GB Snowsport athletes added another four podiums to what is fast becoming one of the country’s most successful ski and snowboard seasons in history on another weekend of gripping competition.
Topping the bill, Snowboard Cross Crystal Globe holder Charlotte Bankes recorded her second World Cup victory of the season at the Cortina d’Ampezzo World Cup in a typically dominant display of Snowboard Cross racing. The result – her first World Cup win in Cortina – moves Bankes up to second in the season’s overall standings, behind Chloe Trespeuch who Bankes beat into third place with Faye Gulini taking second spot, and Manon Petit Lenoir fourth. In the men’s races, Huw Nightingale came in in 41st place.
Fresh from their X Games heroics, Kirsty Muir and Zoe Atkin also both returned to the World Cup podium this weekend at the Mammoth Mountain Freestyle World Cup. In the Freeski Slopestyle competition, Muir put down a superb demonstration of Slopestyle skiing to take second place in the standings, matching in the process her career best World Cup result from Aspen in 2021. Muir’s score of 84.00 left her just 2.00 points behind Johanne Killi in top spot, and continues a run of form which has seen Muir finish inside the top-8 in seven consecutive World Cup competitions, dating back to March 2021.
In Freeski Halfpipe, Zoe Atkin took the third World Cup podium of her career and joined Muir in taking second place on the podium in her first World Cup competition of the season, straight off the back of her spectacular victory at X Games last weekend. A huge score of 92.75 was only just beaten by China’s Kexin Zhang who topped the podium with 93.50 in a contest that demonstrated again the reasons that Atkin, at just 20 years of age, is so highly rated within the sport.
In the men’s competitions, James Pouch bagged his best ever World Cup result with 32nd place in Slopestyle, just ahead of Tayler Harding in 35th and Tom Greenway, in only the third World Cup entry of his career, coming in 43rd.
On the Europa Cup circuit, meanwhile, Ash Clayton took a brilliant double podium with second place in Big Air and third place in Slopestyle at La Clusaz EC. The results gave Clayton the first EC podiums of their career, having competed in only one previous EC level competition.
Laurie Taylor also notched a career best World Cup result in the Chamonix Slalom World Cup, ending the weekend in 23rd position. Taylor, who is part of the squad that will travel to the Alpine World Championships, was joined in the second run by Dave Ryding who was pushing hard until a straddle prematurely ended his race. Billy Major, meanwhile, was unfortunate not to qualify finishing not far outside of the second run qualification spots.
The weekend’s final British podium fell to Telemark star Jaz Taylor who took third place in the second of two World Cup Sprint races in Les Contamines-Montjoie for her first podium of the season. The earlier of the week’s races saw her finish fifth while, in the men’s races, Timote Gough took a promising 17th place finish.
James Clugnet and Andrew Young continued their preparations for the Cross-Country World Championships with three races in the Toblach World Cup, the pick of the results coming in a 12th place finish as part of a FIS team in the 4 x 7.5km Relay. In the Sprint F, Clugnet took 28th and Young 41st, while Young finished in 36th spot in the 10km F with Clugnet in 57th.
Meanwhile, the Moguls squad travelled to Deer Valley for the latest in their World Cup tour. Will Feneley had the best of the weekend’s action with 8th place in the Dual Moguls competition, matching his best ever World Cup result from Alpe d’Huez in December. Makayla Gerken Schofield came 11th in the Single Moguls competition, Mateo Jeannesson finished 19th in Dual Moguls and 21st in Single Moguls, and Thomas Gerken-Schofield 25th in Single Moguls.
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On a week of unprecedented success for British skiers and snowboarders, the nation’s athletes delivered 12 medals including three golds in a show of strength that confirms Britain’s standing as home to some of the world’s most exciting snowsport competitors.
