A landmark new snowsport talent pathways project led by Snowsport England has launched this week with GB Snowsport’s support.
The new programme, announced yesterday by Snowsport England, will focus on increased participation in Moguls and Ski Cross, while providing athletes with developments in skills applicable to multiple snowsport disciplines.
A team of coaches led by Paul Telling (Snowsport England Cross-Discipline Pathway Coach), Luke Feneley (Ski Cross) and Joss Englert (Moguls) will oversee the delivery of the programme, with support from GB Snowsport Head of Talent, Mark Ritchie, and coaches and support staff from across the Home Nations Snowsport system.
The programme will be based out of domestic training facilities, and will provide opportunities for aspiring British athletes to hone the skills that will allow them to progress in Moguls or Ski Cross, or to develop capabilities that will support successful transition between snowsport disciplines.
Speaking about the project’s launch, Paul Telling said: “The UK has a huge number of exciting young skiers, and several excellent ski centres and facilities that are keen to be involved in the development of these future champions.
“By providing more opportunities for skiers to develop the skills needed for Ski Cross and Moguls, and more opportunities for skiers to try multiple disciplines, we give ourselves the best chance of increasing participation and raising standards, helping GBS to talent spot the next generation of Olympic athletes.”
Ollie Davies, GB Snowsport Ski Cross World Cup squad member and Beijing 2022 Olympian, said: “Ski Cross is an exciting discipline. For more young and up and coming racers to have the opportunity to try Ski Cross on the domestic scene is great. Hopefully it can be the beginning in shaping the next generation of Olympic Ski Cross competitors.”
Will Feneley, Moguls World Cup squad member and also a member of the Team GB squad at Beijing 2022, added: “It’s great to see initiatives like this being put in place. Mogul skiing has been a particularly hidden discipline in the UK, so it’s nice to see that opportunities are being put in place for younger skiers to come through, try the sport out, and take steps towards the top.”
We are pleased to be supporting Snowsport England in this programme as part of our wider commitment to supporting a broader, deeper pipeline of athletes in the British snowsport system.
Header Image: Skier, Will Feneley for Team GB during moguls qualification second run at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 5th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.
As thoughts turn towards pre-season, we look back at an historic 2021/22 season for GB Snowsport athletes
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.
26 World Cup and World Championship podiums
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.
Highs and lows in Beijing
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.
A new cycle begins
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.
Britain’s Kitzbuehel King
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
Katie Summerhayes ended the World Cup season with her best result of the year, while Ollie Davies, Alannah Lawrie, Laurie Taylor and Rob Poth all grabbed podium places
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
Podiums and landmark results were the order of the week, as Britain’s ski and snowboard stars continued their charge in the late stages of the 2021/22 season
Charlotte Bankes’ Crystal Globe winning season drew to a close in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where, with her parents in attendance, she recorded her fifth Snowboard Cross World Cup victory of a dominant season.
At the site of her second ever World Cup victory back in 2017, Bankes was in typically assured form to win out ahead of Faye Gulini of the US and French boarder Manon Petit-Lenoir, who made the podium for only the second time in her career. The result leaves Bankes with 669 World Cup points this season, comfortably clear of her nearest rivals, Italian Michela Moioli with 501 and France’s Chloe Trespeuch on 464, and means Bankes’ World Cup season records reads: eight races, seven podiums, five victories.
Also in Veysonnaz this weekend, Ollie Davies banked the best World Cup result of his Ski Cross career with a superb ninth placed finish on Saturday. The result marks the first time Davies has broken into a World Cup top-10 spot, having come close at Val Thorens in December where he finished up in 11th. In a gripping contest, Davies fought hard through every turn to lay down a marker as thoughts begin to turn to next season’s race calendar.
Congratulations to @olliedavies73 on a brilliant 9️⃣th place in Veysonnaz!
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Meanwhile, British interests in Ski Cross FIS level competition were boosted by excellent results for Greg Baillie and Patrick Young who took fifth and tenth spots respectively in Albrechtice v Jizerskych in Czechia.
