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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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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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.
Britain’s first SBX World Cup gold of the season arrived with a superb double podium for Charlotte Bankes in back-to-back Cervinia Snowboard Cross World Cups
Having suffered the disappointment of a sickness-related withdrawal at the season’s first World Cup in Les Deux Alpes, Bankes was back in the familiar position of podium finishes, taking third place in the first World Cup race and first in the second of the weekend.
Those results being Bankes’ astonishing recent World Cup record to eleven podiums in the last thirteen World Cup competitions, including seven victories, and further cements her reputation as one of the finest snowsport athletes currently competing on the world circuit. Huw Nightingale found himself just outside the top-30 in both Men’s races, taking 31st and 33rd spot, and marking another step up in his young career having taken 52nd place the last time he was in Cervinia in 2021.
In the third Moguls World Cup competition of the month, Makayla Gerken Schofield’s stunning early-season form brought Britain’s best-ever single Moguls World Cup result as her fourth-place finish sparked jubilation among the British contingent in Alpe d’Huez, before backing it up with yet another top-10 with sixth in the Dual Moguls. Her score of 73.49 in the Singles left her less than 1.5 points off the podium, while her Dual Moguls performance saw match her previous best Dual Moguls result, secured in February 2021 in Deer Valley.
The men’s competitions saw enormous results for Will Feneley and Tom Gerken Schofield, with both taking top-10s in the Dual Moguls. Feneley’s eighth place finish, coming off the back of a 32nd in the Single Moguls, marked the best result of his World Cup career to date, while Gerken Schofield’s 10th place gave him his first top-10 finish since his history-making second place in Krasnoyarsk in February 2020. Mateo Jeannesson, meanwhile, took 21st place in both the Single and Dual Moguls marking an excellent return for the 18-year-old taking the best World Cup results of his career to date.
In the Copper Mountain Big Air World Cup, Freeski sensation Kirsty Muir equalled the third-best World Cup result of her career and her best Big Air World Cup result to date with a superb fifth place. Having qualified in second place, Muir then recorded a sensational 94 for the 1440 on her second Final jump before finishing in an excellent fifth spot, less than eight points outside of the podium positions.
The men’s contest saw British interest from Chris McCormick and James Pouch, with McCormick finishing in 36th spot and James Pouch in 50th.
In Cross-Country, James Clugnet continued the squad’s excellent season in Davos with a superb sixth place in the Sprint Free competition, the highest solo finish of his career to date. Andrew Young took 33rd with Andrew Musgrave finishing in 37th, before Musgrave took tenth place for his fourth top-10 of the season in the 20km F.
In Alpine, Laurie Taylor’s fourth place in the Obereggen Europa Cup was the pick of the results, while Charlie Raposo grabbed ninth place in the Zinal Europa Cup GS before coming 55th in the Alta Badia World Cup GS.
There were dual podiums for Britain’s Beijing Bronze Medallist and a career-best start to the Cross-Country season as the 2022-23 season gets into full flight
Ollie Hill’s memorable 2022 continued with the first Para Snowboard World Cup competition of the season returning gold and silver medals for the Beijing Paralympic Games bronze medallist. In back-to-back Banked Slalom World Cups in Landgraaf, Hill’s times of 35.81 and 16.16 were enough to secure first and second spot in strong fields featuring many of the athletes who lined up in Beijing for the Paralympic Winter Games.
Alongside Hill’s brace of podiums, James Barnes-Miller took fourth spot in the Men’s Banked Slalom Upper Limb 1 competition, while Jon-Allan Butterworth finished with 11th and 9th place finishes under his belt. In the Women’s Banked Slalom Lower Limb 1/2, Nina Sparks took two fourth place finishes, the second under 4s off the podium.
The Cross-Country season also got off to a fine start for Andrew Musgrave, with a fifth place finish in the Ruka World Cup 10km Classic marking his best ever start to a season in a result which saw him finish just 12s off an all-Norwegian podium of Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Paal Golberg, and Martin Loewstroem Nyenget, leaving him 4th in the Distance Cup and 7th in the overall World Cup standings. For Musgrave it marked a significant backing-up of his early season form in the non-FIS Beitosprint races earlier in November, which saw him finish third in the 10km Free and 19th in the 10km Classic.
James Clugnet and the newest member of the Cross-Country World Cup Squad, Joe Davies, also posted promising results in the Gala FIS races, with Clugnet taking sixth in the Sprint race after a crash in the final, while Davies took 30th in the 10km Free, less than a minute behind the winner, and 8th in U23s category.
In the Freeski Stubai World Cup, Tyler Harding delivered a sensational first round that saw him qualify for Finals in third spot and showcasing the raw talent that has seen him take previous World Cup top-10s in Font Romeu in 2017 and 2020. His final position of 13th after missing a grab on his second jump marks a superb return in only his second World Cup since January 2021, and his best finish since the Seiseralm World Cup in January 2020.
