Zoe Atkin and Jaz Taylor take podiums; Cross-Country Team seal dual top-10s
Atkin takes dual podiums at Calgary Snow Rodeo
Zoe Atkin made it a perfect podium season at the Calgary Snow Rodeo double header World Cup, with Silver and Bronze medal performances on the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe.
Coming into the 2023/24 season with three World Cup podiums under her belt, Atkin showed astonishing form across the 2023/24 season to more than double her career World Cup podium count, taking three third place finishes before rounding out with second place in the final of the season’s Halfpipe World Cup contests. With a second place from X Games Aspen already under her belt, the performances have marked out Atkin as one of Britain’s most consistently exciting performers.
The results left the 21-year-old third in the overall standings and with a growing reputation as one to watch as the clock ticks inexorably towards Milan-Cortina 2026.
Cross-Country Squad take top-10s in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Cross-Country World Cup saw a season’s best performance from James Clugnet with eighth spot in the Sprint Free race. In his first solo top-10 since December 2022, Clugnet looked in excellent form coming through just outside of qualification for the Final, with a Semi-Final time of 2:56.63.
The 10km Free saw Andrew Musgrave take his seventh top-10 spot of the season with a ninth place finish, hot off the back of seventh place at the previous weekend’s Canmore World Cup in the 20km C Mass Start. Also in the 10km F, Joe Davies grabbed a first top-20 career World Cup placing with 16th spot, making him the youngest finisher inside the top-20.
Taylor secures seventh podium of season in Al
Jaz Taylor took a seventh World Cup podium of a remarkable season with third place in the Parallel Sprint World Cup in Al, Norway. In a weekend with a mammoth four World Cup competitions, Taylor’s run of fourth, third, seventh, and eighth made it a scarcely believable ten top-10 finishes in eleven World Cup races, leaving her atop the standings in the overall Telemark World Cup rankings, ahead of Norway’s Goril Strom Eriksen and France’s Laly Chaucheprat.
BCST do country proud in 2024 International Races
The British Children’s Ski Team delivered some outstanding results across the 2024 International Race calendar, delivering five podiums and a further eight top-10s amid a series of remarkable performances.
At the Trofeu Borrufa Races in Andorra, Brooke Baxter (U16 W) and Harrison Adkins (U16 M) both took a pair of Slalom podiums, with Baxter finishing second and third as well as fifth in GS, with Adkins third twice.
Louisa McIntosh (U16 W) finished just behind Baxter in the second of the U16 W Slalom races, coming in fourth position, Lucas Cross (U14 M) secured an excellent top-10 in GS, while Audrey Curtis (U14 W) was in the top-10 twice with seventh in Slalom and sixth in GS.
The Skiinterkirterium races in Czechia delivered a podium for Isabella Sullivan (U16 W) in Slalom, while Edward Lloyd (U14 M – tenth, GS), Jessica Freear (U14 W – eighth GS, seventh SL), Sam Kingsley (U16 M – tenth SL), Alexander Thomas (U14 M – eighth SL), Amelia Pietrzak (U16 W – fifth SL), Alice Bond (U16 W – seventh SL) and Gracie Duncan (U14 W – sixth SL) all secured superb top-10 placings.
Finally, at the highly contested Alpecimbra races in Folgaria, Italy, British athletes secured five top-20 finishes through Sebastien Anthony (U14 M – 15th GS), Lily Flitton (U14 W – 19th GS, 13th SL), and Hamish Blyth (U16 M – 11th SL, 15th GS).
Huge congratulations to every member of the BCST for some exceptional performances, representing the future of British Alpine Skiing in the best possible light.
Mia Brookes and Zoe Atkin brought their A Games to X Games 2024, while there were Para Alpine podiums to celebrate in Veysonnaz
Brookes and Atkin take Gold and Silver in Aspen
Mia Brookes and Zoe Atkin continued Britain’s proud record at X Games with medals in Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle and Freeski Superpipe at the 2024 edition of the contest.