At the Para Alpine World Championships Espot, Spain, Neil Simpson and Rob Poth banked gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Super-G, Slalom, and Giant Slalom respectively, crowning a 12-month period that secured gold and bronze medals in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games for Simpson alongside his brother Andrew, as well as silver in the Super-Combined on Simpson’s World Championships debut in Lillehammer last year. Skiing together for the first time at major competition, after injury to Andrew in training over the winter, Simpson and Poth delivered a string of outstanding race performances amid fierce competition from the Italian pairing of Giacomo Bertagnolli and Andrea Ravelli, and Austria’s Joannes Aigner and Matteo Fleischmann.
In the Women’s VI Class, Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest continued to show the form which has made Fitzpatrick Britain’s most decorated winter Paralympian with outstanding silver and bronze medal performances in the Giant Slalom and the Slalom, echoing the two medals the pair took at last year’s Lillehammer World Championships.
The Para Nordic World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden, meanwhile delivered a richly-deserved silver medal for Scott Meenagh in the 12.5km Biathlon. Meenagh, whose performances throughout the Championships were exceptional, finally took the podium that he has battled towards for so long, with a pristine shooting performance matched by a blistering ski pace. In the process, Meenagh delivered a first ever British Para Nordic World Championships medal, proving beyond doubt his strength as a skier and as a competitor at the highest levels of one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.
The 2023 X Games in Aspen, Colorado, saw three of the stars of British Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard invited to compete, with Zoe Atkin taking gold in a jaw-dropping display of half-pipe skiing, Kirsty Muir securing a brace of bronze medals in Slopestyle and Big Air that confirmed her status as one of the sport’s most promising athletes, and Mia Brookes a superb sixth place on her X Games debut. The team’s performances propelled Britain to seventh in the medal table, and saw some of Britain’s finest young athletes matched with the world’s best and most exciting freestyle talent.
Freestyle medals were also in the offing at the European Youth Olympic Festival where Team GB flagbearer, Charlie Lane, took gold in Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle and silver in Big Air. At just 16 years of age, Lane’s performances continue a meteoric rise for the young Brit who first competed at international level in 2020.
In Moguls, Makayla Gerken-Schofield’s superb 2022/23 season finally brought the World Cup podium that her performances have so richly deserved, with third place in the Val St. Come Dual Moguls World Cup. Having taken eighth place in the previous day’s single Moguls contest, Gerken-Schofield’s third spot means she becomes the second Gerken-Schofield to take a Moguls World Cup podium following older brother Thomas Gerken-Schofield’s history-making second place in Krasnoyarsk in 2020, and leaves her having not finished outside the top-10 in any of the season’s seven World Cup competitions to date. In the Men’s competitions, Mateo Jeannesson took 31st in single Moguls and 40th in Dual Moguls, while Makayla’s fellow Beijing 2022 Olympian, Will Feneley, came 36th and 31st in single and Dual Moguls respectively.
With the Cross-Country World Championships on the horizon, Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, and James Clugnet were in action at the Les Rousses World Cup, with Young’s 15th place finish in the Sprint C the highlight of the team’s performances. Young also added a 47th and 50th place in the 10km F and 20km C, while Musgrave finished 17th, 52nd, and 35th in 10km F, Sprint C, and 20km C. Clugnet, meanwhile, was 61st in 10km F and 48th in Sprint C.
Alpine interests were focused on Schladming and Spindleruv Mlyn, with the Men’s Slalom and GS teams in action in Schladming, and Reece Bell returning for only the second World Cup race of her career in Spindleruv Mlyn, Dave Ryding delivering the week’s best performance with a 12th place finish in the Schladming Slalom WC.
The Alpine World Junior Championships concluded, with Calum Langmuir and Giselle Gorringe seeing the pick of the results. Langmuir’s 17th in the Men’s Super-G was a performance of real grit and promise, while Gorringe’s 23rd place in the Women’s Super-G left her unfortunate not to secure a top-20 spot, but still with much to reflect positively on. The Men’s Downhill, meanwhile, saw all three British entrants finish within the top-40, with Calum Langmuir in 32nd, Dominic Shackleton in 34th and Max Laughland in 37th. Further finishes were secured by Louis de Pourtales, Laughland, and Langmuir in the Men’s Giant Slalom.