Meanwhile, an Alpine World Cup season that continues to be heavily impacted by challenging global weather conditions saw an almost record-shattering performance from Charlie Guest in the Levi Slalom World Cup, qualifying for the second run in ninth spot before a DNF scuppered chances of a career best finish, but highlighted the enormous strides Guest continues to make after a series of strong showings last season.
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Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes and Maisie hill all took top-10s in Chur, but the weather played havoc in Soelden as the 2022/23 World Cup season got underway
Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes, and Maisie Hill all secured top-10 finishes at the season-opening Chur Big Air World Cup as British athletes showed up strong on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 World Cup season.
In front of packed crowds, the Chur Big Air World Cup saw some of the world’s best Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard talent take to the snow, with Kirsty Muir and Chris McCormick carrying British interest in the opening Freeski competition, McCormick’s 28th place finish marking his second-best Big Air WC finish and his second time inside the top-30.
Muir, meanwhile, qualified for Finals in fourth before finishing up in seventh spot for her first Big Air WC top-10 finish having previously broken Big Air top-10s at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games, the FIS Junior World Ski Championships and in two European Cup competitions.
Saturday’s Freestyle Snowboard contest saw Billy Cockrell, Maisie Hill, and Mia Brookes line up for Britain, with the competition marking Brookes’ first venture onto the World Cup stage at the age of just 15. While all three found challenges in the speed of the set-up, Hill and Brookes both broke into the top-10 with Hill’s 10th place marking her second career WC top-10, and Brookes’ ninth place leaving her just short of the Finals on a terrific WC debut. Cockrelll’s 38th place on only his fourth Big Air World Cup also saw reasons for encouragement.
In Soelden, the Alpine season opener got off to a tricky start with the Women’s GS race cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, denying Alex Tilley the opportunity to return to the venue of her stunning 13th place finish last season. With conditions having improved enough to stage the men’s race the following day, Charlie Raposo missed out on qualification for the second run, coming in in 56th spot after the first run, just under 2s outside of the qualifying spots.
With weather conditions continuing to prove challenging across large parts of Europe, the next scheduled race dates in the Alpine calendar are 12-13 November Lech-Zuers Parallel World Cup.
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Header Image: Chris McCormick at Big Air WC Chur, October 2022. Photo: Ben Kinnear
British athletes return to the World Cup stage for the first time this season, as World Cup competitions are set for Chur, Switzerland, and Soelden, Austria
In Chur, the Big Air World Cup gets underway Friday-Saturday, with British athletes in both the Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard line-ups. In Freeski, Beijing Winter Olympian Kirsty Muir will be joined by Chris McCormick, while the Freestyle Snowboard competition will see Maisie Hill, Billy Cockrell and, on her World Cup debut, Mia Brookes line up to represent British interests.
Saturday-Sunday, meanwhile, will see Alex Tilley and Charlie Raposo line up in Soelden for the first Alpine World Cup meet of the season. For Tilley, the race marks a return to the site of her equal career-best World Cup performance, the 13th placed finish she secured 12 months ago. In the men’s GS, Raposo will be looking to build on a promising end to the 2022-23 season which saw him secure consecutive top-30 finishes in Kranjskar Gora, including a career-best 16th place in his last World Cup race before this weekend.
Chur Big Air – Freeski
- Chris McCormick
- Kirsty Muir
Chur Big Air – Freestyle Snowboard
- Mia Brookes
- Billy Cockrell
- Maisie Hill
Soelden World Cup – Giant Slalom
- Charlie Raposo
- Alex Tilley
Header Image: Alex Tilley at Soelden World Cup, October 2021. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun
Confirmation of the 2022-23 Freestyle Squad brings together some of the world’s most exciting ski and snowboard talent competing under the GB Snowsport banner
Reigning Snowboard Cross World Champion and Crystal Globe holder, Charlotte Bankes, is among the 52 athletes named today in the British Freestyle Ski and Snowboard squad ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season.
Featuring athletes competing across seven disciplines, the squad also boasts 9 World Cup, World Championship and X Games podium holders, as well as perhaps the world’s most exciting young snowboarder in Mia Brookes.