Brookes, the second youngest athlete at the invitational event, got the Games off to a stunning start with victory in the Women’s Freestyle competition. Such was Brookes’ dominance of the event that any of her three runs would have scored highly enough to take victory, with flawless rail sections, a Cab 12 on her highest scoring run, and a Cab 14 on her final run.
In the Women’s Freeski Superpipe, Zoe Atkin delivered a super clean display of Halfpipe skiing that included the highest amplitude recorded on the night to take Silver behind Eileen Gu, and back up the Gold medal that she won at X Games 2023.
British interest rounded out with a solid fourth place finish for Brookes in the Freestyle Snowboard Big Air competition.
Fitzpatrick and Guest take Para Alpine Podiums in Veysonnaz
Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest added two more World Cup podiums and two FIS podium to their season tally in a busy week of competition in Veysonnaz. Bronze medals in World Cup Giant Slalom and Super G races were followed with Gold and Silver in FIS Super G competitions to round out a successful week of racing in the Swiss resort.
In the Women’s Seated classification, Shona Brownlee was also in action with a pair of fifth place finishes.
Taylor adds fifth podium of season in Melchsee-Frutt
Jaz Taylor’s remarkable Telemark World Cup campaign continued with a fifth podium of the season in the Melchsee-Frutt Classic World Cup. With third place in the first of the weekend’s competition, Taylor secured her first Classic podium since March 2022, further consolidating top spot in the Telemark overall rankings, where she sits 135 points clear of France’s Lily Chaucheprat. In the Men’s competition, Timote Gough was also in action, with 14th place in the Classic the pick of his results.
And the rest…
In Ski Cross, Ollie Davies made it through to the 1/8 Finals stages at the St. Moritz World Cup to take 20th spot while Scott Johns, on World Cup debut, finished in 58th place. The St. Moritz Snowboard Cross World Cup saw Charlotte Bankes finish just outside the top-10 with an 11th place finish, while Huw Nightingale took 55th spot.
In Moguls, Makayla Gerken Schofield continued their comeback from a knee injury with 22nd place in the Waterville World Cup, while Mateo Jeannesson finished 24th in the Dual Moguls event.
In Cross-Country, James Clugnet sealed his best World Cup result of the season with 20th place in the Sprint F World Cup in Goms and 26th in the 20km F Mass Start, with Andrew Musgrave finishing 12th in the latter.
British Alpine history was made on the slopes of Kitzbuehel and Gangwon on a superb weekend of British snowsport action
Kitzbuehel sees three in top-20
All three members of the Men’s Slalom team finished inside the top-20 at the Kitzbuehel Slalom, marking the first time in modern history that Britain has delivered three top-20 finishes at an Alpine World Cup.
Billy Major roared out of the first run to finish in joint-10th spot alongside teammate Dave Ryding at the end of the first run, while Laurie Taylor showed superb grit to see out tricky conditions and qualify for the second run in 29th spot.
From there, with five skiers failing to finish the second run, Dave Ryding delivered his now typical second run brilliance with the second fastest second run of the day to catapult himself to the top of the standings, before being overhauled in the latter stages of the race for an eventual fifth place finish. Taylor landed the seventh best second run of the day to bring himself a 19th place finish and a person best, while Major also secured a World Cup personal best with 13th spot, less than 0.3s outside of the top-10.
Elsewhere on the Alpine World Cup circuit, Charlie Guest finished just outside of the top-30 at the Jasna Slalom World Cup, missing out on the second run by hundredths of a second.
Carrick-Smith takes Gold in Gangwon
Zak Carrick-Smith delivered a sensational performance in Team GB colours at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon to take Britain’s first ever Alpine gold medal in an Olympic competition, with victory in the Alpine Combined.
Find out more about Carrick-Smith’s history-making victory here.
Taylor goes four-from-four in stunning Telemark SPrint run
Jaz Taylor’s sensational World Cup season rolled on with back-to-back victories in the Carezza Dolomites Telemark Sprint World Cup, leaving her with four victories from four World Cup races this season, and a firm grasp on top spot in the overall rankings.
The wins, the 10th and 11th of Taylor’s career, mean she has now equalled the best season of her career which saw her take four victories across the 2017/18 season, just four races into the season.