In Alpine, Dave Ryding’s history-making season drew to a close at the World Cup Finals in Courchevel/Meribel. Skiing in bib 1, Ryding was well placed in sixth at the turn, before a tricky second run saw him finish up in 21st spot in a season which will be chiefly remembered for his historic World Cup victory in Kitzbuehel in January, and his exceptional second place finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a month later.
"We still call this man 𝐒𝐢𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐞" ⚔️
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Having finished his own World Cup season last week, Laurie Taylor returned to Alpine Europa Cup action with his fourth top-10 finish of the season, an excellent eighth place in the Soldeu Europa Cup.
Mia Brookes added yet another Freestyle Snowboard competition victory to her astonishing season, with first place in the Laax European Cup Premium Slopestyle competition. The result means of Brookes’ nine competitions across Slopestyle and Big Air this season, only one has ended without her on top of the podium, that ending in a second-place finish. In the men’s competition, Jamie Nicholls returned to FIS competition for the first time in 18 months to record his first podium since taking a World Cup third place in Czechia in 2017. His third-place finish came as the eldest competitor in the starting line-up and capped a remarkable return to competitive Freestyle Snowboard for the two-time Olympian.
At Spindleruv Mlyn, Czechia, 21-year-old Maisie Hill made her Freestyle Snowboard World Cup debut with an excellent seventh-place finish in the Slopestyle competition. Qualifying from tenth spot, Hill banked an excellent 58.50 in the Final to secure an exceptional result. Joining her in the Final was Katie Ormerod, in her first World Cup appearance since the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, her score of 35.75 good enough to finish up just one place behind her teammate, Hill, in eighth.
In the men’s competition, Billy Cockrell also made his first World Cup appearance since January, taking 28th place in the Men’s Slopestyle Finals.
In Moguls, Mateo Jeannesson took the first podiums of his career in with two astonishing Europa Cup performances in Livigno, Italy. A brilliant third place in the Single Moguls on Wednesday was bettered by a breath-taking victory in the Dual Moguls the next day, as one of the youngest athletes in the field. During an excellent season which also saw Jeannesson take two top-10 spots in Krispl, Austria, and Bad Wiessee, Germany, the two results in Livigno mark him out as a skier to watch in the coming years.
What an epic couple of days for Mateo Jeannesson at the Livigno Moguls Europa Cup!
🥇 Dual Moguls
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) March 17, 2022
Finally, in Telemark, Jaz Taylor’s superb season continued with another two World Cup podiums in Krvavec, Slovenia, where she took third place in the Classic and second place in the Sprint, before finishing the weekend’s competition with fourth place in the Parallel Sprint.
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Header Image: Charlotte Bankes celebrates at Veysonnaz World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber
Dave Ryding’s sensational season continued in Germany, Andrew Young and James Clugnet were back in World Cup action, while Mia Brookes continued her perfect season, and the Moguls squad grabbed podiums and top-10s in Austria
The Alpine World Cup season got back into full swing following the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, with a stunning fifth career World Cup podium for Dave Ryding in the second of the weekend’s double-header in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Having taken a 20th place finish in the first of the weekend’s WC races on Saturday, Ryding stormed back with a superb second run in Sunday’s race to move from 19th spot at the turn to take second place and the fifth World Cup podium of his career.
The result, which saw him finish just 0.35s behind Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, puts Ryding fourth in the Slalom World Cup standings, and marks the first time he’s stood on a World Cup podium more than once in a season. Billy Major and Laurie Taylor also turned out in both races, Major coming 43rd in the weekend’s first race before a DNF in Sunday’s race, and Taylor taking 54th on Sunday following a DNF on Saturday.
Andrew Young and James Clugnet were also back in World Cup action in Lahti, Finland, with Young taking a top-10 in the Sprint Free, coming in eighth spot. Clugnet, who qualified in fourth, had to settle for 26th in the Final, and followed it up with a 52nd place finish in the 15km Classic, with Young finishing 26th. The results confirmed a season-best performance for Young in the Sprint Free, while for Clugnet the weekend’s action marked a best-ever Prologue as well as his highest ever Classic distance finish.