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We understand that many people within the British Alpine system are looking for further information on the partnership between GB Snowsport and Apex2100.
Having held detailed discussions with stakeholders from across Alpine skiing, we are now pleased to publish a new guide to the partnership to help address some frequently asked questions, and to provide additional information about the ways that we envisage the partnership working to support British Alpine athletes to compete on the World Cup, World Championships, and Olympic stages.
Dave Ryding and Mia Brookes put the crowning touches on an exceptional week of competition for Britain’s Skiers and Snowboarders
A year to the day from his jaw-dropping victory at the Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding was back on the podium for the first time this season as he delivered a blistering second run performance to rise from sixteenth to second on one of the world’s most revered Slalom stages. Remarkably, it was the third time that Ryding had made the podium at Kitzbuehel, having also taken second spot in the 2017 race exactly six years earlier.
In a packed and highly competitive field, Ryding’s first run put him in sixteenth place and with work to do if the race leaders were going to face a challenge from the reigning champion. From the moment he left the gate for this second run, though, it was clear that Ryding wouldn’t relinquish his crown without a fight, putting down a staggeringly fast and technically perfect run that saw him move straight into top spot. In the end, only Switzerland’s Daniel Yule could match Ryding’s endeavours, coming in 0.40s ahead of the Rocket, but 0.31s down on the Brit’s sensational second run time.
Earlier in the competition, Billy Major took an excellent 23rd place finish for his best World Cup finish of the season, while Laurie Taylor just missed out on qualification for the second run.
Incredibly, Ryding’s podium marked Britain’s second snowsport silver of the day, with Mia Brookes earlier delivering on her incredible potential by taking silver in the Laax Open Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. Competing in only her third World Cup competition, having been ineligible through age last season, and the first Slopestyle World Cup of her career, Brookes was in breath-taking form throughout the weekend, qualifying for Finals in top spot before delivering a sensational performance to leave her with a score of 79.91, behind only Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand.
Brookes’ World Cup career has now yielded a ninth place, a fifth place, and a runner’s up spot across three World Cups, with the 16-year-old next set to compete in the prestigious X Games competition later this month.
Brookes will be joined at X Games by Freeski sensation Kirsty Muir, who notched yet another World Cup top-10 with sixth place in the Laax Open Freeski Slopestyle World Cup. Muir’s result came through the qualifying rounds as the Final was eventually called off owing to treacherous weather on a weekend beset by challenging conditions. The result gives Muir her eighth World Cup top-10 finish at the age of just 18, with each of her three World Cup competitions this season ending in the top-10.
In the men’s competitions in Laax, Billy Cockrell came 28th in the Snowboard World Cup, while in the Freeski contest Tyler Harding was the pick of the Brits with a 24th place finish, Chris McCormick coming in in 41st, and Tom Greenway in 48th.
Ollie Davies’ World Cup season continued with 17th and 30th placed finishes in Idre Fjall’s back-to-back Ski Cross World Cups, with the first of the two races granting Davies his second best result of the season after his exceptional seventh place finish in the last of 2022’s World Cup races in Innichen, Italy.
While the Para Alpine World Championships suffered schedule changes and delays due to high winds, the Para Nordic World Championships in Ostersund had enjoyed more serene conditions, and a pair of outstanding results for Britain’s sole competitor at this year’s Championships, Scott Meenagh. His fourth and seventh place finishes in the 7.5km Sprint Biathlon and 18km Individual Classic represented an outstanding demonstration of the skill and strength that Meenagh has shown over his years competing for Britain as a Para Nordic sit skier. The Championships are set to continue until 27 January with Meenagh’s form promising more excellent results.
In the Olympic Cross Country discipline, James Clugnet and Andrew Young took a stunning top-10 finish in the Livigno World Cup Team Sprint, with Clugnet also finishing in the top-20 in the Sprint Free race, coming 17th having qualified for Finals in 7th. Andrew Young came in 32nd, just outside of the qualifying sports for the Quarter Finals round.