Makayla Gerken Schofield, Maisie Hill, and Katie Ormerod make injury comebacks
Moguls skier Makayla Gerken Schofield, and Freestyle Snowboarders Maisie Hill and Katie Ormerod all made their World Cup comebacks this week after significant injury lay-offs. Hill and Ormerod were both back in action at the Laax Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup finishing in 15th and 12th spots respectively, while Gerken Schofield marked their return with a 19th place finish at the Val St. Come Moguls World Cup.
Elsewhere in Laax, Mia Brookes cruised through to Finals in the Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle competition before finishing eighth, while Matty Cox marked his first World Cup in British colours with a 36th place finish in the Men’s Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle contest. Siddhartha Ullah’s sixth World Cup appearance finished with a 38th place in the Men’s Halfpipe.
In Freeski, Ash Clayton was the pick of the bunch taking tenth place in the Women’s Freeski Slopestyle in only their second World Cup appearance.
In Moguls, Mateo Jeannesson came 33rd in Moguls and 17th in Dual Moguls in the first World Cup of 2024, with the latter marking the best Dual Moguls result of his World Cup career to date.
Davies takes 16th in Nakisaka
Ollie Davies’ World Cup season took off with an excellent 16th place finish in the Nakisaka Ski Cross World Cup. In a difficult season, Davies showed serious grit and application to make it through to the Quarter Final stage, and the best result of his season to date.
Andrew Musgrave returns from illness in Oberhot
Andrew Musgrave returned from the bout of illness that put paid to his Tour de Ski endeavours, finishing just outside the Top-20 at the Oberhof 20km C Mass Start World Cup. A 21st place finish there along with a run out in the Sprint C event marked his first appearance of the year, having had to drop out of the 2023/24 Tour de Ski after the 10km C on 31 December.
Jaz Taylor recorded her third World Cup of the season at this afternoon’s Telemark Sprint World Cup
Jaz Taylor made it three World Cup Gold medals from three races this season with a stunning victory in the Carezza Dolomites Sprint World Cup this afternoon.
Coming into the race with back-to-back World Cup wins in Pinzolo already under her belt, Taylor put in another dominant performance to win by a margin of 3.84s from the Norwegian pair of Ella Strom Eriksen and Kaja Bjoernstad Konow.
Speaking afterwards, Jaz said: “I’m really pleased with my performance today! I’m doing my best to stay focused on the task at hand. The season is still all ahead of us. Thank you to everyone for all the support.”
A record-breaking weekend saw British skiers and snowboarders take eight World Cup podiums
Brookes takes bronze, secures Crystal Globe
The weekend’s first podium arrived with Mia Brookes taking bronze at the Copper Mountain Big Air World Cup, and securing with it the Freestyle Snowboard Big Air Crystal Globe.
A score of 155.75 was enough to propel Brookes into the podium positions, behind Japan’s Kokomo Murase and Mari Fukada in first and second spot. The result, with Reira Iwabuchi finishing in fifth, was enough to confirm Brookes’ Crystal Globe title with three podiums in four Big Air World Cup competitions this season.
Musgrave’s superb silver
Andrew Musgrave secured his best ever World Cup result and matched Britain’s highest finish in Cross-Country World Cup competition with a breathtaking second place finish at the Trondheim Skiathlon World Cup.
Coming into the weekend’s competitions in a rich vein of form with four top-10s under his belt already, Musgrave delivered a near flawless display of Cross-Country skiing to finish in 43:51.4 just 0.7s behind race winner, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. The result gave Musgrave his third World Cup podium, after third place finishes in Toblach in 2017 and Beitostolen in 2022.
Fitzpatrick and Guest strike Gold (and Silver)
Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest ensured the start to the Para Alpine season would be a memorable one, with silver and gold medal finishes in back-to-back Para Alpine Downhill World Cup races in St. Moritz.
After a hugely encouraging showing on day one of competition which yielded an excellent second place, Fitzpatrick and Guest stepped up a gear to take victory on the second day of racing, finishing ahead of South Korea’s Sara Choi and Sanghyun Jung, and Slovakia’s Alexandra Rexova and Hugo Rybar.
