Photo: Mia Brookes and Kirsty Muir hit a rail at SnoZone by Ben Kinnear
69 athletes competing across Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard have been selected to represent Great Britain throughout the 2021/22 season.
The squads, which feature six athletes selected to represent the nation for the first time, will look to build on an outstanding 2020/21 season for British Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard athletes which saw a number of exceptional results, including Charlotte Bankes’ Gold medal finish at the Snowboard Cross World Championships, Silver medals for Izzy Atkin at the X Games and for Kirsty Muir at the World Cup in Aspen, two Golds and a Silver for Mia Brookes in Europa Cup contests, Ollie Davies’ 4th placed finish at the World Championship Skicross in Idrefjall, Zoe Atkin’s World Cup silver and World Championship bronze medals, and three top-10 finishes for James Woods at the X Games in Aspen and the Aspen World Championships.
Athletes across Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard were confirmed at a multi-discipline selection summit designed to ensure Britain is represented by more athletes with current and future podium hopes than ever before.
Announcing the Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard Squad selections, Pat Sharples, GB Snowsport Head Coach, said:
“Never before has Britain had such a competitive field of athletes to select from. Despite the challenges faced by all of our athletes last season, they showed that they are capable of putting down world-leading results in some of the toughest competition environments around. Those results, and the squads we’re delighted to announce today, bode well for what promises to be a landmark year for snowsport.”
Gus Kenworthy, selected in the Freeski A Squad, said:
“It is always a privilege to be selected to represent your country, and I’m really looking forward to competing alongside some incredible athletes in all our Freestyle disciplines this year. With the Beijing Games coming up, we’re all super-focused on having the best seasons we can, and the support around the Freestyle squads means we’ve got a great chance to improve on what we achieved last season.”
Charlotte Bankes, Britain’s first Snowboarding World Champion, said:
“I can’t wait to get back out into competition this season as part of a group of incredible athletes representing Great Britain in the snowsports disciplines. Last year was obviously a real high point for me personally with great results for all of GB Snowsport, but neither I nor any of the team plan to take our foot off the gas at this stage. There’s some great talent across all of the squads with the best support around us we could hope for, and I’m sure we’ll be driving each other on towards our goals.”
FULL SQUAD LISTS
Moguls – World Cup Squad
Male: Will Feneley, Thomas Gerken Schofield, Matéo Jeannesson
Female: Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Skyler Nunn
Aerials – World Cup Squad
Ski Cross – World Cup Squad:
Oliver Davies, Emma Peters
Ski Cross – Europa Cup Squad:
Male: Gregory Baillie, Nicholas Bingham, Richard Goldsworthy, Sebastian Ison, Scott Johns, Owen Jones, Patrick Young
Female: Faith Davie, Alannah Lawrie, Claire Winthrop, Zoe Winthrop
Snowboard Cross – World Cup Squad
Male: Huw Nightingale
Female: Charlotte Bankes, Maisie Potter
Snowboard Cross – Europa Cup Squad
Male: Brandon Cain, Bryn Nicholas, Kyle Wise
Freestyle Snowboard – A Squad:
Male:Gabe Adams, Fin Bremner, Billy Cockrell, Glen Ironside*, Matt McCormick, Jamie Nicholls, Ethan Smith*
Female: Mia Brookes, Katie Ormerod
Freestyle Snowboard – B Squad:
Male: Koby Cook, Leon Drynan, Lenny Fenning, Kai Hamaini*, Teiva Hamaini*, Hayden Harvey-Smith, Max Jorge, Logan King, Charlie Lane, Lewis Moore, Liam Tynan, Siddhartha Ullah (Pipe)*
Female: Amber Fennell*
Freeski – A Squad:
Male: Tyler Harding, Gus Kenworthy (Pipe), Chris McCormick, James Woods
Female: Isabel Atkin, Zoe Atkin (Pipe), Connie Brogden (Pipe), Kirsty Muir, Madi Rowlands, Katie Summerhayes
Freeski – B Squad:
Male: Harris Booth, Rylan Evans, Mason Ferebee, Sam Gaskin (Pipe) Tom Greenway, Felix Klein, Jasper Klein, James Pouch, Justin Taylor-Tipton, Sam Ward (Pipe), Harry Wright
*denotes newly selected athletes
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.