The third day of racing at the GB Alpine Championships saw Charlie Guest take the Slalom title, while Charlie Raposo grabbed third in the Giant Slalom
Amid heavy snowfall, inconsistent light, and challenging slope conditions, Charlie Guest‘s outstanding season was capped with victory in the Women’s Slalom National Championships on the third day of racing at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships.
Guest’s time of 1:28.55 saw her come in 0.2s ahead of fellow British skier, Victoria Palla, with 18-year-old Swiss, Anna Zurbriggen in third, while there was further British top-10 interest with Lois Jackson in seventh, Jess Anderson in eighth, and Sophie Foster in tenth.
After the race, Charlie Guest said:
“The conditions were definitely challenging today with the new snow overnight, but it held up really well and the second course today was actually really, really fun. It was some really nice, challenging combinations. I really enjoyed racing, and happy to come away with another national title!
“These Championships have been held for such a long time, and you look at some of the names on the trophies and they were your idols growing up, so it’s really fun to be a part of that. It’s also the only time in the year we can all come together and race, and it’s something I’ve done ever since I was really little, so to come back now and support the next generation is something I enjoy doing.”
In the men’s races, Charlie Raposo grabbed third place in the Giant Slalom, continuing his excellent late-season form with his third podium since the turn of the year. On a course which saw big names including Laurie Taylor and Championships revelation Owen Vinter bow out on the second run, Raposo’s time of 1:55.90 was enough to secure him third spot behind the French pair of Loevan Parand and Leo Anguenot, who topped the podium.
Charlie Raposo spoke afterwards, saying:
“Conditions were tough today, really tough, with the snow falling and the surface snow breaking. First run I was able to ski okay, and second run I just did what I could to fight against the fast French boys! It was a bit of a battle with them, but it worked out okay and I’m happy with it.
“It’s great to be here and see the young guys coming through. I remember being a young Brit here in Tignes and aspiring to what Dave [Ryding] was doing, so I think that’s an important part of being here, even if it’s just bringing passion to one kid who wants to keep pushing themselves.
“I’d say to any of them keep pushing, embrace the highs and lows. It’s a hell of a sport; it’s cool to be at the top of it, but it takes a lot of hard work, and that all starts with having the passion for it.”
Trophy awards for the Slalom races went to Charlie Guest, who took the Evie Pinching Salver, and Charlotte Holmes who took the Ladies Ski Club Challenge Cup and the Schools Abroad Trophy.
Charlie Raposo, meanwhile, took tthe Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup and the Men’s GS UVEX Trophy ahead of Ed Guigonnet and George Black, with Black securing the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy and the Gordon Skiers Cup.
Header Image: Charlie Guest at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France, March 2022. Photo: GB Snowsport/ Amelia Steele