Cross-Country – Sognefjellet, Norway
Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet with Austria’s Mika Vermeulen
Freestyle Ski & Snowboard – Genk, Belgium
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
World Cup Squad
World Cup Squad
Europa Cup Squad
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* Provisional selections pending meeting criteria by dates agreed by the Coaching team
British athletes were back on snow this month as pre-season training kicked up a gear ahead of the resumption of the 2022/23 World Cup programme in October.
During a phased return to the slopes, as each discipline takes advantage of enhanced athlete testing, conditioning, and fitness work, the men’s Alpine squad were into training in Stelvio, while the Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard travelled to Genk, Belgium, for training blocks on cutting-edge Air Bag facilities and to Manchester for UK camps and screening sessions.
Meanwhile, the Ski and Snowboard Cross and Para Snowboard squads have been in Les Deux Alpes for on-snow training blocks, with Ski and Snowboard Cross also travelling into Corsica for bike camp training, while Moguls have banked dry land and water camp training as preparations for the new season ramp up. The Cross Country squad have been put through their paces in Bo, Norway, with a camp taking in the Rollerski World Cup, which saw Andrew Young take fourth place and James Clugnet fifth, with the Para Nordic squad also taking part in the British Rollerski Championships.
For others the preparations continue at home with athletes from the Moguls, Cross Country, and Ski and Snowboard Cross teams helping support Home Nations competitions and development programmes across the country.
“With pre-season now underway, it’s great to see how high motivation is among all the athletes, coaches, and support staff, especially after such a busy last year. For the first time in a long time, it feels like we’ve come out of the stresses and the challenges of managing the pandemic and the preparations for Beijing, and this year really gives us all a fresh start as we lead up to Milan-Cortina.
“We’ve got a lot of training and a lot of hard work still to come, but it’s really exciting to be counting down to the start of the new season.”
Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet with Austria’s Mika Vermeulen
Image Credits: Jostein Vinjerui, Ben Kinnear
As a season of record-breaking highs and heart-breaking disappointments draws to a close, the British snowsport scene can look back on a year where the history books were rewritten, even as we felt the joy and the despair of an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other.
In Beijing, British athletes battled covid restrictions, challenging snow conditions, crashes, injuries, and disruption, and returned home with pride, disappointment, new successes, agonising defeats and, from the Paralympic squad, six medals from the Alpine and Snowboard events. But those are results that only tell a fraction of the story.
On the World Cup and World Championships stages, British athletes took 26 podiums with Charlotte Bankes’ Crystal Globe winning Snowboard Cross season and Dave Ryding’s history-making Slalom victory in Kitzbuehel leading the way. Europa Cup contests added another 25, including four for the remarkable Mia Brookes, each a victory, and all before she has turned 16 years of age. FIS level races saw British athletes notch another 12 podiums, including seven victories, in Alpine, Freeski, Snowboard and Ski Cross. World Championships and World Junior Championships, meanwhile, accounted for an additional nine. On podium places alone, British skiers and snowboarders at every level, are showing themselves among the world’s best athletes.
And off the slopes, yet more progress has been made. New partners in Redrow, Fusalp, and Williams Advanced Engineering have helped to grow the sport at home and overseas. More work is underway to champion equality and diversity at every level. Efforts to bring our sport closer to people at home have taken root.
We cannot, though, forget the frustration felt in Beijing. For the Olympic squad to return without a medal was a disappointment given the good form of so many athletes going into the Games, but even among the sense of missed opportunities there were green shoots to be found. Kirsty Muir’s Olympic debut hinted at the promise her talent holds, Makayla Gerken-Schofield’s best-ever Moguls result for a British Olympic skier, and Zoe Atkin’s top-10 in the Halfpipe all showed a core of young talent with their best years ahead of them.
Even as the emotions of defeat were present, so the grit and determination among the team came to the fore, whether in Leonie Gerken-Schofield’s ability to get back up again and put down a run after a fall in the Moguls, Charlotte Bankes’ breath-taking display of overtaking in the Snowboard Cross Team event after her shock elimination in the Women’s competition, or Gus Kenworthy’s determination to finish his Olympic career with a clean run after a bone-shuddering fall in the Halfpipe Finals.
Where Olympic results didn’t deliver a medal, the Paralympic squad was a regular fixture on the podium throughout the Games. Its six medals – one gold, one silver, and four bronze – came through a mix of old hands (Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick both adding to their remarkable Paralympic records) and new blood (medals on debut for Neil Simpson and, for Ollie Hill a first ever British Paralympic snowboarding medal), and built on a World Championships that saw Britain return home with seven medals from Lillehammer.