Brookes, who is set to make her World Cup debut as part of the Freestyle “A” Squad, heads into the season off the back of a record of eight victories and one runner-up spot from nine competitions in the 2021/22 season as well as three ANZ competition wins in Perisher, Australia this summer. She is joined by Beijing Olympian Katie Ormerod, Maisie Hill, Billy Cockrell, Jamie Nicholls and Fin Bremner in an exciting Slopestyle/Big Air line-up which also includes Liam Tynan, Lenny Fenning, Charlie Lane, Teiva Hamaini, Amber Fennell, and Emily Rothney in the ‘B’ Squad. Siddartha Ullah, meanwhile, takes a ‘B’ Squad spot as the sole member of the British Freestyle Snowboard Half Pipe line-up. Matt McCormick, who has been an integral part of the Freestyle Snowboard squad since 2015, will be stepping away from the World Class Programme squad environment owing to the effects of a long-lasting concussion. Matt will focus on other projects while remaining a part of the snowboard community, and will always remain a valued and highly-respected part of the GB Snowsport family.
Charlotte Bankes will compete alongside Maisie Potter and fellow Beijing Olympian Huw Nightingale in the Snowboard Cross World Cup Squad, while a nine-person Ski Cross Squad will see World Cup Squad members Ollie Davies and Emma Peters joined by Tommy Dade, Scott Johns, Owen Johns, Gregory Baillie, Max Vaughton, Patrick Young, Alannah Lawrie, and Claire Winthrop in the Europa Cup Squad.
In a Freeski Slopestyle and Big Air ‘A’ Squad roster packed full of experience at the top of the sport, Beijing competitors James Woods, Katie Summerhayes and Kirsty Muir have been selected alongside 2018 Olympic medallist Izzy Atkin and are joined by Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick, James Pouch, Tom Greenway and Connie Brogden. Jasper Klein, Felix Klein, Justin Taylor-Tipton, Mason Ferebee, and Dylan Boyes make up the ‘B’ Squad.
Fresh from her Olympic debut in Beijing, Zoe Atkin is the sole Freeski Halfpipe ‘A’ Squad competitor for the coming season, with Sam Gaskin and Sam Ward both selected in the ‘B’ Squad. Gus Kenworthy, whose final competition came in the Beijing Olympic Winter Games Halfpipe Final, leaves the Squad as one of the most iconic Freeskiers of all time, following confirmation of his retirement.
A number of athletes named across the squads are included on provisional selection status, pending their ability to hit agreed criteria during the coming season.
Speaking after the squad announcement, Mia Brookes said:
“I can’t wait for the season to get started and to get going with all the other guys on the GB squad. The last couple of years have been insane, and this year’s a big opportunity for me to show the world what I can do. I’ve grown up seeing what Katie and Jamie have done for British snowboarding over the past few years, and training alongside them is pretty cool.”
Chris McCormick said:
“Looking ahead it’s definitely going to be a busy season with a lot of contests in the calendar. It’s an exciting time with plenty of experience in the team as well as some new faces and we’re all stoked to show what British Freeskiing is capable of.”
Head Coach, Pat Sharples, added:
“We’re really proud to name a Freestyle Squad with so many of the world’s biggest names in its ranks. Our Freestyle skiers and snowboarders are some of the most exciting athletes in the world, and the blend of experience and emerging talent in the British ranks is super exciting.
“Everyone selected in this year’s Squad should be really proud of themselves, and I’d like to particularly congratulate all the athletes selected for the first time this year. This is such an exciting time to be part of this team and we can expect to see some huge performances over the next 10 months.”
Freeski – Slopestyle & Big Air
- Izzy Atkin
- Connie Brogden
- Tom Greenway
- Tyler Harding
- Chris McCormick
- Kirsty Muir
- James Pouch
- Katie Summerhayes
- James Woods
- Dylan Boyes
- Mason Ferebee
- Felix Klein
- Jasper Klein
- Justin Taylor-Tipton
Freeski – Half Pipe
- Zoe Atkin
- Sam Gaskin
- Sam Ward
Freestyle Snowboard – Slopestyle & Big Air
- Fin Bremner
- Mia Brookes
- Billy Cockrell
- Maisie Hill
- Jamie Nicholls
- Katie Ormerod
- Roahan Duncan
- Amber Fennell
- Lenny Fenning
- Teiva Hamaini
- Max Jorges
- Charlie Lane
- Euan Rogers
- Emily Rothney
- Liam Tynan
Freestyle Snowboard – Half Pipe
- Siddhartha Ullah
World Cup Squad
- Will Feneley
- Leonie Gerken Schofield
- Makayla Gerken Schofield
- Thomas Gerken Schofield
- Mateo Jeannesson
- Skyler Nunn
World Cup Squad
- Ollie Davies
- Emma Peters
Europa Cup Squad
- Gregory Baillie
- Tommy Dade
- Alannah Lawrie
- Owen Johns
- Scott Johns
- Max Vaughton
- Claire Winthrop*
- Patrick Young*
World Cup Squad
- Charlotte Bankes
- Huw Nightingale*
- Maisie Potter*
* Provisional selections pending meeting criteria by dates agreed by the Coaching team