Atkin and Muir bank Freeski Bronzes
The Copper Mountain Freeski World Cup saw further bronze medal performances from Kirsty Muir (Freeski Big Air) and Zoe Atkin (Freeski Halfpipe), taking the overall British tally from the competition to three third place finishes.
In her first World Cup of the season, Atkin skied superbly to qualify in first before delivering a highly technical performance to secure the fourth World Cup podium of her career and her second in Copper Mountain.
Muir showed enormous bravery and grit to overcome a nasty looking fall in the second jump of the Freeski Big Air finals to ensure she also secured bronze and a fourth career World Cup podium finish. An overall score of 173.75 was enough to confirm third place, behind France’s Tess Ledeux and Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland.
Double Golds for Jaz Taylor
Telemark sensation Jaz Taylor took the 46th and 47th World Cup podiums of her career, and her first race victories since March 2022, with a brace of stunning Sprint victories in the Pinzolo Telemark World Cup.
The results further cement Taylor’s standing as the pre-eminent Telemark skier of her generation, and as one of the finest British snowsport athletes of all time.
Jeannesson in top-10 again
Mateo Jeanneasson‘s excellent early season form continued in the Alpe d’Huez Moguls World Cup with a ninth place finish giving him a second top-10 of the season. Backing up his stunning sixth place in Ruka with 12th in Idre Fjall, Jeannesson once again made finals with a superb score of 73.58 at the iconic French venue, making him the youngest athlete in the top-10.
Mixed weekend for Snowboard Cross team
Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale endured a mixed weekend at the Cervinia Snowboard Cross World Cup, but nevertheless took a commendable fifth place finish in the Mixed Team event to follow their victory in the previous Team World Cup in Les Deux Alpes.
Individual World Cup races saw Nightingale finish in 31st and Bankes in 21st positions.
Guest takes another Europa Cup top-10
Charlie Guest took her second Slalom Europa Cup top-10 finish in a week with seventh place in the Valle Aurina/Ahrntal EC on Saturday, having finished eighth in Mayrhofen the previous week.
World Cup debuts for Carr, Gledhill, and Holden
Amid the good news from this weekend’s performances, there was more to celebrate with World Cup debuts for Cali Carr (Moguls), Gabriel Gledhill (Cross-Country), and Gidget Holden (Freestyle Snowboard Halfpipe).
Pinzolo yields brace of World Cup wins for Telemark icon
Jaz Taylor’s blistering start to the World Cup season yielded a second World Cup victory in two days, as she replicated yesterday’s Telemark Sprint World Cup victory in Pinzolo with another race win today.
A time of 2:33.63 was enough to see Taylor finish 2.72s ahead of Camille Bourbon in second, with Norway’s Goril Strom Eriksen rounding out the podium.
The result leaves Taylor on nine career World Cup victories dating back to January 2018 and with real hopes of making it ten as the season progresses.
Sensational sprint showing delivers first World Cup win since 2022
Jaz Taylor secured her first World Cup victory since the Murren World Cup in March 2022 with a superb performance at the Pinzolo Sprint World Cup today.
In an already mind-blowing weekend for British skiing and snowboarding, Taylor’s provided the golden sheen as she finished 2.18s clear of the field with French pair Laly Chaucheprat and Camille Bourbon in second and third respectively.
The result means Taylor now boasts a remarkable 46 World Cup podiums including eight victories across a storied Telemark career.
After the race, Jaz said:
“It’s a really positive start to the season, thank you to everyone for all the continued support!
“And I’d also like to thank everyone who has supported the crowd funder, this has given us such a boost.”
British Telemark has launched an appeal to secure new backing for one of the nation’s enduring skiing success stories
Ranked fifth in FIS Telemark World Cup tour national standings, the GB Telemark Ski Team has achieved a remarkable level of success against competitors from some of the world’s most established snowsport nations. That success is particularly notable given that Telemark is not currently recognised as an Olympic discipline, and thus does not quality for public funding, with the ten skiers selected to represent Britain in the coming year all doing so as amateur athletes.