As one four-year cycle draws to a close another begins, and eyes are already beginning to turn to Milan-Cortina, the venue for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As plans for that cycle begin to take shape both the current and the next generation of British stars are making an ever-stronger mark.
As a country and as a Governing Body, we are still at the beginning of our journey to become one of the world’s leading snowsport nations. Results aside, the performance standard for British snowsport athletes has increased dramatically in the four years since the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic squads the strongest a British team has ever sent to a Winter Games. These are the levels that athletes will now have to meet and exceed as Milan-Cortina approaches, and the potential that a new generation of skiers and snowboarders is showing gives us reason for optimism.
In Snowboard Cross, the first Crystal Globe of Charlotte Bankes’ career shows the depth and consistency of her talent, with Huw Nightingale also enjoying a breakthrough season, while Ski Cross prospects are encouraging with Ollie Davies and Max Vaughton both making an impact this year.
In Alpine, Charlie Guest continues to go from strength-to-strength, with repeated forays into World Cup top-20 spots, while Reece Bell’s long-awaited World Cup debut has arrived, and Charlie Raposo has delivered the best British men’s performances in Giant Slalom for decades.
The Para Nordic squad has grown in stature with a series of career-best performances over the season hinting at the potential to come, while in the Para Snowboard ranks new talent continues to break through with Ollie Hill, Nina Sparks, and Jon-Allan Butterworth all bolstering British hopes at the highest levels.
Mateo Jeannesson’s development in Moguls has catapulted him to the top of the podium.
Mia Brookes looks ready to conquer the world after a season which saw her take eight wins and one runner up spot from nine FIS, Europa Cup and Junior World Championship event entries.
The country’s Freeski prospects look encouraging, with Kirsty Muir, Zoe and Izzy Atkin, Connie Brogden, and Tyler Harding all showing promise this year.
The future, then, looks in good hands. But in the present, the 2021/22 season leaves behind a moment that will never be forgotten in British snowsport history. As the man himself said, “I remember in the past comments like ‘Ah, I’ve been beaten by a Brit’, or calling us an ‘exotic’ nation. Those comments have gone pretty quiet now. I’ve always said to the younger generation that it’s possible; I don’t have to say that anymore. I can just put the video on and say: ‘watch that’.”
A victory to showcase a great sportsman’s talent, and to mark Britain’s place on the global snowsport map.
Header image: Charlie Guest at Schladming World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ David Geieregger
Beijing 2022 teammates Katie Summerhayes and Kirsty Muir were back in World Cup action this weekend, with each taking a top-8 spot in the Freeski Slopestyle World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland. Muir, who hasn’t once finished outside of the top-8 this season, took sixth with a score of 64.50, while for Summerhayes her 76.00 was enough to secure fourth spot and with it her best result of the season.
In the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle World Cup, Chris McCormick took 12th spot to record his second best result this season after his stunning seventh in Stubai in November, while Tyler Harding came in in 47th spot.
Silvaplana also saw the world’s best snowboarding talent in action, with Katie Ormerod finishing up in eighth spot in Slopestyle. Maisie Hill was also back in World Cup action after her outstanding WC debut last week, this time taking 19th spot. In the Men’s competition, Billy Cockrell was also in action, finishing up in 33rd spot.
In Ski Cross, Ollie Davies banked a pair of excellent results in Les Contamines with victory in the French National Championships followed up with ninth spot in the weekend’s Europa Cup races. Davies’ NC victory marks his first time at the top of the podium since victory in the Junior World Ski Championships back in 2018, while his Europa Cup top-10 equals his best World Cup finish of the season from earlier this month in Veysonnaz. Alannah Lawrie also saw a week of encouraging Ski Cross results, with third place in the FIS race at Albrechtice v Jizerskych horach, Czechia, followed by 11th and 16th place Europa Cup finishes in Les Contamines, alongside an 18th place in the National Championships race.
In Alpine, Owen Vinter’s pair of Super-G victories on the first day of the GB Alpine Championships marked a standout performance from the young Brit, while World Cup squad member Laurie Taylor took an excellent second place finish in the Slalom at the Swiss National Championships in Seefeld. Rob Poth, meanwhile, took his first ever FIS race victory with first place in the Slalom in Rogla, Slovenia.
