There will be two athletes representing GB Snowsport at the Ski and Snowboard Cross World Championships in Idre, Sweden.

Snowboard Cross athlete, Charlotte Bankes and Ski Cross athlete Ollie Davies, will be competing at the event between 9th to 14th Feb with Snowboard Cross qualifying on 9th Feb and Ski Cross Qualifying on 10th Feb.

Charlotte Bankes, Snowboard Cross Athlete “I am really happy to be heading to Sweden for the World Championships next week, representing GB Snowsport. With a slow start to our season it was great to be back in the gate in Valmalenco. Now I am looking forward to build on that and have some fun racing in Idre.”

Ollie Davies, Ski Cross Athlete “I’m super excited to be selected and competing for GB Snowsport at my second World Championships. With some good skiing in the early part of the winter, I’m feeling positive heading into the event.”

By Ollie Davies, Ski Cross Athlete

I got into ski cross after many years of alpine skiing. Ski cross had always been a discipline that I loved and did alongside alpine at a younger age, but I reached an age when things got more serious in alpine so I had to solely focus on that discipline. Eventually, I luckily managed to make the transition from alpine to ski cross. 

What sets ski cross apart from other alpine skiing disciplines is that there is more than one skier racing down the course. I love the adrenaline and excitement of head to head racing. Anything can happen in such an unpredictable sport. That’s why I decided to focus solely on ski cross.

I think that the most important mental attribute in ski cross is the ability to remain calm and focused. Whether in a leading position in a run or trying to make a pass from behind, it is important to keep your cool and focus on your own performance. 

As for physical attribute, power is very important for an explosive start and to generate speed. In ski cross, on race day if you make it all the way to finals it is a total of four race runs so endurance is very important, too. Before a big event I try to stay as calm as possible, remember everything from training and enjoy!

If you are wanting to get into ski cross I would recommend working hard on the alpine side of the sport to develop a solid base and technique. Ski all terrains and get comfortable with jumps and bumps.

My favourite moments on snow are always early in the morning when no one else is on the mountain with fresh pow and the sun just rising. 

During lockdown I was lucky enough to have a gym at home, so I made the most of getting loads of training in. Once I was back in France, after lockdown was lifted there, I spent as much time training outdoors as possible, mostly on the bikes putting the miles in.

Ski and snowboard cross often train together, and the team dynamic is amazing, both teams work so well together and push each other. In recent weeks being back on snow with the rest of the team has been loads of fun. Pushing each other and having a good laugh while training hard!

For the coming season I’m most looking forward to getting back into the start gate on race day. After putting in loads of work on and off skis over the summer I can’t wait to put it all down in races.

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