GB Telemark has now come together with Skiers Trust of Great Britain to establish the British Telemark Futures Fund, a charitable fund created specifically to support the current squad’s athletes and training programmes, and to encourage more athletes to become competitive Telemark skiers and maintain Britain’s standing at the highest reaches of the sport.
All funds raised through the British Telemark Futures Fund will be directed to the best possible use by an experienced and knowledgeable nomination panel including ex-competitive Telemark skiers and national coaching representatives.
GB Telemark’s newly launched Go Fund Me campaign is now calling on members of the public to donate in support of British Telemark skiing. The money raised will go to the British Telemark Futures Fund to ensure it is put to the best possible use for the benefit of one of Britain’s most compelling snowsport success stories.
World Cup Squad member, Jasmin Taylor, said:
“We’ve received a lot of great support over the years, and this support so far has made our successes possible. It is not easy trying to be competitive with the best winter sport nations in the world but I am really proud of what we have managed to achieve.”
World Cup Squad member, Colin Dixon, added:
“It’s always a pleasure representing your country on the world stage and the entire team feels the same about this. Any support we receive is amazing and allows us to compete in the sport we love. We hope this can continue for years to come.”
The campaign is already underway, while the World Cup racers are set to begin the 2023/24 season in mid-December, with the first scheduled World Cup races of the season due to take place in Pinzolo, Italy.
A ten-athlete World Cup and FIS Squad will represent British interests on the Telemark circuit for the 2023/24 season
Following the completion of the selection process, Colin Dixon, Timoté Gough, Magnus McIntosh, and Jasmin Taylor have all been confirmed as World Cup Squad members, while Sissi Compton, Alec Dixon, Jamie Dykes, and Josh Wisbey have also been provisionally named in the World Cup Squad pending coach led reviews across the Autumn. Ben Emsley and Bonnie Price are named in the FIS Squad, while for Dykes and Wisbey, the coming season marks their first time selected to the GB Telemark Squad.
The World Cup Squad comes into the new season off the back of a range of excellent results in the 2022/23 season, most notably a fifth in the overall standings and third in Sprint standings for Jaz Taylor alongside a silver medal in Parallel Sprint and bronze in Classic at the World Championships, multiple top-20 World Cup finishes Colin Dixon, consistent top-25 World Cup placings for Magnus McIntosh, and regular top-15 finishes, a fourth place at the World Junior Championships for Tim Gough, and multiple top-20 World Cup finishes and a personal best sixth place in the World junior Championships for Sissi Compton.
Commenting on the Squad selections, Adrian Pery, GB Telemark Discipline Committee Chair said:
“The dedication and determination of our Telemark athletes on and off the slopes is second to none, and every one of the ten athletes selected to represent the nation this season should be enormously proud of everything they have achieved already. The life of a Telemark racer involves huge commitment, and no little sacrifice, and I am certain that they will continue to represent the country with distinction.”
Magnus McIntosh, World Cup Squad member, said:
“I’m delighted to be back on the World Cup squad. I’m looking forward to next season and being back with the team, aiming for some top 15 finishes and more races under my belt.”
Ben Emsley, FIS Squad member, said:
“Telemark skiing is a captivating dance, where free heels and knee-dragging lunges intertwine. It’s an honour to be part of the Telemark family, proudly representing Great Britain on the slopes.”
The Telemark World Cup circuit returns to competition in mid-December, with the first scheduled races of the season due to take place in Pinzolo, Italy. The GB Telemark team were kindly sponsored for the 2022/23 season by dedicated supporters including Leggett Immobilier International, dartbus, Point 6, VOLA, and Maier Sports, whose commitment to the team played a vital role in the outstanding performances delivered across the squad on the World Cup and FIS race circuits, and at the World Championships and World Junior Championships.
World Cup Squad
- Sissi Compton*
- Alex Dixon*
- Colin Dixon
- Jamie Dykes*
- Timoté Gough
- Magnus McIntosh
- Jasmin Taylor
- Josh Wisbey*
- Ben Emsley
- Bonnie Price
*selection pending coach reviews in autumn 2023