The Telemark squad saw their first World Cup races of the season deliver a pair of fourth-place finishes for Jaz Taylor in dual sprint races in Carezza, Italy, with Timote Gough also picking up an excellent 12th place finish in the second of the week’s World Cup races.
At the World Junior Alpine Championships, Calum Langmuir picked up the best British men’s result since 2021 with 17th place in the Super-G competition, with an excellent run which saw him looking close to podium form until a tricky few gates near the bottom of the course. Meanwhile, the World University Games saw Britain’s snowsport athletes bank two medals with Scott Johns taking a first ever British WUGS Ski Cross Gold, while Thea Fenwick took bronze in the Freeski Slopestyle event, just ahead of teammate Olivia Burke in fourth. Jay Hebblethwaite also took fourth in the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle, while Ben Carpenter finished 22nd in both Alpine Snowboard Parallel SL and Parallel GS.
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GB Snowsport will take a squad of 12 athletes to the 47th edition of the Alpine World Championships, comprising the biggest British Alpine World Championships squad in recent history.
With British representation confirmed across Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Alpine Combined and Parallel, the squad travels with a wealth of talent combining some of the biggest names in Alpine skiing with some of the most exciting young talent in the British system.
In Slalom, the men’s World Cup Squad of Dave Ryding, Billy Major, and Laurie Taylor will be joined by Ed Guigonnet, while the women’s team will see Reece Bell, Victoria Palla, Charlie Guest, and Alex Tilley line up to compete. Guest and Tilley’s selection comes at a time that each are recovering from injuries sustained at the start of the year, with high hopes that both will be fit to compete.
Charlie Raposo, Calum Langmuir, Victoria Palla, and Alex Tilley have accepted selection for Giant Slalom, while Super G will see Langmuir, Roy Steudle and Owen Vinter in contention. Steudle will also compete in Downhill, where he is the sole British entrant, as well as Alpine Combined alongside Guigonnet, Langmuir and Vinter.
Parallel will have confirmed entries for Raposo and Langmuir, with Guigonnet and Tilley set to decide closer to competition.
Participation in the Team event will be determined based on an assessment of athlete fitness during the Championships, with the intention to enter a British team if availability and athlete health permits.
The Championships, which will run from 6 to 19 February in Courchevel and Meribel, will see the world’s top Alpine talent battle it out on French territory for the first time since the 2009 Championships in Val d’Isere.
Dave Ryding said:
“It’s great to be in the World Championships squad again, and even more so to be selected alongside so many brilliant British Alpine skiers. This will be my eighth World Championships, and I’m determined to put down the best runs that I can, as will everyone on the British team. Everybody in the squad has worked incredibly hard to reach this level, and I’m confident we can make a real mark on these Championships.”
Full Squad Selection:
- Dave Ryding (SL)
- Billy Major (SL)
- Laurie Taylor (SL)
- Charlie Raposo (GS, PAR)
- Ed Guigonnet (SL, AC)
- Calum Langmuir (GS, SG, AC, PAR)
- Roy Steudle (SG, DH, AC)
- Owen Vinter (SG, AC)
- Charlie Guest (SL)
- Alex Tilley (SL, GS)
- Reece Bell (SL)
- Victoria Palla (SL, GS)
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Header Image: Laurie Taylor competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Slalom on December 11, 2022 in Val d’Isere, France. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Britain’s Para Snowboard and Para Alpine squads were back in the medals this weekend, while Mia Brookes made history
Despite confirmation that the Para Snowboard World Championships have been delayed until March, James Barnes-Miller and Nina Sparks kept up the team’s excellent season in Pyha, Finland. Barnes-Miller’s double gold in the weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cup races capped a sensational weekend’s racing from the team, which also saw Sparks take silver and bronze across the two Europa Cup races, with Ollie Hill finishing fourth and eighth in his World Cup competitions.
The Para Alpine squad also took to the snow, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest taking a hard-fought Slalom silver in Veysonnaz, just 0.73s behind the race winner, Austria’s Veronika Aigner, with the Para Alpine World Championships now confirmed to take place as scheduled from 21-29 January in Espot, Spain.
