The Europa Cup circuit saw debuts and comebacks for GBS athletes, while World Cup action continued in Alpine and Cross-Country
Cox and Hill take EC Freestyle Snowboard podiums
Matty Cox, in his first competition as a member of the British team, took first place at the Font Romeu Slopestyle Europa Cup, giving him his first competition victory since first place in an ANZ contest in Perisher in August 2022. Also stepping up to the podium in Font Romeu was Maisie Hill, making her comeback from serious injury after almost a year in rehabilitation and recovery. In weather-impacted conditions, the women’s Slopestyle contest Finals were cancelled leaving Hill in third place from her qualifying run, which she backed up with a repeat third place finish in the Big Air contest.
The unusually challenging conditions on the mountains put paid to Billy Cockrell’s hopes of a strong performance in Slopestyle, with high winds throughout the qualifying run jeopardising his prospects from the outset.
Young secures top-30 berth in Tour de Ski
As his teammates, Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet were struck down by illness, Andrew Young delivered a week of highly consistent performances to secure a top-30 finish at the 2023/24 Tour de Ski. His 30th place finish in the final leg, a 15km C Mass Start, was enough to hold him in 27th spot in the overall contest after a gruelling week of racing.
Musgrave and Clugnet, whose Tours were both cut short early due to sickness, are now focusing on recovery ahead of the resumption of the World Cup circuit later this month.
Frustration for alpine Team amid tough conditions
The Alpine World Cup team endured a frustrating weekend amid challenging conditions across Europe.
In the Men’s Slalom, Dave Ryding was the pick of the bunch with a 21st place finish in Adelboden. Billy Major took 38th spot, while Laurie Taylor failed to finish the first run. Ryding’s finish, though, was enough to maintain a strong hold on third place in the overall season Men’s Slalom World Cup standings.
Charlie Guest’s first World Cup of the year saw her finish in 41st spot, while in Men’s Giant Slalom Charlie Raposo finished in 58th spot.