Podiums and landmark results were the order of the week, as Britain’s ski and snowboard stars continued their charge in the late stages of the 2021/22 season
Charlotte Bankes’ Crystal Globe winning season drew to a close in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where, with her parents in attendance, she recorded her fifth Snowboard Cross World Cup victory of a dominant season.
At the site of her second ever World Cup victory back in 2017, Bankes was in typically assured form to win out ahead of Faye Gulini of the US and French boarder Manon Petit-Lenoir, who made the podium for only the second time in her career. The result leaves Bankes with 669 World Cup points this season, comfortably clear of her nearest rivals, Italian Michela Moioli with 501 and France’s Chloe Trespeuch on 464, and means Bankes’ World Cup season records reads: eight races, seven podiums, five victories.
Also in Veysonnaz this weekend, Ollie Davies banked the best World Cup result of his Ski Cross career with a superb ninth placed finish on Saturday. The result marks the first time Davies has broken into a World Cup top-10 spot, having come close at Val Thorens in December where he finished up in 11th. In a gripping contest, Davies fought hard through every turn to lay down a marker as thoughts begin to turn to next season’s race calendar.
Congratulations to @olliedavies73 on a brilliant 9️⃣th place in Veysonnaz!
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) March 19, 2022
Meanwhile, British interests in Ski Cross FIS level competition were boosted by excellent results for Greg Baillie and Patrick Young who took fifth and tenth spots respectively in Albrechtice v Jizerskych in Czechia.
In Alpine, Dave Ryding’s history-making season drew to a close at the World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel. Skiing in bib 1, Ryding was well placed in sixth at the turn, before a tricky second run saw him finish up in 21st spot in a season which will be chiefly remembered for his historic World Cup victory in Kitzbuehel in January, and his exceptional second place finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a month later.
"We still call this man 𝐒𝐢𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐞" ⚔️
— Eurosport (@eurosport) March 20, 2022
Having finished his own World Cup season last week, Laurie Taylor returned to Alpine Europa Cup action with his fourth top-10 finish of the season, an excellent eighth place in the Soldeu Europa Cup.
Mia Brookes added yet another Freestyle Snowboard competition victory to her astonishing season, with first place in the Laax European Cup Premium Slopestyle competition. The result means of Brookes’ nine competitions across Slopestyle and Big Air this season, only one has ended without her on top of the podium, that ending in a second-place finish. In the men’s competition, Jamie Nicholls returned to FIS competition for the first time in 18 months to record his first podium since taking a World Cup third place in Czechia in 2017. His third-place finish came as the eldest competitor in the starting line-up and capped a remarkable return to competitive Freestyle Snowboard for the two-time Olympian.
At Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechia, 21-year-old Maisie Hill made her Freestyle Snowboard World Cup debut with an excellent seventh-place finish in the Slopestyle competition. Qualifying from tenth spot, Hill banked an excellent 58.50 in the Final to secure an exceptional result. Joining her in the Final was Katie Ormerod, in her first World Cup appearance since the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, her score of 35.75 good enough to finish up just one place behind her teammate, Hill, in eighth.
In the men’s competition, Billy Cockrell also made his first World Cup appearance since January, taking 28th place in the Men’s Slopestyle Finals.
In Moguls, Mateo Jeannesson took the first podiums of his career in with two astonishing Europa Cup performances in Livigno, Italy. A brilliant third place in the Single Moguls on Wednesday was bettered by a breath-taking victory in the Dual Moguls the next day, as one of the youngest athletes in the field. During an excellent season which also saw Jeannesson take two top-10 spots in Krispl, Austria, and Bad Wiessee, Germany, the two results in Livigno mark him out as a skier to watch in the coming years.
What an epic couple of days for Mateo Jeannesson at the Livigno Moguls Europa Cup!
🥇 Dual Moguls
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) March 17, 2022
Finally, in Telemark, Jaz Taylor’s superb season continued with another two World Cup podiums in Krvavec, Slovenia, where she took third place in the Classic and second place in the Sprint, before finishing the weekend’s competition with fourth place in the Parallel Sprint.
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Header Image: Charlotte Bankes celebrates at Veysonnaz World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber