A packed week of action at the World Para Snow Sports Championships saw Britain take three medals from the opening days’ competitions, while elsewhere there were impressive results for Charlie Guest and Katie Summerhayes
Britain’s Para Snowsport bagged three medals in the opening stretch of the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, with Para Alpine sit skier Shona Brownlee marking her first World Championships appearance with a silver in Super-G, Para Alpine Paralympic medallist Millie Knight bagging Super-G bronze, and Para Snowboarder James Barnes-Miller also grabbing Dual Banked Slalom bronze.
It’s BRONZE for @stubber89 in the Banked Slalom at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer 🥉 🔥
Huge shout out too, to Ollie Hill for 4️⃣th place!
Brilliant results from the Para Snowboard squad – congratulations everyone!#GBSnowsport pic.twitter.com/C0nrWOZyo0
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) January 14, 2022
Amid a festival of Para Snowsport at the famed site of the 1994 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Neil Simpson and Andrew Simpson took an impressive fourth place in Super-G, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest coming in fifth in their own Super-G race.
In Snowboard Dual Banked Slalom, Nina Sparks marked an impressive World Championships debut by progressing to the quarter finals, losing out to eventual champion Lisa Bunschoten, while Ollie Hill took an exceptional fourth place, finishing just 1.08 seconds outside of the bronze medal position to Ben Tudhope. Jon-Allan Butterworth, also making his World Championships debut, finished less than three seconds outside of the quarter final qualification spots, Owen Pick was disqualified in his qualifying run, while Andy Macleod was eliminated at the same stage.
In the Para Nordic competitions, the pick of the results was Scott Meenagh’s 12th place in the Sprint competition, 14th place in Middle C and 15th in Middle, while Steve Arnold recovered from an injury scare in Middle C to return to competition just two days later with 19th (Sprint) and 17th (Middle) place finishes. Steve Thomas took 21st in Middle C.
On the Alpine World Cup circuit, Charlie Guest’s excellent season continued with a personal best 13th place finish at World Cup Schladming in her fourth top-20 finish in just seven races this season. Dave Ryding took 16th place at World Cup Wengen, to put a short run of DNFs behind him, while also taking fourth spot in the invitational night slalom at Crans Montana.
The Freeski World Cup in Font Romeu ended with a sixth place Slopestyle finish for Katie Summerhayes, her first top-10 since last year’s Silvaplana World Cup. In the men’s competition, Chris McCormick came in 24th. In Laax, Katie Ormerod took 11th place in the Freestyle Snowboard World Cup.
Finally, Nakiska’s dual Ski Cross World Cups saw Emma Peters and Ollie Davies both take top-20 finishes, with each coming in 19th spot in the first of the event’s two WC competitions.
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Header Image: James Barnes-Miller at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, January 2022. Photo: Gisle Johnson