In Freestyle Snowboard, Mia Brookes’ season card currently reads: entered six, won six after another pair of first-place Europa Cup finishes in Goetschen, Germany in Big Air and Slopestyle. Both competitions saw Brookes up against a number of athletes who competed for their countries in Beijing at the Olympic Winter Games, with her ability to mix it with the world’s best becoming increasingly apparent.
Meanwhile, the Moguls squad grabbed a host of top-10 finishes at the Krispl Europa Cup, topped by silver medals for Leonie Gerken Schofield and Will Feneley. In the men’s competitions, Feneley took silver with Tom Gerken Schofield securing a top-10 finish with tenth spot, and a 14th place for Mateo Jeannesson on the first day, before Feneley doubled up on podium finishes, coming third on the Sunday, with Jeannesson taking sixth and Thomas Gerken Schofield another tenth. In the women’s section, Leonie Gerken Schofield’s Saturday silver was followed by a fourth-place finish on the Sunday, capping an outstanding weekend of skiing for the British squad.
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Header Image: Dave Ryding celebrates at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Slalom World Cup, 27 February 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun
Day 3 of the Beijing Games saw makayla gerken schofield make history for GB in the moguls, while Andrew Musgrave began his fourth Olympic campaign
Makayla makes MOGULS history
Makayla Gerken Schofield made British history in the Moguls, securing the nation’s best ever Moguls result at an Olympic Winter Games with her eighth place finish. Qualifying through her first run score from Thursday, Makayla then put down a breathtaking run in the first final to secure her place in the final 12, before a score of 73.04 in the first final saw her deliver an historic result for her country.
Speaking afterwards, Makayla said: “I’m still speechless. I can’t really believe it, I don’t know when it’s going to sink in but I think there’s going to be a lot of tears. Top eight is mind-blowing to be honest. I had so much fun skiing the course, it’s absolutely stunning.”
Leonie Gerken Schofield, making her own Olympic debut, recovered from a DNF on Thursday’s first qualifier to land a strong second run that secured her a 27th place finish, the 23-year-old matching the result of her teammate in the Men’s competition, Will Feneley.
17th for Musgrave in Gruelling Skiathlon
Andrew Musgrave‘s fourth Olympic campaign got underway at the Zhangjiakou National Cross-Country Skiing Centre with a 17th place finish in the 15km + 15km Skiathlon. In a gruelling high-altitude race that saw almost 20 of the field lapped, the 31-year-old came into the switch in 17th position, and maintained his ranking through to the finish.
Musgrave’s focus now turns to the 15km classic on 11 February, where he’ll be joined in the field by Andrew Young.
Header Image: Makayla Gerken Schofield competing at Beijing 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner
Day 3 of the Olympic Winter Games will see British skiers in action in the Moguls and Cross-Country competitions
As we head into the third day of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, three British athletes are set to take to the slopes in two disciplines.
Leonie Gerken Schofield and Makayla Gerken Schofield will both have their second shot at qualifying for the Moguls Finals with Qualifying Round 2 getting underway at 10:00am UK time from the Genting Snow Park. Leonie and Makayla will be looking to build on DNF and 12th placed finishes respectively, with the Finals taking place from 11:30am.
Watch on: Eurosport and BBC Online
Andrew Musgrave is set to commence his fourth Olympic Winter Games campaign in the Men’s 15km + 15km Skiathlon tomorrow from 7:00am. Taking place at the Zhangjiakou National Cross-Country Skiing Centre, the event is a two-stage race with the first stage raced in the classic technique, before the racers change skis at a transition area and continue racing on skating skis using the free technique.