The Freestyle Snowboard Big Air World Cup season drew to a close at the weekend, with Mia Brookes making history as she became the first athlete to stomp a flat-spin cab 1260 in a women’s World Cup competition on her way to a breath taking fifth place in Kreischberg. The result confirms a staggering first season on the World Cup circuit for 15-year-old Brookes, who was the youngest athlete to make the Finals field by a distance, and marks her out as perhaps the most exciting young talent in women’s Freestyle Snowboard.
Maisie Hill’s own excellent form continued, meanwhile, as she finished in tenth spot, just outside of Finals qualification, and adding to her own record of three top-10 places in four World Cup competitions to date.
At Wengen Alpine Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding came in just outside of the top-20 with a 21st place finish, the result meaning Ryding has hit the top-30 in all five Slalom World Cup races this season in a show of his consistency, despite suffering illness coming into the weekend’s races. Laurie Taylor finished outside of qualification for the second run, while Billy Major notched a DNF in the first run.
Earlier in the week, meanwhile, Victoria Palla became the latest British Alpine skier to make her World Cup debut, in the Flachau Slalom World Cup lodging a DNF, but winning valuable experience at the highest levels of the sport. Roy-Alexander Steudle took two top-40 finishes in the Sella Nevea Downhill EC, within Owen Vinter also finishing both races in 66th and 55th position respectively.
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13 British skiers and snowboarders, competing across five disiciplines, will represent Team GB at the 2023 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival
The British Olympic Association has today confirmed that 13 ski and snowboard athletes will travel to Friuli-Venezia Giulia as part of an 18 athlete Team GB to compete at the 2023 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
Six Alpine skiers, one Ski Cross athlete, one Freeskier, three Freestyle Snowboarders, one Snowboard Cross athlete and one Alpine Snowboarder will compete in the Festival’s snowsport disciplines against 14-18 year old athletes from almost 40 countries in one of the largest youth winter sport gatherings in the world.
EYOFs play an important role in the development of young British athletes, providing crucial multi-sport event experience and guiding them towards realising their Olympic ambitions.
Italy will become the first nation to host the event twice, 30 years after staging the inaugural Winter EYOF in Aosta in 1993. The competition will take place across the northern Italian territory of Friuli-Venezia Giulia as well as neighbouring regions in Austria and Slovenia, with over 2,000 atheltes from 40 nations expected to participate.
This year’s British delegation will follow in the footsteps of Katie Summerhayes, Chemmy Alcott, Kirsty Muir and many others who represented Team GB at youth events before going on to compete at a senior Olympic Winter Games.
Many of the young athletes selected for Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2023 have ambitions to do the same, and with the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games drawing closer, the Winter EYOF offers a valuable opportunity to build their confidence when competing on the international stage.
Pete Ambrose, Team GB Chef de Mission for Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2023, said:
“It is a huge honour to be the Chef de Mission and lead Team GB in Friuli Venezia Giulia. It will be the first time many of our young athletes experience the Olympic movement and is an invaluable opportunity for them to develop in an international competition of this level.
“While it may be many of the athletes’ first exposure to a multi-sport event environment, Team GB has a great history of youth athletes taking part in an EYOF and going on to become senior Olympians and medallists, so it will be great to help them use it as a foundation for future Games. It is a really exciting time to be a part of British winter sport.”
Olivia Howeson, said:
“I’ve been training hard in the run up to EYOF and have been really enjoying it, it makes me very excited for the Games and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can perform. It feels amazing to be able to represent my country, it’s always been a dream of mine and I’m very proud to be able to race for Team GB.”
Charlotte Holmes, said:
“I’m really excited to put what I’ve been doing in training on the big stage. It’s something I’ve been working towards over the past few years and to be able to do it with my teammates and meet new people is going to be really special.”
