and Switzerland, while a select few are vying for the podium at the World Junior Championships.

MOGULS

  • World Junior Championships, Chiesa in Valmalenco ITA – Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April

Leading the GB Moguls squad in Italy will be Makayla Gerken Schofield, who has twice finished in the top five at the Junior World Championships. The 19-year-old is coming off the best season of her career having finished inside the top 20 on the World Cup standings and scoring three Europa Cup podiums from her last three events, including a victory.

Skyler Nunn, who competes predominantly in North America, will join Gerken Schofield in the ladies’ individual and dual moguls. This is her second trip to the Junior World Championships following two top-20 results in 2018.

Will Feneley is the only GB Moguls athlete lining up in the men’s events, bring to a close his first season of major international competitions. Feneley comes into his sixth consecutive Junior World Championships on the back of two Europa Cup podiums in a season which saw his World Cup and World Championships debuts.

 

PARK & PIPE

  • World Junior Championships, Chiesa in Valmalenco ITA – Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April
  • The BRITS, Laax SUI – Tue 2 to Fri 5 April

Two skiers and four snowboarders will be representing GB at the second part of the park and pipe World Junior Championships after Connie Brogden won the ladies’ ski halfpipe in January.

Kirsty Muir achieved three top 10 results at the 2018 Junior World Championships in New Zealand and is joined in the ski events by Jasper Klein who recently earned his first Europa Cup top 20 in Livigno.

European Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Gabe Adams leads the snowboard contingent fresh from sixth place at the World Rookie Tour finals in Austria in March. He is joined in the snowboard contingent by Hollie Smimth and Team GB EYOF teammates Ethan Smith and Luca Mai Hopkins Lane.

Meanwhile, The BRITS are posed to wrap up in Laax tomorrow in a week where the high level of camaraderie has not been matched by the weather gods. Today’s action has been cancelled due to rain, while yesterday’s ski cross and snowboard big air were limited by a lack of visibility.

Olympic bronze medallist Billy Morgan claimed the snowboard cross title for the second time in three years on Tuesday, while Maisie Hill defended her BRITS crown. Hill was then runner-up to young gun Mia Brookes in yesterday’s snowboard big air while Billy Cockrell edged Matt McCormick to retain his title.

Wednesday’s ski cross was limited to qualifying runs with Nick Bingham and Octavia Steiger topping the timing sheets on their way to victory while Amy Clayton and Tom Greenway took out Tuesday’s ski big air competitions.

Organisers will make a decision on whether today’s snowboard halfpipe and ski slopestyle can be run tomorrow, however tomorrow’s schedule presently features ski halfpipe and snowboard slopestyle.

ALPINE

  • Delancey GB Alpine Championships, Tignes FRA – Sunday 31 March to Sunday 7 April

While heavy snow means no competition at the Delancey GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, the final national championship races are scheduled for tomorrow.

Downhill and super G gold medallist Cara Brown currently leads the ladies’ overall standings while Iain Innes is also in contention for the Victor Ludorum after winning the super G and finishing on the podium in downhill and giant slalom.

Alex Tilley will start as favourite in tomorrow’s ladies’ giant slalom while Laurie Taylor is the top-ranked Brit on the men’s slalom start sheet with Dave Ryding bypassing this year’s event.

The GB Para Alpine Championships will take place over the weekend along with the technical disciplines to close out the National Junior Championships.

 

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