Watch on: BBC Two and Eurosport
Header Image: Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022, Makayla Gerken Schofield in the first Moguls qualification round. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner
Day 2 of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games saw Katie Ormerod make her long-awaited debut as an Olympian, while Will Feneley came in 27th in the moguls on his Olympic debut
Pride for Ormerod on Olympic Debut
Four years after injury wrecked her prospects of an Olympic debut in PyeongChang, Katie Ormerod finally became an Olympian as she stepped out at the top of the Genting Snow Park Snowboard Slopestyle course a little after 2:45am UK time. With the top-12 qualifiers progressing to tomorrow’s Final, Ormerod’s score of 47.38 was only enough to see her finish in 18th place, in a qualifying round dominated by New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott.
Ormerod, who will have another shot at Olympic glory in the Big Air competition later in the Games programme, told the BBC “It feels amazing to be able to call myself an Olympian.”
“I’ve been waiting years to finally say that,” she continued, “to drop in and compete at an Olympics. It feels really special.”
Having been set to compete at the PyeongChang Games in 2018, Ormerod’s hopes of becoming an Olympian were ruined by a broken heel that threatened to derail her entire career. Her return to the highest levels of competition is one of the team’s success stories, with her Olympic debut a richly-deserved reward for her hard work and dedication over the past four years.
Feneley’s debut points to bright future
Will Feneley‘s Olympic debut ended at the qualification stages in the Men’s Moguls competition, completing solid runs in both qualification rounds but ending up a little outside of the Finals qualification spots.
Feneley, who only made his World Cup debut in 2019, ended up in 27th position with a first-round score of 70.23, marking a proud Olympic debut for one of Britain’s most exciting young Moguls talents.
Ryding flies the flag
Yesterday’s Opening Ceremony saw Alpine legend Dave Ryding lead Team GB as Flagbearer alongside Curler Eve Muirhead, with both Olympians notching their fourth Games appearance in Beijing. Joined by the majority of the 50-strong British contingent, Ryding and Muirhead’s role as joint-flagbearers was confirmed by Team GB on Thursday evening, and marks a fitting tribute to their longstanding contribution to British Winter Olympic sport.
A strong result for Freestyle Snowboarder Katie Ormerod, and Europa Cup podium finishes for two of the Para Snowboard squad headlined a busy weekend for Britain’s skiers and snowboarders
Freestyle Snowboarder Katie Ormerod notched her highest World Cup finish since February 2020 and her best Big Air result since August 2019 with fifth place at Steamboat World Cup on Saturday. Ormerod, making her first competition appearance of the 2021/22 season, banked a score of 112.75 bringing her in just ahead of Canadian Jasmine Baird, whose 111.75 was enough to secure her sixth place.
Ormerod was joined in Steamboat by fellow Brits Billy Cockrell, who claimed 34th spot in the men’s Freestyle Snowboard Big Air, James Woods and Chris McCormick (21st and 25th in men’s Freestyle Ski Big Air), and Izzy Atkin and Katie Summerhayes (16th and 23rd in women’s Freestyle Ski Big Air).
In Landgraaf, the Para Snowboard squad saw noteworthy Europa Cup Banked Slalom results for Nina Sparks (2nd) and Jon-Allan Butterworth (3rd) in the women’s and men’s competitions. At World Cup level, Owen Pick landed 4th and 5th placed finishes in the week’s two World Cup competitions, Ollie Hill a pair of 6th places, and James Barnes-Miller 5th and 6th.
Lloyd Wallace’s first Aerials World Cup of the season saw him land a 17th placed finish, while the GB Moguls Squad saw a number of post-injury returns at the World Cup, Ruka, with Tom Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield and Skyler Nunn all making their first appearances of the season. The pick of the results saw Leonie Gerken Schofield finish in 28th place in the women’s competition.
Andrew Musgrave secured another top-20 finish in the 15km F at the Cross Country World Cup in Lillehammer, coming in a little ahead of Russia’s Artem Maltsev who finished in 21st.
In Alpine, Victoria Palla added to her collection of podium finishes for the 2021/22 season, coming second in the National Junior Grand Slalom Race in Santa Caterina Valfurva, while Ted Slade also notched a National Junior Race podium with third place in Slalom in Passo Monte Croce.
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Header Image: Katie Ormerod, Photo Credit: Matt McCormick