After Jenny Jones’ record breaking first British medal on snow at the 2014 Sochi Games, UK Sport, the UK’s high performance sports agency, began funding the GB Park+Pipe team, enabling the support of a full coaching programme as well as athlete personal support for 16 of the best athletes.
After winning two more medals at PyeongChang 2018 and achieving a host of World Cup podiums and top 10s in multiple disciplines, GBS received a funding increase for the Beijing 2022 cycle which also includes an allocation for Parasnowsports which won seven medals.
In July 2018, GBS took on responsibilities for Parasnowsports including Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard, while it continues to licence competitors in Alpine, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding, Telemark, Speed Skiing and Ski Jumping. Over 350 athletes are registered with GBS and compete in international events, and the organisation works closely with Clubs, Academies and the Home Nations to provide opportunities for aspiring international athletes.
The PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were the most successful ever for British snowsports.
Izzy Atkin won GB’s first ever medal on skis with a bronze medal in the Ski Slopestyle and Billy Morgan was the first male snowboarder to win a medal, with bronze in the inaugural Big Air competition.
Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe won ParalympicsGB’s second ever gold medal for in PyeongChang, and together with Millie Knight and Brett Wild earned seven medals for Great Britain’s best ever result in snowsports at the Winter Paralympics.