Knight and Fitzpatrick reign supreme amid podium-filled weekend

Knight and Fitzpatrick reign supreme amid podium-filled weekend

The Para Snowsport squad’s remarkable season continued with a flurry of weekend podiums, while Charlotte Bankes and Mia Brookes continued their streak of podium finishes

Newly crowned World Champions, Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild, and Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Katie Guest, matched their Super-G 1-2 finish from the Para Snow Sport World Championships with the same outcome at the Are World Cup, the dual podium confirming Knight and Wild will finish the season as Super-G Crystal Globe champions, with Fitzpatrick and Guest finishing runners up.

Fitzpatrick and Guest also secured the Slalom World Cup Crystal Globe title over the weekend, and banked second place in the overall World Cup series. In the Men’s competition at the Are World Cup, Neil Simpson and guide Andrew Simpson’s second place in Giant Slalom secured bronze for the pair in the season’s overall World Cup GS standings.

Sticking in Are, Shona Brownlee added yet another podium finish to her astonishing results this season with third in the Giant Slalom, while in Klovsjo the Para Snowboard squad bagged a pair of silvers, with James Barnes-Miller and Owen Pick both grabbing second place finishes in the weekend’s two Snowboard Cross races. For Pick, the result came four years to the day after his previous Snowboard Cross medal.

James Whitley (Standing Para Alpine GS, Are World Cup) and Callum Deboys (Para Nordic Biathlon Sprint, Ostersund World Cup) also finished the weekend with top-10 finishes under the belt, coming in sixth and ninth respectively. Alex Slegg, meanwhile, took a brace of 11th place finishes in the Para Alpine Sitting Super-G and Sitting Grand Slalom in Are.

Charlotte Bankes’ Olympic preparations continued with yet another World Cup podium, this time taking bronze in Cortina in her final competition before flying out to join up with Team GB in Beijing. The result marks her fifth podium in six World Cup races this season, and saw her come in just behind France’s Chloe Trespeuch and home favourite Michela Moioli.

In Crans Montana, Mia Brookes took her season record to three competitions and three wins, coming first in the Big Air Europa Cup competition. The result builds on her back-to-back first place finishes in the Landgraaf FIS and EC competitions in November and sees her maintain her perfect streak of Europa Cup podium finishes, going back to her EC debut in Corvatsch in 2020.

Elsewhere, the Telemark season’s busy calendar saw Jasmin Taylor complete six World Cup competitions in St Gervais, France, and Melschee-Frutt, Switzerland. The pick of the results came with a second place finish in the Sprint competition in Melschee-Frutt, which saw Taylor hold off France’s Argeline Tan Bouquet in third by less than a second.

The weekly GB Snowsport results summary is presented in association with Snow+Rock

Header Image: Millie Knight and Brett Wild

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