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.

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.

Charlotte Bankes at Schladming Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

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.

Zoe Atkin competing in Women’s Ski SuperPipe during X Games Aspen 2021 (Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images)

In Moguls, a six-person World Cup Squad features Leonie, Makayla, and Tom Gerken Schofield with Will Feneley, Skyler Nunn, and Mateo Jeannesson rounding out the line-up.

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

A Squad

  • Izzy Atkin
  • Connie Brogden
  • Tom Greenway
  • Tyler Harding
  • Chris McCormick
  • Kirsty Muir
  • James Pouch
  • Katie Summerhayes
  • James Woods

B Squad

  • Dylan Boyes
  • Mason Ferebee
  • Felix Klein
  • Jasper Klein
  • Justin Taylor-Tipton

Freeski – Half Pipe

A Squad

  • Zoe Atkin

B Squad

  • Sam Gaskin
  • Sam Ward

Freestyle Snowboard – Slopestyle & Big Air

A Squad

  • Fin Bremner
  • Mia Brookes
  • Billy Cockrell
  • Maisie Hill
  • Jamie Nicholls
  • Katie Ormerod

B Squad

  • Roahan Duncan
  • Amber Fennell
  • Lenny Fenning
  • Teiva Hamaini
  • Max Jorges
  • Charlie Lane
  • Euan Rogers
  • Emily Rothney
  • Liam Tynan

Freestyle Snowboard – Half Pipe

B Squad

  • Siddhartha Ullah

Moguls

World Cup Squad

  • Will Feneley
  • Leonie Gerken Schofield
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield
  • Thomas Gerken Schofield
  • Mateo Jeannesson
  • Skyler Nunn

Ski Cross

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*

Snowboard Cross

World Cup Squad

  • Charlotte Bankes
  • Huw Nightingale*
  • Maisie Potter*

Provisional selections pending meeting criteria by dates agreed by the Coaching team

Get the latest info on preparations for the 2022-23 season, as British athletes’ build-up to competition continues

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.

GB Snowsport Head Coach, Pat Sharples, has been out on camp with a number of the teams and said:

“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.”

Cross-Country – Sognefjellet, Norway


Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet with Austria’s Mika Vermeulen


James Clugnet

Freestyle Ski & Snowboard – Genk, Belgium


Billy Cockrell


Chris McCormick

Image Credits: Jostein Vinjerui, Ben Kinnear

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

Making History

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.

Bronze medallist Ollie Hill of Team Great Britain celebrates after competing in the Men’s Banked Slalom Snowboard SB-LL2 during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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.

Charlotte Bankes tops the podium at Reiteralm Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

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.

Neil Simpson during the Men’s Giant Slalom Vision Impaired Run 1 on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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.

Kirsty Muir, at Big Air qualification at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.

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’.”

Dave Ryding. Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup winner 2022.

A victory to showcase a great sportsman’s talent, and to mark Britain’s place on the global snowsport map.

Dave Ryding celebrates victory at Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

Header image: Charlie Guest at Schladming World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ David Geieregger

The final stint of the 2021/22 season show British athletes continuing to excel

Fresh from her Paralympic Winter Games debut in Beijing, Shona Brownlee was back in action in Winter Park Resort, Colorado, grabbing a NorAm Silver in the Giant Slalom. After a first run that left her needing to make up time, a brilliant second run saw Brownlee notch the fastest women’s run of the day and catapulted her into second place.

In the Ski Cross World Junior Championships in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, Tommy Dade, Scott Johns, and Patrick Young all put in encouraging performances to finish 24th, 25th, and 42nd respectively, though the main relief from the competition was confirmation of Johns’ health after a bad crash saw him helicoptered off the hill.

At the World Rookie Tour, there were superb results for snowboarders Mia Brookes and Charlie Lane, with Brookes taking victory in the Grom Women’s Slopestyle ahead of Lucia Georgalli of New Zealand and Czechia’s Vanessa Volopichova, while Lane came second in the Grom Men’s Slopestyle between the Finnish boarders, Ville Jukola and Erik Jurmu.

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

Header Image: Shona Brownlee competes in the Super-G at the Paralympic Winter Games 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner

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.

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

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 BankesCrystal 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Header Image: Charlotte Bankes celebrates at Veysonnaz World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber

Zoe Atkin fell, got back up, and grabbed a top-10, while Ollie Davies got his first taste of Olympic action

Atkin recovers from early wobbles to bank top-10 finish

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.”

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.

Davies Debut ends at last-32 stage

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.”

Ollie Davies during Ski Cross Seeding 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.

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.

Zoe Atkin is hunting medals in the Half Pipe, while Ollie Davies will make his Olympic debut in Ski Cross

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe

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

Men’s Ski Cross

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.

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