At the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland, Koby Cook came an excellent fifth in the Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle, the result following his 24th place finish in the earlier Big Air contest.
Mateo Jeannesson’s excellent late-season form continued, meanwhile, coming fifth at the Moguls World Junior Championships in Chiesa, Italy, while in Snowboard Cross Huw Nightingale came in eighth in the Europa Cup races in Lenk, Switzerland, before finishing up in 25th in the Swiss National Championships.
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Header Image: Ollie Davies competing this month. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber
GB Snowsport are pleased to announce the GB Snowsport athletes that have been selected to compete at the 2022 Freestyle Junior World Ski & Snowboard Championships.
The following GB Snowsport athletes have been selected to compete at the Championships (7-13 March in Leysin, Switzerland for Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard and 25-31 March in Valmalenco, Italy for Moguls):
The appeals window for all selections is open until 13:00 on Monday 28 February 2022. Further information is available in the GB Snowsport Selection Policy.
Amid challenging weather conditions, Gus Kenworthy‘s glittering career drew to a close with a top-8 finish in the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe. After a scratch run on his first attempt and a huge smash on his second, there were questions over whether Kenworthy would be able to make it out for a third run. Ultimately he did, putting down a 71.25 to finish in eighth position, offering a reminder of his enduring class and impact in Freeski.
Having competed at the previous two Olympic Winter Games for the USA, Kenworthy switched representation to Team GB for his final Games appearance and helped ensure another Freestyle top-10 finish for British skiers at the Beijing Games, to go alongside those for Kirsty Muir (twice), Katie Summerhayes, Zoe Atkin, and Makayla Gerken Schofield.
Speaking after the Finals, Kenworthy said:
“Today was a pretty big struggle, we showed up and it was the windiest it has been since we’ve been here in Beijing, very, very cold.
“Just tough conditions to compete in. I think everybody had to end up modifying their run and adapting what they were doing and I did too.
“I still felt pretty good and felt that I could potentially do well and end up on the podium but I knew it was going to take a well executed run which is hard when it’s like this.
“Second run I had a pretty bad slam. I was feeling sore and knew that my third run was going to be my last contest run ever and that was my motivation.
“I dug deep and was able to put it down but it was pretty loose and windy, it wasn’t the run I wanted to do but I was grateful to make it down in one piece and end on my feet.
“I was still planning on doing a switch double on the second to last hit, I felt the wind as I was coming into it. That happened in my first run and I fell on that trick and I didn’t want to fall on the same trick on my last go.
“I felt the wind and did a switch 720, then had a bit of a weird landing at the bottom. It’s all good, it wasn’t quite what I hoped for but I’m still pretty proud of it.
“I’ve had a great time, I feel very lucky to be back here for a third Games and doing it for Team GB has been awesome. I just love all the people at the programme and the other athletes.
“The Olympics has changed my life, it has provided so much, all the opportunities I’ve had through skiing and my silver medal [for USA at Sochi 2014] is crazy to me and I feel very lucky.
“This last performance was for my mum and doing it for GB.
“I hope I made her proud, I’m sure I did. It wasn’t a medal or quite what I set out for but it all comes down to the day and it was a tough day today.”
Poor weather conditions forced a last-minute shortening of the Men’s 50km Mass Start Free course to a 28.4km circuit, a decision which frustrated Andrew Musgrave, whose preparations had geared towards the longer distance. Despite the late change, Musgrave got off to a super start which saw him sitting in second at around the quarter race mark and held in the leading pack up until just after the halfway mark, but fell back in the final quarter of the race to finish a respectable 12th position.
Speaking afterwards, Musgrave reflected:
“It was a bit of a tough one. I was feeling a lot better today than in the two previous ones I’ve done.
“It was a little bit strange that the 50km suddenly got changed to a shorter race. But I couldn’t really do anything about that and just had to go out and make the best of it.
“I was feeling pretty good but on the second lap France’s Maurice Manificat increased the pace a wee bit and I felt it was just a little bit too fast.
“Out on the third lap, I was a little bit in the red and just couldn’t keep pace with the front guys. It was a fight to not lose too much time and keep my position.
“It ended up being a lot better day than the previous two races but it wasn’t quite what I dreamed of either.
“I was a little bit annoyed [at the change of distance]. 50km is meant to be the ultimate endurance race and I felt like it wasn’t quite the same.
“I like 30km as well, I know I’m strong on both of them. It’s a similar sort of race, preparation and warm-ups are all the same. I was annoyed but at the same time it didn’t affect my preparation.”
