Cross-Country – Sognefjellet, Norway
Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet with Austria’s Mika Vermeulen
Freestyle Ski & Snowboard – Genk, Belgium
Topping the bill, Snowboard Cross Crystal Globe holder Charlotte Bankes recorded her second World Cup victory of the season at the Cortina d’Ampezzo World Cup in a typically dominant display of Snowboard Cross racing. The result – her first World Cup win in Cortina – moves Bankes up to second in the season’s overall standings, behind Chloe Trespeuch who Bankes beat into third place with Faye Gulini taking second spot, and Manon Petit Lenoir fourth. In the men’s races, Huw Nightingale came in in 41st place.
Fresh from their X Games heroics, Kirsty Muir and Zoe Atkin also both returned to the World Cup podium this weekend at the Mammoth Mountain Freestyle World Cup. In the Freeski Slopestyle competition, Muir put down a superb demonstration of Slopestyle skiing to take second place in the standings, matching in the process her career best World Cup result from Aspen in 2021. Muir’s score of 84.00 left her just 2.00 points behind Johanne Killi in top spot, and continues a run of form which has seen Muir finish inside the top-8 in seven consecutive World Cup competitions, dating back to March 2021.
In Freeski Halfpipe, Zoe Atkin took the third World Cup podium of her career and joined Muir in taking second place on the podium in her first World Cup competition of the season, straight off the back of her spectacular victory at X Games last weekend. A huge score of 92.75 was only just beaten by China’s Kexin Zhang who topped the podium with 93.50 in a contest that demonstrated again the reasons that Atkin, at just 20 years of age, is so highly rated within the sport.
In the men’s competitions, James Pouch bagged his best ever World Cup result with 32nd place in Slopestyle, just ahead of Tayler Harding in 35th and Tom Greenway, in only the third World Cup entry of his career, coming in 43rd.
On the Europa Cup circuit, meanwhile, Ash Clayton took a brilliant double podium with second place in Big Air and third place in Slopestyle at La Clusaz EC. The results gave Clayton the first EC podiums of their career, having competed in only one previous EC level competition.
Laurie Taylor also notched a career best World Cup result in the Chamonix Slalom World Cup, ending the weekend in 23rd position. Taylor, who is part of the squad that will travel to the Alpine World Championships, was joined in the second run by Dave Ryding who was pushing hard until a straddle prematurely ended his race. Billy Major, meanwhile, was unfortunate not to qualify finishing not far outside of the second run qualification spots.
The weekend’s final British podium fell to Telemark star Jaz Taylor who took third place in the second of two World Cup Sprint races in Les Contamines-Montjoie for her first podium of the season. The earlier of the week’s races saw her finish fifth while, in the men’s races, Timote Gough took a promising 17th place finish.
James Clugnet and Andrew Young continued their preparations for the Cross-Country World Championships with three races in the Toblach World Cup, the pick of the results coming in a 12th place finish as part of a FIS team in the 4 x 7.5km Relay. In the Sprint F, Clugnet took 28th and Young 41st, while Young finished in 36th spot in the 10km F with Clugnet in 57th.
Meanwhile, the Moguls squad travelled to Deer Valley for the latest in their World Cup tour. Will Feneley had the best of the weekend’s action with 8th place in the Dual Moguls competition, matching his best ever World Cup result from Alpe d’Huez in December. Makayla Gerken Schofield came 11th in the Single Moguls competition, Mateo Jeannesson finished 19th in Dual Moguls and 21st in Single Moguls, and Thomas Gerken-Schofield 25th in Single Moguls.
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The British Olympic Association has today confirmed that 13 ski and snowboard athletes will travel to Friuli-Venezia Giulia as part of an 18 athlete Team GB to compete at the 2023 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
Six Alpine skiers, one Ski Cross athlete, one Freeskier, three Freestyle Snowboarders, one Snowboard Cross athlete and one Alpine Snowboarder will compete in the Festival’s snowsport disciplines against 14-18 year old athletes from almost 40 countries in one of the largest youth winter sport gatherings in the world.
EYOFs play an important role in the development of young British athletes, providing crucial multi-sport event experience and guiding them towards realising their Olympic ambitions.
Italy will become the first nation to host the event twice, 30 years after staging the inaugural Winter EYOF in Aosta in 1993. The competition will take place across the northern Italian territory of Friuli-Venezia Giulia as well as neighbouring regions in Austria and Slovenia, with over 2,000 atheltes from 40 nations expected to participate.
This year’s British delegation will follow in the footsteps of Katie Summerhayes, Chemmy Alcott, Kirsty Muir and many others who represented Team GB at youth events before going on to compete at a senior Olympic Winter Games.
Many of the young athletes selected for Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2023 have ambitions to do the same, and with the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games drawing closer, the Winter EYOF offers a valuable opportunity to build their confidence when competing on the international stage.
“It is a huge honour to be the Chef de Mission and lead Team GB in Friuli Venezia Giulia. It will be the first time many of our young athletes experience the Olympic movement and is an invaluable opportunity for them to develop in an international competition of this level.
“While it may be many of the athletes’ first exposure to a multi-sport event environment, Team GB has a great history of youth athletes taking part in an EYOF and going on to become senior Olympians and medallists, so it will be great to help them use it as a foundation for future Games. It is a really exciting time to be a part of British winter sport.”
