McCormick and Muir hit the heights, Guest returns to top-20

McCormick and Muir hit the heights, Guest returns to top-20

British athletes lit up the Freestyle World Cup in Stubai, while the Alpine squads tasted success around the world

The Freeski World Cup Stubai 2021 saw British athletes lay down a significant marker for the coming season, with Chris McCormick landing a career-best seventh place in the men’s competition, and Kirsty Muir just missing out on a podium position as she finished fourth in the women’s event.

Muir, who at 17-years-old was among the youngest competitors in the field, finished marginally behind Norwegian, Johanne Killi, including two perfect back-to-back 9s, to record her second-best World Cup finish following her stunning second place run at World Cup Aspen in March and a big step up from her previous visit to Stubai, which saw her finish in tenth position.

McCormick, meanwhile, banked his first ever World Cup top-10 place with his previous best result a 19th place finish at the Silvaplana World Cup in March. In a strong field, McCormick’s score of 78.18 from a run including a switch 1440 and switch 12 up top was enough to hold off the challenge of Sweden’s Jesper Tjader, who finished .08 of a point behind him in eighth position.

James Woods and Katie Summerhayes also banked World Cup points in the men’s and women’s competitions respectively, Woods finishing in 22nd place, and Summerhayes in 29th.

Freeski Head Coach, Jamie Matthew, praised Muir and McCormick’s performances, noting that “Muir’s technicality and consistency were top notch this week”, and McCormick “finally getting the chance to showcase the depth of tricks and ability he has, with a barrage of technical rail wizardry on the lower sections”.

On the Alpine circuit, Charlie Guest’s first World Cup weekend of the 2021/22 season saw her bank her second ever top-20 finish on the World Cup circuit in Sunday’s race, after a frustrating day on Saturday ended up with a DNQ. After a brilliant first run from bib 32 on Sunday saw her move into 21st position ahead of the second run, Guest went one better ending up in 20th spot, a result only bettered by her 16th place finish in Are in March.

Elsewhere, 14-year-old Mia Brookes dominated the Women’s Slopestyle competitions in Landgraaf this weekend finishing in top spot in both the FIS and European Cup competitions. Those results continue Brookes’ sensational form from last season, which saw her record five podium finishes in six competitions, including two European Cup top spots in Davos and Leysin.

Dave Ryding’s first FIS level competition in more than six years saw him land top spot in Kaabdalis, while in Junior Alpine competitions 20-year-old Victoria Palla recorded two podium finishes in Livigno, with first and second places on Thursday and Friday.

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

Header Image: NEUSTIFT,AUSTRIA,20.NOV.21 – FREE SKI, FREESTYLE SKIING – FIS Freeski Slopestyle World Cup, men. Image shows Chris McCormick (GBR). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steinerr

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