Header Image: Gus Kenworthy during Freeski Halfpipe Finals training at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 19th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.
A Finalist on his final tilt at the Olympic Winter Games, Gus Kenworthy will be seeking his second Olympic medal after his silver from the Sochi Games in 2014. Having qualified for the FInal in 12th spot, Kenworthy will have three shots at the Halfpipe as he looks to sign off on a storied career which has seen him bank no fewer than six Halfpipe World Cup podiums including three top spots.
The first competitors drop in at 1:30am.
Watch on: BBC and Eurosport
Andrew Musgrave will be looking to save his best until last from a challenging Games when the Men’s Cross-Country 50km Mass Start Free gets underway at 6:00am. Having taken 53rd spot in Sochi and 34th place in PyeongChang, Musgrave will be looking for improved performances at a Games where race conditions have proved a significant challenge.
Watch on: Eurosport and across the BBC
Header Image: Gus Kenworthy during Freeski Halfpipe qualification training at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 17th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.
Zoe Atkin’s Freeski Halfpipe Final got off to the worst possible start with two falls on her first two runs, but a brave third shot was enough to bank her a top-10 finish on her Olympic debut. Having qualified for the Finals in fourth place, hopes were high for Atkin going into the Finals, but a combination of challenging conditions and efforts to push the difficulty of her runs to challenge for medal positions saw her first two runs end in falls.
After speaking to her sister Izzy, an Olympic medallist in 2018, Zoe managed to hold her composure to put down a 73.25 on her third run and secure a ninth place finish in her first shot at the Olympic Winter Games.
Afterwards, Zoe said:
“On my first two runs I fell, so I definitely had some pressure on me on the third run.
“I wanted to put down a better run but unfortunately I just didn’t really have the speed for the tricks I wanted to complete.
“I opted for a safety run to put one down. I’ve got mixed feelings as I wasn’t able to do the run that I wanted to and be higher up in the ranks but I’m still in the Olympic final on my Olympic debut.
“I planned a harder run than my qualifciation one and as soon as I landed my second trick, I was going into my third and I knew I didn’t have the speed – I only went a foot out of the halfpipe. I did the best I could with the speed I had.
“I know [Izzy’s] gutted she wasn’t able to be here to watch me and support but I know she’s at home watching and supporting me from afar.
“I called her after my second run because I was a little teary – I was really nervous. She gave me some advice and told me that I got it. She’s here in spirit.
“I learned a lot. Putting one down under pressure and being able to get over the excitement of such a big competition.
“I’m hoping I can learn some bigger tricks and go bigger out of the halfpipe and get a lot smoother with my skiing and be able to put one down in 2026.”
Ollie Davies became Britain’s first ever male Olympic Ski-Cross competitor as the 24-year-old made his Olympic debut a year on from his stunning fourth place finish at the 2021 World Ski Championships. Finishing his Seeding Run in 31st position, Davies came fourth in his last-32 heat, with the ROC’s Igor Omelin and Canada’s Kevin Drury progressing to the Quarter Finals.
For Davies, the Olympic appearance marks exciting progress for an athlete who was only taking their first steps onto the World Cup circuit at the time of the PyeongChang Games in 2018.
After his elimination, Davies said:
“It’s pretty raw right now, I’m pretty gutted. I made a mistake at the start and I was playing catch-up from then onwards.
“It’s a track that’s not particularly easy to pass and I was too far off at the back from one mistake at the start, that’s it.
“I want to come back and do better. Same thing, more work, more grind and just as much racing to come back stronger.
“Right now I’m still processing what happened but hopefully I can reflect and come back.”
Header Image: Zoe Atkin during Freeski Halfpipe Finals at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 18th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.
Fresh from qualifying in fourth spot, Zoe Atkin will be looking to emulate her older sister Izzy’s achievements at the PyeongChang Games by bringing home a Freeski medal for Team GB. The twelve Finalists will each take three runs at the Halfpipe, the first starting at 1:30am, with podium positions expected to be confirmed by 3:00am.
Watch on: BBC and Eurosport
Guildford-born Ollie Davies became the first Brit to compete in the Big Final at a Ski Cross World Championships a year ago, and he’s now set to make his Olympic debut at Genting Snow Park.
Seeding runs get underway from 3:45am with the knock-out stages then beginning at 6:00am.
Watch on: BBC and Eurosport
Header Image: Zoe Atkin during Freeski Halfpipe Qualification at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 17th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.