Busy Weekend for British Snowsport Athletes Sees Flurry of Podiums and Top-10s

Busy Weekend for British Snowsport Athletes Sees Flurry of Podiums and Top-10s

Charlotte Bankes, Dave Ryding and James Barnes-Miller led the way as British skiers and snowboarders banked some big results in a busy weekend of snowsport action

Charlotte Bankes continued her hot streak of form with a gold medal in the Montafon Snowboard Cross World Cup on Friday. Having qualified in first position, Bankes crossed the finishing line ahead of Australian Belle Brockhoff and France’s Chloé Trespeuch to take a superb win. Bankes’ victory saw her top the World Cup podium for the fifth time in her career, and means that each of her previous four World Cup races has seen her take a podium finish. Britain’s Maisie Potter finished in 36th spot.

In the men’s competition in Montafon, Huw Nightingale banked an excellent 28th place finish, having qualified for the final on his World Cup debut, his first race since finishing 4th at the World Junior Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

In Alpine, Dave Ryding’s first World Cup race of the season, in Val d’Isère, saw him bank his best World Cup finish on the French course with an outstanding fifth place. The Rocket propelled himself into top spot with eight to race, finishing up just 0.01s behind Daniel Yule of Switzerland in fourth. Ryding’s time of 1:32.42 saw him only 0.05s outside of the podium positions, where Croatia’s Filip Zubčić took third spot behind Kristoffer Jakobsen of Sweden in second, and Frenchman Clément Noël in first. Roy Steudle also had a successful week on the Alpine circuit, grabbing a third and a fourth spot in the Downhill NorAm Cup in Lake Louise, Canada, banking his first Downhill podium spot since 2018.

At the Para Snowboard Cross World Cup in Pyha, James Barnes-Miller added silver and bronze medals to his impressive run of form over the past 12 months, with Owen Pick also picking up top-10 finishes coming 5th and 7th. Meanwhile, the Para Nordic squad were in Canmore securing the team’s best ever results, Scott Meenagh grabbing 4th and 5th place finishes, and Steve Arnold also banking a top-10 results, coming in in 10th position. Earlier in the week, Shona Brownlee added two bronze medal finishes to her burgeoning collection of podium finishes in her first ever World Cup races in Steinach am Brenner, Austria.

The Ski Cross World Cup in Val Thorens saw Ollie Davies bank his best ever World Cup result with an 11th place finish on Saturday, going two better than his previous best finishes at Arosa and Idre Fjall last year.

In her first competition since securing a stunning silver medal at the Aspen World Cup in March, Zoe Atkin was back inside the top-10 with an 8th place finish at the Copper Mountain World Cup, continuing her fine run of top-10 World Cup finishes which now stretches back to 2019.

Britain’s moguls squad were also back in action over the weekend in the Idre Fjall World Cup. In the women’s competitions, Makayla Gerken Schofield finished just outside the top-20 in Dual Moguls coming in 21st, with Leonie Gerken Schofield finishing 28th and Skyler Nunn 44th. In the Single Moguls, Leonie came in in 29th, Makayla in 33rd and Skyler Nunn 42nd. In the men’s competition, Thomas Gerken Schofield banked 25th in the Single Moguls and 21st in the Dual Moguls, Will Feneley came in 37th in Dual and 30th in Single, and Mateo Jeannesson finished 58th in Dual.

In Aerials, Lloyd Wallace added more World Cup points to his season tally, coming 28th and 22nd in back-to-back World Cup competitions in Ruka, Finland.

The weekly GB Snowsport results summary is presented in association with Snow+Rock

Header Image: GEPA pictures / Mathias Mandl

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