Snowsport Discipline Athletes Selected:
- Olivia Howeson (16, Welwyn Garden City)
- Charlotte Holmes (17, Burnley)
- Molly Butler (16, Guildford)
- George Black (17, Bury St Edmunds)
- Jack Irving (17, Carol Springs)
- Luca Carrick-Smith (17, Edinburgh)
- Bailey Webster (16, Castleford)
Freestyle Snowboard (Slopestyle and Big Air)
- Charlie Lane (15, Brighton)
- Teiva Hamaini (15, Gibraltar)
- Amber Fennell (15, Dudley)
- Jake Dade (16, Great Yarmouth)
- Samuel Carpenter (16, High Wycombe)
- Mackenzie Patrick (17, Frimley)
Header Image: Olivia Howeson. Photo Credit: Racer Ready.
33 athletes selected to race for British Children’s Ski Team for 2022/23 season
Following selection meetings held this week, GB Snowsport is pleased to announce the U16 and U14 athletes who have been selected to race in the International Children’s Races as part of the British Children’s Ski Team for the 2022/23 season. These athletes were selected in accordance with the criteria in the current GB Snowsport Selection Policy last updated on 11 November and ratified through the GBS appeals process.
Angus Matheson, Dante Adam Vidri, Freddy Carrick-Smith, George Brown, Hamish Blyth, Ian Menzies, Lewis Parton, Michael McIntosh, Quinn Bias-Derry, Zak Carrick-Smith
Alice Beveridge, Alina Kozersky, Autumn Train, Bella Sullivan, Brooke Baxter, Christina Dow, Emily Turner, Katie Saunders, Kira Langmuir, Tabitha Milkins, Tia Freshwater
Craig Menzies, Harrison Adkins, Jasper Freshwater, Rufus Wontner, Ryan Faber, Xavier Poynton
Alice Bond, Allegra Turton, Amelia Pietrzak, Darcy Davies, Evienne Arnold, Louisa McIntosh
GB Snowsport is delighted to announce the 11 athletes who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Alpine World Junior Ski Championships in Austria’s Saint Anton am Arlberg resort.
The 42nd edition of the Championships, which run from 16-25 January, is expected to see over 500 of the best young Alpine skiers represent 50 countries across 11 events in one of the biggest gatherings of Alpine skiing talent in the world.
The British squad features some of the nation’s finest young Alpine talent, with four of the team having raced in previous World Junior Ski Championships in Bankso, Bulgaria in 2021 and Panorama, Canada in 2022.
Daisi Daniels, who is set to compete in her third World Junior Ski Championships, shared her excitement at the challenges ahead:
“I’m really excited to have a third shot at the World Junior Ski Championships. The last two times I’ve competed there have been amazing for my technical development and gave me a real feel for the world’s biggest competitions. The GB team looks really strong, and hopefully we can show that out on the slopes.”
Calum Langmuir, who will be making his World Junior Ski Championships debut, said:
“It’s an honour to be selected for the British squad for these Championships, and I’m going to go out there to give it my best shot. I’m really pleased with my form so far this season, and if I can carry that into these Championships then I feel like I can hopefully put down a bit of a marker for the rest of the year.”
Full Squad Selections:
- Calum Langmuir (SL, GS, SG, DH)
- Robert Holmes (SL)
- Toby Case (SL)
- Jack Cunningham (GS)
- Dominic Shackleton (SL, GS, SG, DH)
- Louis de Pourtales (SL, SG)
- Max Laughland (GS, SG, DH)
- Alexa Elliff (SL, GS)
- Daisi Daniels (SL, GS)
- Isla Ward (SL, GS)
- Giselle Gorringe (SL, GS, SG, DH)
The Championships begin with two days of Downhill training on 17 and 18 January before the Downhill races on 19 January and a full race programme from 20-25 January. There will also be a Mixed Team Event in the format of a PGS held on the World Cup course in Lech-Zuers on 23 January; and new for this season, a test event in the form of a Team Alpine Combined on the 20 January.
Header Image: Daisi Daniels competes in Women’s Super-G during the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics on January 10 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)