“I’ve been training hard in the run up to EYOF and have been really enjoying it, it makes me very excited for the Games and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can perform. It feels amazing to be able to represent my country, it’s always been a dream of mine and I’m very proud to be able to race for Team GB.”
“I’m really excited to put what I’ve been doing in training on the big stage. It’s something I’ve been working towards over the past few years and to be able to do it with my teammates and meet new people is going to be really special.”
Freestyle Snowboard (Slopestyle and Big Air)
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Having suffered the disappointment of a sickness-related withdrawal at the season’s first World Cup in Les Deux Alpes, Bankes was back in the familiar position of podium finishes, taking third place in the first World Cup race and first in the second of the weekend.
Those results being Bankes’ astonishing recent World Cup record to eleven podiums in the last thirteen World Cup competitions, including seven victories, and further cements her reputation as one of the finest snowsport athletes currently competing on the world circuit. Huw Nightingale found himself just outside the top-30 in both Men’s races, taking 31st and 33rd spot, and marking another step up in his young career having taken 52nd place the last time he was in Cervinia in 2021.
In the third Moguls World Cup competition of the month, Makayla Gerken Schofield’s stunning early-season form brought Britain’s best-ever single Moguls World Cup result as her fourth-place finish sparked jubilation among the British contingent in Alpe d’Huez, before backing it up with yet another top-10 with sixth in the Dual Moguls. Her score of 73.49 in the Singles left her less than 1.5 points off the podium, while her Dual Moguls performance saw match her previous best Dual Moguls result, secured in February 2021 in Deer Valley.
The men’s competitions saw enormous results for Will Feneley and Tom Gerken Schofield, with both taking top-10s in the Dual Moguls. Feneley’s eighth place finish, coming off the back of a 32nd in the Single Moguls, marked the best result of his World Cup career to date, while Gerken Schofield’s 10th place gave him his first top-10 finish since his history-making second place in Krasnoyarsk in February 2020. Mateo Jeannesson, meanwhile, took 21st place in both the Single and Dual Moguls marking an excellent return for the 18-year-old taking the best World Cup results of his career to date.
In the Copper Mountain Big Air World Cup, Freeski sensation Kirsty Muir equalled the third-best World Cup result of her career and her best Big Air World Cup result to date with a superb fifth place. Having qualified in second place, Muir then recorded a sensational 94 for the 1440 on her second Final jump before finishing in an excellent fifth spot, less than eight points outside of the podium positions.
The men’s contest saw British interest from Chris McCormick and James Pouch, with McCormick finishing in 36th spot and James Pouch in 50th.
In Cross-Country, James Clugnet continued the squad’s excellent season in Davos with a superb sixth place in the Sprint Free competition, the highest solo finish of his career to date. Andrew Young took 33rd with Andrew Musgrave finishing in 37th, before Musgrave took tenth place for his fourth top-10 of the season in the 20km F.
In Alpine, Laurie Taylor’s fourth place in the Obereggen Europa Cup was the pick of the results, while Charlie Raposo grabbed ninth place in the Zinal Europa Cup GS before coming 55th in the Alta Badia World Cup GS.
Andrew Musgrave’s stunning start to the 2022-23 season continued in Lillehammer with fourth place in Friday’s 10km Free giving him his best result since the 15km F Mass Start in Oberstdorf in December 2021. Coming in just 12.5s behind race winner Iver Tildheim Andersen and only 3.4s off a podium spot, the race continues a superb start to the season, with Musgrave’s weekend also returning 30th and 39th place finishes in the Sprint Free and 20km Classic Mass Start races.
Racing in the first World Cup contests of his career, Joe Davies took an excellent 43rd in the 10km F, placing him seventh among the U23 group, before a DNF in the 20km C Mass Start, while Andrew Young and James Clugnet secured 23rd and 27th in the Sprint Free, and 41st and 52nd in the 20km C Mass Start respectively, capping a promising weekend for the Cross-Country squad now racing as part of Team Aker Daehlie.
In the first Moguls World Cup of the season, Makayla Gerken Schofield topped the British bill in Ruka with an exceptional 10th place finish. Makayla, who lit up the Olympics in Beijing with the best ever result for a British Moguls skier at an Olympic Winter Games, came in between the Japanese pair Haruka Ihara and Hinako Tomitaka to take the fifth World Cup top-10 finish of her career. Leonie Gerken Schofield lodged a promising 23rd place, while in the Men’s competition Mateo Jeannesson took 23rd, Thomas Gerken Schofield 35th and Will Feneley 42nd spot.
The opening Snowboard Cross World Cup of the season saw a weekend of frustration for British athletes. In the women’s races, defending Crystal Globe holder Charlotte Bankes looked in typically exceptional form qualifying for finals in first spot, but was forced to withdraw before the beginning of the final having suffered with sickness throughout the weekend. Huw Nightingale, meanwhile, took 45th spot one place ahead of the USA’s Beijing Olympic Winter Games Team Gold medallist Nick Baumgartner.
A difficult week for the Alpine squad saw a flurry of DNFs, with Roy Steudle, Giselle Gorringe, Owen Vinter, Samuel Todd-Saunders and Charlie Raposo all landing DNFs in Beaver Creek, Zinal and Gurgl. Gorringe did manage to take a 54th spot in the second of the EC Super G races in Zinal in the first EC race of her career.
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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.”
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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
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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
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.
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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.
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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
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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